History & Staff

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

Our History

Our History

Olson Funeral Home has served area families with dignity and professionalism forever 100 years, spanning five 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

    Ryan attended Milwaukee Area Tech and graduated in 2000. He's proud to be a part of the Olson Funeral Home family business (4th generation!). Being able to serve the Menomonie community has been such a blessing. Ryan and his wife, Lori, have three children, Lukas (Maggie), Maya, and Carver. Ryan enjoys mountain biking, lifting, and hanging out with family and friends.

  • Lukas Olson

    Lukas Olson Licensed Funeral Director

    Luke Olson is the fifth generation to work at Olson Funeral Home starting in 2015. He attended CVTC in Chippewa Fall before completing his Mortuary Science Program in Arapahoe, CO. Both Luke and his wife Maggie grew up and live in the Menomonie area. Together they have one child and expecting another in February 2023. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycle, being on the boat and spending time with his family. Luke is honored to work with families during this time of their lives.

  • 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 spending time with family and friends.

  • Randy Smeltzer

    Randy Smeltzer Apprentice Funeral Director

    Randy joined the Olson Funeral Home team in 2014, he was born and raised in Menomonie. In their free time, Randy and his wife Ranie enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, boating, and riding UTV.

  • Josey Rieber

    Josey Rieber Apprentice Funeral Director

  • Teresa Pejsa

    Teresa Pejsa Grief Support & Certified Celebrant

    Teresa Pejsa joined the staff at Olson Funeral Home in fall of 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree, and is a specialist in grief support, crisis support and a licensed celebrant. Both Teresa and her husband, Matt Pejsa, were raised here in Menomonie and they have three children Anna, Nora and Drew and two dogs Bobber and Arlo. In her free time, she enjoys watching her kids events, hunting, and going for a ride in the country. She is honored to serve the families during this time of their lives.

  • Terry Ford

    Terry Ford Funeral Assistant

  • Lori  Olson

    Lori Olson Accounting/Billing

    Lori grew up in Menomonie (Little Elk Creek). She loves being a part of this wonderful community! Lori and her husband, Ryan, have three children, Lukas (Maggie), Maya and Carver. Lori enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, home projects and most recently, being a grandma.

  • Maggie Olson

    Maggie Olson Office Manager & Graphic Designer

    Maggie is one of the newest members of the Olson Funeral Home staff starting January 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and graduated from the university of Wisconsin Stout in 2019. Both Maggie and her husband Luke grew up and live in the Menomonie area. Together they have one child and expecting another in February 2023. In her free time, she enjoys planting flowers, painting watercolors, drinking coffee, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Karen  Olson

    Karen Olson Office Manager

    Karen is a lifelong Menomonie area resident. She and her husband Richard have three grown chil­dren, Rich, Ryan (Lori), and Bethany (Brady) Schindler, also nine grandchildren and two great­grandchildren. She has been honored to serve many families through Olson Funeral Home over the years and is now anticipating retirement. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending grandchildren's activities and reading.

  • Richard Olson

    Richard Olson Funeral Director

    Richard is the third generation in the Olson Funeral Home family business. He was a 1973 graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College. He was honored to serve the Menomonie community for many years, retiring in 2010. He and his wife Karen have three grown children, Rich, Ryan (Lori), and Bethany (Brady) Schindler, also nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Dick is still active in several community organizations and has enjoyed being a Hunter Safety Instruction for over 50 years. He is now enjoying retirement.