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 over 90 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 joined the family business in May 2000 upon Ryan’s graduation from Milwaukee Area Technical College.  They are looking forward to continuing on 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


Melissa Kadinger

Melissa Kadinger, Administrative Assistant