Howard J. Olson
Howard J. Olson, 83, of La Crosse passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. He was born Aug. 28, 1937, in Westby, to Olaf and Mabel (Pederson) Olson. Howard proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955, until his honorable discharge in 1957.
On June 3, 1961, he married Anita Marx, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cashton. They enjoyed 59 ½ years of marriage. Howard worked for 34 years at the Trane Company, in La Crosse. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Men's Club, the Knights of Columbus and the Trane 25-Year Club. He enjoyed family get togethers, deer and elk hunting, mowing lawns, snow removal, playing cards, traveling and time outdoors at the cabin. He also enjoyed selling raffle tickets for many charitable organizations. He was well known at the bi-annual MMOC chickencue.
In addition to his wife, Anita, he is survived by three sons, Mark Olson of Hammond, Wis., Wayne (Tiffany) Olson and Todd (Jennie) Olson, both of La Crosse; a daughter, Kathleen (Dave) LaBeause of Hammond; 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Zachary, Kourtney, Blake, Garrett, Colby, Skylar, William, David, Devon and Danielle; six great-grandchildren, Kendahl, Charlotte, Jackson, Wyatt, Camryn and Cylas; two sisters, Mae Jacobson of Westby and Lillian (Ken) Leis of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Fred (Irene) Olson of Westby; and a sister-in-law, Beatrice Olson of Westby; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ordella Olson; and a brother, Alden Olson; and a brother-in-law, Ken Jacobson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse, with the Rev. Brian D. Konopa officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors will take place immediately following the Mass. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing will be required. A live stream of the Mass can be found at http://www/mmoclacrosse.org.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mary, Mother of the Church Building Fund.
Online condolences can be submitted at www.schumacher-kish.com.