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

Jerry  Kressin

Jerry Kressin, Bereavement Services Educator

Lori  Olson

Lori Olson, Accounting/Billing

Karen  Olson

Karen Olson, Office Manager

Randy Smeltzer

Randy Smeltzer, Apprentice Funeral Director

Terry Ford

Terry Ford, Funeral Assistant

Teresa Pejsa

Teresa Pejsa

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.