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James Howard Olson

July 8, 1945 - June 28, 2020


James H. Olson age 74 of Lennon, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at his home. A graveside service will take place 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Wilkinson Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

James Howard Olson was born July 8, 1945 in Grayling, MI a son of Herbert and Hazel (Moore) Olson. On November 23, 1968 he married Jo Carol Watkins. She preceded him in death in 2000. James enjoyed playing guitar at senior centers, country music and his 2012 orange Hemi Dodge Challenger. He retired from General Motors in 1986 after working for over 20 years.

James is survived by his daughters, Jennifer (Phil) Brady and Nancy (Don) Scott; granddaughter, Mira Brady; brother, Rodger (Phyllis) Olson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Olson and his parents, Herbert and Hazel Olson.

Memorial Contributions in James's name are suggested to the Durand Memorial Library. Online condolences may be sent at