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Olaf Ness

July 11, 1920 — December 14, 2012

Olaf A. Ness, 92, of Avondale St, died Friday, Dec 14, 2012. He was born in Norway on July 11, 1920 to Olaf J. and J. Matilda (Mellingen) Ness. Olaf worked in the CCC Camp 3709 at Seagull Lake on the Gunflint Trail. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and became a U. S. Citizen while stationed in England. He married Alice Gilbertson on Nov 15, 1946 in Duluth. They had five daughters, "the Ness Girls", 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Olaf worked for Minnesota Power for 29 years, retiring as a welder and shop foreman in 1983. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, a loyal and respected man and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice; a brother, John Ness and a sister, Merry Hendrickson. Olaf is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Larry Bubacz and Dairlyn and Lanny Gower, all of Duluth, Jeanette and Jim Johnson of Hastings, MN, Helene and Tom Pavlowich of Spearfish, SD, and Lisa and Rob Hudson of Prescott, WI; grandchildren, Shane (Amy) Bubacz, Anne (Greg) Hamann, Jill (Jeremy) Magnuson, Christopher Gower, Jason Johnson, Jaime Hansen, Tyler Pavlowich, Peter (Lindsey) Pavlowich, Katie Hudson and Ryan Elmquist; great-grandchildren, Spencer, Grace, Zachary, Luke, Skye, Treyton, Austin, Adelin and AliceN; a sister, Irene Lundquist and a brother, Harold (Jeanne) Ness; a brother-in-law, Vernon (Lee) Gilbertson, many nieces and nephews and good friend, Jerry Jackson. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 in Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home and will continue from 12 noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Wednesday in Faith Lutheran Church. 1814 North 51st Ave East. Pastor Sam Kautz officiating. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. To sign the guestbook on line, visit

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