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Larry Olson

March 15, 1937 — June 7, 2024

Wausau

Larry O. Olson, 87, of Wausau, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024. He was born on March 15, 1937, in Holmen, WI, to the late Lynn and Alice Olson.

Larry, who humorously referred to himself as "The Genius" and "Emperor," led a life rich with love, dedication, and passion. He attended Holmen High School, where his love for baseball and basketball blossomed, and he discovered a lifelong affinity for mathematics. This early passion guided him to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He furthered his education with a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and in 1962, he married Mary sharing 61 years together.

Larry's professional journey saw him sharing his knowledge as a Math professor at the University of Wisconsin - Marathon Campus, where he taught for 36 years. He was beloved by his students, who admired his enthusiasm, patience, and dedication to their success. Beyond his academic achievements, Larry was a devoted grandfather who took great joy in helping his grandchildren excel in their college math courses. He was also an avid collector, always on the lookout for records, CDs, books, paintings, and sports memorabilia. Larry's love for music, especially jazz, was well-known, and he never missed an estate sale or the chance to visit the nearest resale shop. A talented artist, Larry's favorite medium was oil pastels, and he was an enthusiastic participant in numerous hobbies, including golf, tennis, and pickleball. Remarkably, he shot his age in golf at 83.

Larry's life was characterized by his deep family orientation and willingness to help others at a moment's notice. His concern for his son's and grandchildren's cars, contrasted with his indifference towards his own, highlighted his selfless nature. He enjoyed reading, biking, and running, activities that kept him vibrant and engaged throughout his life. His warmth and generosity left a lasting impact on everyone he met, and he will be deeply missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Olson; his son, Tom Olson, and daughter-in-law, Lynn Olson; his grandchildren, Amber and Andrew Olson; his sister, Ruth Werner, and brother-in-law, Brandt Werner; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Lynn Olson, his brothers, Chuck Olson and Gene Olson and his sister Marilyn Rem.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at First English Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 22, 2024. A visitation will run from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church, a lunch will follow the service. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family during this time.
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Saturday, June 22, 2024

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

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402 N 3rd Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

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