DeWayne Olson


DeWayne Jeffrey Olson, husband of Kimberly Bentz, Bismarck, passed away January 27, 2022, at Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, after a brief, brave and courageous battle with cancer.  Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.  For those not attending the service will be livestreamed on the Bismarck Facebook page.

DeWayne was born the youngest child of Harold and Rosella Olson on October 30, 1966, in Grafton, ND. The family moved to Devils Lake, ND in 1970 where he was raised and educated in the Devils Lake Public School system, graduating in 1985. DeWayne was an avid boy scout.  While taking his hunter safety course he won a “Sharp Shooter” award. During and after high school he worked for Schwan Wholesale. He later went to work for Lake Lumber, Devils Lake. DeWayne got married in 1987 and had two children, Samantha and Jeffrey. He later moved to Bismarck, ND and worked for Conlin’s Furniture. DeWayne met and married the love of his life Kimberly Bentz in 1992. They had a daughter Brandi and son Codi. They moved to Beach, ND briefly where Kimberly obtained her first job in social work. DeWayne attended college in Glendive, MT and Bismarck, ND obtaining a degree in IT. The family then moved back to Bismarck at which time DeWayne obtained a job with Transportation Security Administration, advancing to a TSA instructor up to the time of his death.

DeWayne was very protective of his wife and children. We believe this is why he fought so hard to stay with us to the very end, needing assurance his wife and children would be watched over and cared for through their grief and heavy hearts. He had a great sense of humor loving to play practical jokes on everyone. He especially loved scaring people to hear them laugh!  DeWayne loved hunting and fishing. He and Kimberly spent their summers camping and fishing in his boat “Dacious”. He had two beloved chocolate labs they called “the girls” who he trained as his hunting companions. He was a die-hard Patriots fan and an “in the closet” Vikings fan. DeWayne also took great pride in landscaping his yard.

DeWayne leaves behind his loving wife, Kimberly; daughter Samantha, Oregon; sons, Jeffrey, Kentucky, and Codi, Bismarck; his mother, Rosella Olson, Devils Lake; sisters, Deb Isakson, Jamestown, Doreen (Gordon) Felch, Fargo; and brother Doug, Devils Lake. Olson: Nephews Shawn (Jennifer) Olson, Leeds; Chris (Jayme) Isakson, Fargo; Ben Felch, Fargo. Nieces Jennifer (Brian) Buchanan, Fargo; Lea (Jake) Znidarsich, Madison, WI and Kayla (James) Rushton, Lakota, ND. Father-in-law Harold Bentz; Brother-in-law Russell Bentz. Sister-in-laws Tanya (Terry) Moszer; Laurie (Todd) Keena; Melissa (Troy) Flath, all in the Bismarck, area. Bentz: Nephews Travis (Christa) Moszer, Eric (Casey) Bentz, Shawn (Sarah) Keena, Nickolas (Mary) Keena, Nathaniel (Allison) Keena; Nieces Heather Bentz, Tara Lynn (Ricky) Volk, Amy Bentz, Miranda (Dylan) Leingang and many great nieces and nephews. His best friends Bob and Dennis.

DeWayne was preceded in death by his daughter Brandi, father Harold, mother-in-law Lucille; labs, Lizzy and Sadie; grandparents, aunts and uncles.

A special thank you to the Sanford Medical Center nurses, Sanford Palliative Care and Hospice and CHI Palliative Care that took such great care of DeWayne during his last days.

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Kim and family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Sending hugs and prayers. ❤️🙏🏻😢

Kim and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with DeWayne for almost twenty years. I considered DeWayne one of my most trusted friends at work. We had many conversations about family, work, football and life over the years. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss as DeWayne will be missed!

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kim and family, DeWayne was a Great guy! He was my friend and I will forever miss him. He trained me at work and that makes me think about him every day. I enjoyed his sense of humor. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

I knew DeWayne very briefly in my TSA Career. I know that he was passionate about what he did and loved to tell a good story. I feel privileged to have him instruct my very formative instruction as a TSA Officer. He will be dearly missed. Gods Blessings and Care to you and your family in this difficult time.

Very saddened to hear this. DeWayne trained me many years ago, and I worked with him for 8-years with TSA. He was always one to play the best pranks, and I fell for many of those pranks and scares! I sure will miss his fish stories every summer.
He was proud of his family, and this was evident when he spoke of them.
Kim, and family, my deepest sympathies. 🙏😞

I also have had the pleasure working with DeWayne. He was a jokester, a good friend to everyone, and a true family man! I feel he was also working toward becoming a Steelers fan!! I will miss his visits! So sorry Kim and family…you were most definitely his world!! You could see that when he showed pictures!!! Peace to you all!🙏🏻

Oh, Kim … I am so sorry to read about your DeWayne. I had no idea that he was fighting Cancer. You have had too many grief journeys and I send you a big hug filled care and sympathy. You and Codi will be in my heart as you grieve and I will be here if you need me.

I am so thankful to have met Wayne and his family. His family’s humbleness and love will forever be with me.

Kim, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

KIM and family and the rest of the families.
I lived across the street from The Olson’s. Debbie and I were friends. She is my daughter’s godmother.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Kim,,Marlene and I are so sorry for your loss of DeWayne! We have known you both for a short time as next door neighbors, but feel so close. DeWayne always reached out to me if I was working in the yard, usually brought a cold Busch, and a dose of BS!! He seemed to always see the bright side of life. Please know he is with Jesus with no pain!! We love you Kim.

Kim- I am so very saddened to read this. I never knew if Dewayne was going to be happy to see me that day or not but I always enjoyed his jokes. If there’s anything you need please let us know. Our prayers are with you. Doug & Amy L

It was an honor caring for Dewayne. I am incredibly sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort in the days to come.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

I was surprised to hear of Dewayne’s passing. I worked with Dewayne until my departure in 2009. We maintained contact each time we passed through BIS. He was proud of his family and his dogs. Please accept our prayers 🙏🙏.