Meanwhile, Owen spent over a decade at the Ford dealership before retiring. But retirement didn’t take that first time. As he told us, “I had too much time on my hands. I saw an ad for a History teacher at the high school on the reservation and I thought, ‘I’ll apply and if I get it, fine. If not, fine.’ Turned out I was the only one to apply. I stayed 11 years and then retired.” And Roberta retired, too.
As for their family life during those careers, the Olsons had four children. Those four ended up scattered around the country and with strikingly different careers: There’s…
a daughter who’s a lawyer about to move to San Diego,
a daughter who works on the “Judge Judy” show in the L.A. area,
a son in St. Louis who is in sales, working with a company that makes slot machines for casinos,
and a son who’s an engineer with Abbot Labs in Minnesota.
Lastly, let’s end by going full circle, back to the dances. Owen and Roberta are familiar faces at The Resort dances and, at the Wednesday jam sessions. Roberta tells us, “Owen is known as the man who dances with all the ladies. That’s because he loves to dance and I’m up front, playing piano.” (Even though Roberta trained on classical music, she plays by ear, so she’s picked up gospel and country-western and has even learned to love both.)
As for how the Olsons came to The Resort, that old Resort magic once again comes into play…
The Olsons retirement plan included buying a condo on a golf course. However, before they retired, they heard about a friend who travelled the country and was headed back to The Resort to buy a place. Owen said to him, “If you find a good deal, give me a call.” And the friend called to say he’d found a deal on brand new place that the owner had decided not to move into. Photos followed, the Olsons talked it over and concluded, “Let’s go try it. If we don’t like it, we’ll sell.” And you know what’s coming: they loved The Resort and its people, and forgot about that condo on the golf course.
(Photo below: Owen and Roberta on the deck of the home of one of the daughters in California)