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March 18, 1961 – Friday, June 28, 2019

Service Information
Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted High School
Wednesday, July 3rd 2019
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted High School
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
10:00 A.M. to time of service

Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted High School
8700 County Road 6 Southwest
Howard Lake, Minnesota 55349

Debra K. (Olson), age 58, of Lester Prairie, MN, died tragically Friday morning, June 28th, 2019 in a helicopter crash in Brainerd, MN. Celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd, at Howard Lake- Waverly -Winsted High School, 8700 County Road 6 S.W., Howard Lake, MN. Visitation will from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Debra “Deb” Kay Schott was born in Litchfield, MN. She was the only daughter to Robert R. Olson and Norma A. Olson (Johnson). She graduated high school at Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg (KMS) high school. Deb graduated nursing school from Ridgewater College, Willmar. She graduated from Crown College with her Bachelors in Science Nursing (BSN). Deb was currently employed as a RN at the Ridgeview Emergency Department and Flight Nurse for North Air Care. She will miss working with all of her friends and co-workers! Deb married Gary Schott in 2007 in Maui, HI. She loved to travel, working in the garden, and was an avid photographer and her favorite was taking scenic photos. She loved spending her time with her kids and grandkids! Deb was a prior Winsted Reserve Officer, McLeod County Posse member, Ridgeview Ambulance Service (EMT-I), Winsted American Legion Post # 407 Ladies Auxiliary member, Lester Prairie Lions Member, MSRA and Gasholes Car Club out of Hutchinson, MN. She will miss her red mustang convertible! She is survived by her husband Gary L. Schott; daughter Kristie (John) Collins of San Antonio, TX, and son Craig (Heidi) Hatlestad of Winsted, MN; two grandchildren, Hailee Collins and Bryce Hatlestad; mother Norma Olson; Brother Timothy Olson both of Sunburg, MN; step-daughter Jennifer (Phil) Lachermeier and step son Brent (Becky) Schott all of Winsted, MN; step-grandchildren Taylor (Zach) Lachermeier of Silver Lake, MN and Benjamin Lachermeier of Winsted, MN, Chloe and Trevin Schott of Winsted, MN, and Desiree, Brianna, and Preston Collins (Omaha, NE) and her beloved dog Meka. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Olson and son Jeffrey Hatlestad.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Stephen McHale

    Such a tragic loss. A kind soul, that touched many people, that will be missed greatly!

  2. Richard Sherlock

    All of us at AAMS are very saddened by this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and colleagues.

  3. Jeffery McCall

    No words can express how I heard the news of a fellow EMS sister fallen in the line of Duty. I may have not known Deb. But my heart is heavy to know that she served our state for those in need. I offer my condolences to the Schott family for the loss of my EMS sister. We are EMS strong and will stay strong as the days move ahead. One last word for Deb, You are in heaven and rest peaceful and we will take over from here. God Speed. From an EMT from Tyler Ambulance Service in SW Minnesota.

  4. Jeanette Clark Smit

    To Debbie’s family my prayers and sympathy to you all. Debbie was a great person inside and out. I graduated with Debbie and she touched so many lives. May the memories of this awesome lady help you through.

  5. Michael and Maureen Betker

    Uncle Gary and family,
    We are glad we got to know Deb
    even just a little bit, what a neat lady. We are thinking of you and sending much love your way.

  6. Laura Hagelin

    Gary and other loved ones of Deb’s; So sad to hear of Deb’s passing. We used to live in Winsted for number of years and the kids went to school back in
    the day together. I worked for Ridgeview in the Hospice/Homehealth Dept. for about 12 years. Sending prayers your way. God be with you always. Take Care.

  7. Andy Galles

    What a terrible loss. Deb was such a great person, friend, wife, mother, and giver. I have very fond memories of her as a LP officer in the late 90s. She took us in, fed us, and made us feel like family. Never forget Deb and the legacy she leaves behind. God bless.

  8. Dana Hughes

    Kristie and family,

    My condolences during this difficult time. Please know even though your mom isn’t here physically on earth, her spirit and legacy is within all of you.

    Continued Prayers,


    PSALM 30:5
    Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.


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