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Goglin Funeral Home, Yankton
Friday October 28th, 2016
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Mark Olesen

Rodger Wenzlaff
 “Amazing Grace” by George Jones
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones
Mark LeRoy Olesen was born on June 24, 1945 to LeRoy and Phyllis Olesen in Yankton, South Dakota. He was raised on the family farm west of Viborg where he went to country school and later graduated from Freeman Academy. In October 1965, Mark was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Ft. Myer, Virginia and went on to attain the rank of E4. On August 19, 1967, during his time of service, he married Savella Gayle and they had two children, Mark and Tamara. In 1972, Mark and his family moved back to South Dakota and began farming west of Viborg until his retirement in 1991.
In 1991, Mark moved to Yankton where he later met Mary Neuharth and they were married in 1995. Mark will always be remembered for his cowboy boots, western hat, sense of humor, and stories from the “good ol’ days.” He loved spending time with his grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, his cat Spooker, and his family and friends. Mark had a love for travel, as he would say, “I saw it all in the 50 states, except Hawaii.” Mark and Savella traveled all of Europe and Mark and Mary traveled throughout Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Mark recently became a “snowbird” and spent time the last two winters in Arizona with his mother where they made many friends and loved the warmer weather. He also loved to listen to the songs of the legendary country singer, George Jones.
Mark passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Sioux Falls after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71.
He is survived by his wife Mary Olesen; son Mark (Nicole) Olesen; daughter Tamara Olesen (Harvey); grandchildren: Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Amelia; his mother Phyllis Olesen; brothers: Garland, Burnell (Mary), David, LeRoy Jr. (Brandi); sisters: Mary (Rodger) Wenzlaff, Blanche (Allen) Vannorsdel, Peggy (Dave) Martin, Bonnie (Dave) Hubbs, and Brenda Olesen (Dan Hauser); former sister-in-law Michele;  and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, brother Tim, niece Candice Olesen, his first wife Savella, and his father-in-law Philip Neuharth Jr.
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6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Goglin Funeral Home
Yankton, South Dakota
Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791 and the
South Dakota National Guard
Funeral Honors Guard
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To Mary and the Olesen Family, Although i only knew Mark through Mary and her family he was a great person and always liked every person he met. God bless you and may he rest in peace.

Mike Solomon Oct 28 2016 5:20 PM

I went to school with many of Mark's siblings. Although he was older than I, his siblings always talked about him and his family. May he rest in peace. Deepest sympathy on your loss.

Karen Jensen Oct 28 2016 9:56 AM

Mark always had a big smile and a wave for me when I would see him over at his mother's house. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Patty Vavra Oct 27 2016 4:40 PM

So sorry to hear of Marks passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary Jo and Roger

Mary J Bonertz Oct 27 2016 1:45 PM

I went to country school with Mark , he was alittle older than me but memories from childhood is always treasured!!!He will be missed!!Sympathy to the family. May God give you all strength , and know there are loved ones and friends thinking of you all!!!

viola Johnson-Heimes Oct 27 2016 11:15 AM

So sorry for your lose. He was a great man.he always had a smile on his face when you seen him.

Christina king Oct 26 2016 10:52 PM