We regret to advise of the death of Stan Olafson peacefully on 26 April 2020 in the Kipling Integrated Health Centre in Kipling SK just six months shy of his 100th birthday. Stan was a WW II veteran who was looking forward to turning 100 as a WWII Veteran on Remembrance Day 2020.
Stan was born and grew up on the farm north of Windthorst SK. He attended a one-room country school in the Hillesden District while working on the farm when not studying. Stan enlisted in the Canadian Army with the Royal Canadian Engineers at the age of 21. Following training in Prince Albert SK and Chilliwack BC, he deployed overseas in 1943. Stan’s unit was part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and was with the second wave of Canadian soldiers that landed at Normandy on 7 June 1944, following the D-Day landings. Stan fought through France, Belgium and Holland.
Stan returned to Saskatchewan near the end of 1945 and farmed with his father and brother Bill. He loved farming, his community, and sports. He was the family historian. Stan excelled as a baseball player, curler and pool at the seniors' centre. Stan had a long and healthy life and was sharp to the end. His driver's license was renewed for five more years when he was 98. He was a proud veteran and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion who participated in countless remembrance services in Windthorst and Kipling.
In consideration of the current gathering restrictions, memorial services and interment will be planned for a later date. If friends desire, donations in Stan's memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 6 Kipling Box 837, Kipling, SK S0G 2S0, the Windthorst Museum c/o Windthorst Village Office Box 98 Windthorst, SK S0G 5G0, or Kipling Palliative Care Box 989 Kipling, SK, S0G 2S0.
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