Clarence Lester Olswold, age 92 of Amana, Iowa, died Saturday February 2, 2013, at Colonial Manor of Amana, Amana, Iowa. Per his wishes, his body was donated to the University of Iowa for medical research. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2013, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford, Iowa, with Rev. David Mosher officiating. The family will receive friends after 10:00 A.M. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be contributed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.
Clarence is survived by his wife Clarice; his sons, Eugene of New Ulm, MN, Allen (Kathy) of DeSoto, TX, Charles (Alice) of Muscatine, Richard (Bonnie) of Middlesex, NY, and Ronald (Debbie) of Walford, IA; nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Lillie Bagstad Olswold, along with a sister Mae Lugg.
Clarence Lester Olswold was born May 28, 1920, in Lyle, Minnesota, the son of Henry Olswold and Lillie Bagstad Olswold. He graduated from Lyle High School in 1937. Clarence married Clarice Kirkeby on August 16, 1941 in Osage, IA. On April 5, 1942, he joined the Navy where he served for 3 years on a submarine during WWII. In October 1945, Clarence returned to Osage where he owned and operated a plumbing business. In 1967, the couple moved to the Amana and Williamsburg area, where he worked as a cabinet and clock maker at Amana Furniture. Clarence was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford and Sub Vets of WWII.