History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Olson Funeral Home has served area families with dignity and professionalism for nearly 100 years, spanning four generations.

Founders Carl and Clara Olson operated a funeral home in Menomonie for several years before purchasing the property where Olson Funeral Home now stands.  Second generation, Richard Olson and his wife Jeanne joined them after World War II. In 1974, third generation, Richard K. Olson and his wife, Karen took over.  Richard and Karen continue to be involved in the family business and have been great mentors for Ryan, Richard and Karen’s son, and his wife, Lori. 

Ryan and Lori Olson became the latest owners of the family business in 2009.   They are looking forward to continuing  a family tradition of serving area families and providing one-of-a-kind services to fit each family’s wishes.


Our Valued Staff

Ryan  Olson

Ryan Olson, Licensed Funeral Director


Steve  McWithey

Steve McWithey, Licensed Funeral Director

Steve started working as an apprentice for Olson’s in 2009 and graduated from Arapahoe Community College with a Mortuary Science Degree in 2012. He has been a part of the Menomonie community for over 15 years. Wife Angie, three children, Samuel, Sidney & Jacob. Enjoys camping and going to tractor pulls and loves to spending time with family and friends.


Randy Smeltzer

Randy Smeltzer, Apprentice Funeral Director


Lukas Olson

Lukas Olson

Lukas A. Olson is the son of Ryan and Lori Olson. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the Business Management program at CVTC in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Lukas assists with funeral and visitations and is enjoying the aspects of funeral service. Lukas plans to complete the Business Management program and then attend mortuary school. He will be the 5th generation of Olson's to join the family business.


Karen  Olson

Karen Olson, Office Manager


Lori  Olson

Lori Olson, Accounting/Billing


Teresa Pejsa

Teresa Pejsa

Teresa Pejsa joined the staff at Olson Funeral Home in fall of 2015. Both Teresa and her husband, Matt Pejsa, were raised here in Menomonie and they have three children; Anna, Nora and Drew. She is honored to serve the staff and families during this time of their lives.


Terry Ford

Terry Ford, Funeral Assistant


Jerry  Kressin

Jerry Kressin, Bereavement Services Educator