Floyd Allen Olson, 72, died of cancer July 3, 2017.
Funeral services were held July 8, in Tulsa Okla.
Floyd Allen Olson was born, July 14, 1944, to Carl and Gladys Olson at the Brookings Hospital in Brookings and was the second of four children.
He attended a country school near White and the remainder of grade school and high school in Brookings.
While growing up, he had an avid interest in cars, such as hot rods and car magazines and spent time with his dad fishing and hunting rabbits and pheasants.
Upon graduation from high school, he entered the Navy and received a medical discharge,
He then moved to Tulsa, Okla., and attended the Spartan School for Aeronautics and 14 months (1965-1966) obtaining FAA mechanic airframe and power plant licenses.
Floyd moved to Indianapolis for over a year working as an airplane mechanic and then moved to Kansas City, Mo., working for General Aviation and then later Vending Machines Manufacturing.
In October 1969, Floyd returned to Tulsa and worked as an auto mechanic until 1972. He then started 20-plus years of employment with Unit Rig & Equipment as a welder in the manufacturing of open pit mining trucks and later became and assembly mechanic of the same. In 1996 he became employed at American Airlines then later at McDonnell-Douglas 80 Heavy Checks (overhaul).
He married Velma Jean Wood on May 18, 1969, in Tulsa.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Velma Jean; daughter, Donna Sue; brother, Vernon (Cindy) Olson; a sister, Verneta (Ray) Erickson along with many nieces and nephews.
Floyd was preceded death by his parents, Carl and Gladys Olson and an older brother LaVern at 4 years old.