HARDY - Brycen Jeremiah Olson, age 3, of Hardy, passed away October 27, 2012 at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, MN. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday November 2, 2012 at the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Humboldt. Interment will be in Trinity Cemetery, Hardy. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.
Brycen Jeremiah Olson was born on July 9, 2009 in Spring Hill, Florida. In January of 2010 he was admitted to the hospital in critical condition with little chance of survival. In May of 2010, he was moved to the pediatric wing of Sabal Palms Care Facility. In early 2011, Brycen's new case manager, Allison, arranged to have volunteers come to visit him in the nursing facility. One of these volunteers would eventually become his very special Aunt Jane. As she shared Brycen's story with family and friends, asking for their prayers on his behalf, Jane's sister and brother-in-law, Mark and Carolyn Olson felt God's leading telling them to adopt him. For nearly a year, while Mark and Carolyn took classes and legal matters were in progress, Jane continued to spend time with Brycen in the nursing facility watching him blossom with the love and attention that he had been missing out on.
On March 2, 2012, Brycen arrived in Iowa, meeting his immediate and extended family at the airport for the first time. The next six months he spent with his loving family as they waited for the adoption to be finalized. The adoption was finalized on August 30, 2012. Brycen was showing a lot of improvements thanks to his many therapists who worked with him. After living in a hospital and nursing facility for nearly two years, he was able to enjoy many new experiences during his brief time in Iowa including attending church, camping, boat rides, football games, airshows, weddings, going to the beach, and many family gatherings. His third birthday was extra special since it was the first one that he was able to spend at home with family around him to celebrate.
On October 15, he was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Minnesota in Minneapolis due to an internal hernia. Over the next twelve days, he underwent four operations. Despite the excellent care of the doctors, nurses, and staff at the hospital, he did not recover. He went to meet Jesus at 10:08 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 while in his mother's arms and surrounded by his family.
Brycen is survived by his parents, Mark and Carolyn; sister, Becky; and brothers, Joshua, Justin, and Jeremiah. He is also survived by grandparents, Charlotte Olson and Duane and Barbara Larson; his very special friend Aunt Jane; and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In his brief life, Brycen brought joy and happiness to everyone around him. His big smile was contagious to anyone who met him.