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11/28/2019
Leo Olson
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
December 17, 1925 - November 27, 2019
Visitation: Service:
Monday December 2, 2019 Tuesday December 3, 2019
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 11:30 A.M.
Hoof Funeral Home Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Reedsburg
Leo J. Olson, age 93, of Reedsburg, died on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Zimmerman Nursing Home. He was born on December 17, 1925 in Bear Valley, the son of Samuel and Anna (Schmitz) Olson. Leo graduated from Lone Rock High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Marines with his cousin, Gilbert Olson. They were deployed to Iwo Jima where Gilbert was killed. Leo was redeployed to Japan as an interpreter after the War was over. While attending college at North Dakota he joined the National Guard. He was then activated during the Korean War and sent to Alabama where he was a medic. Leo found his true occupation as a radio announcer for WRCO in Richland Center where he met his future wife Elaine Murphy. They were married on July 2, 1955 and moved to Clinton, Iowa where Leo worked at KROS radio station. In 1957 they moved to Reedsburg to work at WRDB radio station doing early news, announcing sports events and selling advertising. He later bought Lee's Toggery and sold men's clothing for 24 years. During that time he coached Little League, sponsored a girl's softball team and played in city league softball. One of Leo's greatest passions was singing. He performed in many Baraboo Theatre Guild Productions over many years including Take Me Along, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Vaudeville and many more. He also belonged to a barbershop quartet and entertained with Lois Kivlin and Mary Ann Durand. Leo and Elaine spent 26 years as snowbirds in Arizona playing frequent rounds of tennis until he was 91 and socializing with friends and family. Since July of 2019 Leo has had excellent care at Zimmerman Nursing Home. Thank you to Marion Zimmerman and staff for the wonderful care given to Leo. Survivors include his wife: Elaine; his children: Mark (Sara), of Menasha, WI; Gary (Vicky), of Winter Park, FL; Bruce (Beverly), of Lexington, SC and Mary Malinowski (Dave), of Mesa, AZ; 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Dorothy Wiedenfeld, Mary Fleming, Cyril Olson, Eulalia Radloff, John Olson and Jean Walsh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg with Father David Carrano officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg and after 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday at the church. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
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