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Larry K. Olesen

January 21, 1942 July 14, 2018
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Obituary for Larry K. Olesen

Larry K. Olesen, 76, of Iowa City, passed away on July 14th surrounded by family at Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.

A gathering to celebrate Larry’s life will be from 4-6pm on Saturday, July 28th at The Kirkwood Room (515 Kirkwood Ave) in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or The American Red Cross.

Larry was born into very meager means on January 21st, 1942 in Streator, Il, the son of Burton and Lucille (Elias) Olesen. He entered into the Air Force in 1960 and served his country honorably receiving several medals and commendations. His life changed when he met Marge Smith. They were married on February 20, 1962 in Altus, OK.

He was very proud of his roots and his country. He was proud of the opportunities it gave a poor, nobody from nowhere to serve his country, be educated on the G.I Bill, have a career as a national sales manager and raise a beautiful family with Marge. He retired from RTP Company in 2000 and enjoyed a wonderful retirement with his family and wintering with great friends in Maui, HI. He was also an avid collector of Native American artifacts.

Larry was known for his storytelling, some of which were true. He was always in host mode and strived to make everyone comfortable at any time. He was a champion of those most in need and was always willing to help.

He loved his family very much, especially his grand and great-grandchildren, with whom he loved to share his story, to inspire them that they can accomplish anything in their lives, regardless of the challenges they may face.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, Marge; his children, Natalie (Scott) Windy of Peru, IL, Brian (Michele) of Iowa City, IA and Jeffrey (Blanca) of Conroe, TX. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren: Camron Windy (TJ Prey), Ty Windy (Tiphanie), Madison (Mitch) Wantock, Mickala Olesen, Michael Olesen, Matthew Olesen, Katherine Olesen (Jake Rimer), Kody Olesen, Adam Olesen and five great-grandchildren: Macklin Brady, Lyla Brady, Tatum Windy, Macy Wantock and Sawyer Rimer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Carol and brother Scott.

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4:00 PM 7/28/2018 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 7/28/2018 6:00:00 PM
The Kirkwood Room at Governor's Ridge

515 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

The Kirkwood Room at Governor's Ridge
515 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Red Cross

PO Box 37839
Boone, Iowa 50037-0839

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

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