MONDOVI - Merlin "Buster" L. Olufson, 83, passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his winter home in Mathis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Norden, with Rev. David Bangert officiating. Burial will be at Church Cemetery following the service. Military honors held by the Mondovi American Legion Post 154.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Kjentvet - Smith Funeral Home in Mondovi and again on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

He was born Aug. 7, 1927 in Mondovi to Hjalmer and Ella (Isaacson) Olufson. He married Leorra Steinke in Mondovi on July 11, 1953.

Buster was in the Navy from 1945 until 1947. He farmed in Norden and worked at Uniroyal as a machine operator for 30 years. He retired in 1986.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Norden and Mondovi American Legion Post 154.

Buster enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling.

He is survived by his wife; Leorra of Mondovi; children, Jeffery Olufson of Bay City, WI., Jennifer and Tom Atwood Olufson of Bruce, WI., Victoria and Tony Stone of Stephenville, Teresa and John Accola of Mondovi, WI. and Julie and Wade Godfrey of Stephenville; grandchildren; Jonathan, Elizabeth, Dalton, Ashley, Erica, Jack, Jake, Baylee and Hadlee; great grandchildren, Ella and Braedyn; sister, Janis (Everett) Grilley of Sarona, WI., and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, LaMoine "Bob" Olufson.

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