Lawrence Oliver Olson, 78, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Green Hills Center, West Liberty.
He was born on August 26, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Kenneth Eugene Olson and Mildred Alice Nusbaum Olson.
The family moved to the Chicago area in 1937 where Kenneth became the Dean of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Larry graduated from New Trier Township High School Cook County, IL in 1953. He attended Earlham University for two years until he joined the Army in December 1956 where he served at Fort Leonard Wood before transferring to Fort George Meade in Maryland where he served at the Third Surgical Hospital in the quartermaster dept. He was discharged in December of 1958. Larry then worked in Stock Control at General Binding Corp. and HK Porter in Chicago and later for the Department of Transportation for the State of Illinois.
Larry’s true avocation was music. He had a wonderful bass voice and gave great pleasure to many with his singing. He sang with the Methodist Church choir, the Apollo Chorus, the Chicago Men’s Choir, The Savoyaires Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Wilmette Chorus. The latter is where he met and later married Lee Anne Wickline Errington in July of 1986. He gained three sons, daughters-in-law and over the years numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In May of 1991 Larry and Lee moved to Bellefontaine, where he worked for Adia until he became a permanent employee at Midwest Express. He retired from there in 1999. After moving to Ohio he sang in the choir at First Christian Church, the West Central Ohio Choral Group and the Logannaires Barbershop Society (where he served as Secretary) and was awarded Barbershopper of the Year in 2003. In 2000 he and Lee sang at Carnegie Hall with the Baha’i Choral Group.
Larry was also proud of his volunteer work at Green Hills Center, Mary Rutan Hospital, as a docent at the Logan County Historical Museum and the Northeastern school. He also was a member of the Ohio Historical Society.
Larry and Lee are members of the Baha’i Faith and greatly enjoyed their two trips to Haifa, Israel where they went on pilgrimage visiting the Baha’i Shrines where Baha’u’llah, the Prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith and members of His family are buried. They also journeyed to London, England and did a cross-country train trip through Chicago, Texas, Arizona and California. Larry was a good traveling companion and enjoyed seeing and learning new things.
Larry is survived by his wife, Lee Anne, three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His brother Stuart (wife Sally) Olson, sister Marge (husband Tom) Dome and numerous nephews and nieces all of whom he loved very much. Larry was a gentle, humble man who enjoyed life and people. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine. Friends may call on Friday to the funeral home from 5 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.