James Olson loved fixing small engines

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James L. Olson, 55, of Williston, N.D, died Wednesday evening, June 27, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center after a lengthy illness, in Bismarck, N.D. He was surrounded by his beloved family.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Fulkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Williston. A good friend, Lynn Helms, will share comments and scripture at the service and inurnment of Jim’s cremains will be held at the Riverview Cemetery in Williston. A reception will follow the inurnment at the New Hope Wesleyan Church on 26th Street, North Williston.
James Lee Olson was born October 16, 1956, in Mobridge, the only child to Vern and Irene (Dikoff) Olson. He was raised at Timber Lake and graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1974. At an early age, James was very fond of mechanics and learned early on from his father, Vern, the workings of the world of engines.  He worked after school and on weekends in the shop where his father worked. This hands-on education from his father and others, inspired Jim to pursue all the opportunities he could to learn all there was in the area of gas and diesel engines. He even had a repair shop with his dad for a time. He also had a love of three-wheeler, four-wheeler, and motorcycle- small engine repair. This led him to pursue a career in the power sports industry and later led to his vocation in the diesel technician industry.
James was united in marriage to Cindy Banning in Williston on Sept. 11, 1993. To this union two children, Steph and Zach were born. The couple made their home for a time at Timber Lake and there they owned and operated “The Shop” a power sports store. This allowed Jim to sell, build and fix anything that had an engine and wheels.  Their business expanded and the family moved to Mobridge in 2001, where the “Polaris Shop” was opened.  Jim also worked for several car dealerships- Lamb’s in Onida and Beadle Ford in Mobridge.
In 2008, Jim moved his family to Williston to be closer to Cindy’s family and James began work at Select Ford in Williston as a diesel technician. He later worked for Blaine’s Auto Body (Power Stroke Diesel) and was last employed as a diesel technician for CCS/Tervita when his health began to fail.
Jim will always be fondly remembered for his love of family and God, his need to work hard and to provide for his family, a love of engines, and spending time on Lake Oahe fishing, on a four-wheeler or motorcycle kicking up dust, or watching NASCAR and favoring drivers like, Biffel, Kenseth and Edwards.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy, of Williston; his two children, Steph and Zach; his mother-in-law, Hilda Banning; sister-in-law, Pat Buck and her daughter, Kayla Buck  all of Williston; uncle, Ray Olson and family of Spearfish; aunt, Loretta Olson and family of Spearfish; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Irene Olson; his grandparents; father-in-law, Lowell Banning; brother-in-Law, John Buck; and uncle Elwood.
Friends may share memories and condolences with the family online at www.fulkersons.com. Signing of the guest register will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Fulkerson Funeral Home.

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