Howard J. Olson
1937 - 2021
BORN
August 28, 1937
DIED
January 9, 2021

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.



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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Jan. 13, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
15
Visitation
9:30a.m.
Mary, Mother of the Church Parish
2006 Weston St., La Crosse, Wisconsin
Jan
15
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30a.m.
Mary, Mother of the Church Parish
2006 Weston St., La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services - La Crosse
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Mae, Mavis & Tami Jacobson
Family
January 16, 2021
Howard was a very caring person
Kris Oldenburg
Neighbor
January 15, 2021
I USE TO USHLER WITH HOWARD AND MY DAD JAMES OLDENBURG AT MARY MOTHER OF CHURCH.
ALAN OLDENBURG
Neighbor
January 15, 2021
DeAR aNITA & fAMILY WERE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF hOWARDS PASSING. wE WILL MISS SEEING HIM USHER AT CHURCH. wE WERE GOING TO COME TO VISITATION BUT THE WEATHER PREVENTED US . yOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. sINCERELLY tOM & dIANE eLSEN
January 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was always so friendly when I'd see him in church. Betty
Betty Dayton
January 14, 2021
Anita and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Our deepest wishes of sympathy.We have all been parish members for so many years.
Tom and Mary Poellinger
January 14, 2021
Anita & Family
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim worked with Howie for many years at Trane and bought many raffle tickets. Howie was a good guy.
Jim & Pat Schermerhorn
Coworker
January 14, 2021
At Trane, or at our home during lawn raking season, Howie was always such a class act. He truly is one of the good guys. Betty and I offer condolences to Howie's family.
Larry Olson
January 13, 2021
Howard I always enjoyed his conversations. They were sometimes humous and sometimes serious. But when ever he seen me there was a good and happy talk. GOD BLESS HOWARD.
Edward Laxton
Coworker
January 13, 2021
Anita, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Howard had a positive impact on all who came in contact with him, and we are blessed to have known both of you.
John and Cheri Keuler
January 13, 2021
Howard was the best neighbor that you could ever ask for. He was there to help with whatever needed to be done. He always had a joke to tell and both Al and I always had a great time with Howard and Anita. There was laughing and joking and caring from Howard. We will miss you so much around the neighborhood. RIP Howard.
Susan Bluske
Neighbor
January 13, 2021
Sympathy Gift courtesy of Mary Johnson. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Howard J. Olson.
Mary Johnson
January 13, 2021
So sorry for you're loss n he was always a great help to my grandma.... He will be missed by Jennifer, my aunts , and cousin and myself... May he now be resting in peace hugs to you and you're family
Danielle Saltzman
January 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Howie was a great guy. Always had that grin when he talked and joked around. We will miss Howie. My dad, Frank Freismuth will really miss him!!
kim shockey
Acquaintance
January 13, 2021
Canadian Pacific Railway
January 13, 2021
Such a wonderful man and such a good friend to so many. Howie always had a smile on his face and was willing to help out wherever and whenever needed.
Pam and Al Severson
Friend
January 12, 2021
Our deepest sympathy Anita and family. We had met Howie on several occasions, mostly KC fund raisers. He always had a smile and something nice to say.
Barb and Dan Hurley. Lorraine's sister
Acquaintance
January 12, 2021
Anita and family, my DEEPEST Sympathy. It was such a joy to be around you two. Always a smile. RIP, Howard. FLY HIGH. You are loved and will be missed by MANY. Thank you for your service. Prayers and HUGS!!
Janet Allen
Friend
January 12, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear about Howard's passing. We are sending our prayers & love to you Anita & family at this time.
Betty & Bernie Mullenbach.
Peace with you.....
Betty & Bernie Mullenbach
Friend
January 12, 2021