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LeVene "Lee" Arbor Olson Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1936 - 2020

LeVene LeVene “Lee” Arbor Olson, 84, of Milton, WV, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his residence. He was born May 4, 1936 in Lake Stay Township, MN, a son of the late Wesley Erwin and Irene Jacobsen Olson. He is survived by his wife, Judy Neal Olson, daughter LeAnne Olson of Huntington, WV, daughter Melissa Welty and husband Gary of Spring, TX, son Tracy Smith and wife Katherine of Milton, WV, daughter Stacy Ely and husband Jason of Barboursville, WV, and brother, Lyle Olson and wife Shirley of North Augusta, SC. Grampy/Papa was beloved by his grandchildren: Ryan Smith, Brancie Meadows, Haleigh Smith, Jaycob Ely, Will Castronovo, John Castronovo, Jordyn Ely, Adyson Smith and Tyler Welty, as well as extended family in Milton, WV, North Augusta, SC, and McGregor, MN. Through his life’s journey, he experienced a variety of occupations: telegraph operator, deckhand to wheelsman on the Great Lakes, military intelligence in the U.S. Army in Korea, and 45 years as a professor at Marshall University, where he influenced and was influenced by diverse students. He earned a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in education from the University of Georgia. He will be missed for his great capacity to love and his life-time of stories. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 7, 2020 at Forest Memorial Park, masks are required. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Marshall University's College of Education’s Foundation in Lee’s name. Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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There are currently 14 condolences.

Lisa Moten
Wednesday September 9, 2020 at 5:34 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Olson’s passing. He was truly a great man! He was very supportive of me and many many others! He will always be remembered for his humility and kindness. Prayers for the family. Rest in heaven Dr. Olson! ????????????
Lisa Heaton
Wednesday September 9, 2020 at 7:49 AM

I'm so very sorry to hear of Lee's passing. He was an extremely interesting man to talk to. My condolences to LeAnne and the rest of the family.
Gabriella Jarrett
Wednesday September 9, 2020 at 6:26 AM

Dr. Olson was one of the first professors I worked with as a graduate admissions counselor. He was so amazing, patient, understanding, and witty. I will never forget his presence, he was a leader, friend, and someone I will admire for my lifetime. I am so very sorry for your loss, my hope is that his memory will be a comfort to you all. LeAnne was also one of my professors in a course while I was getting my Master's degree, and she shares the same energy and care that her father shared so freely with all of us employees, students, and peers. He will be missed! My deepest condolences.
Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 11:50 AM

Dr. Olson was my advisor and a wonderful mentor. He loved to talk about his family and their accomplishments and I know he will be missed. Much love to his family. Toni Ferguson
Linda S Rule
Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 11:49 AM

So very sorry to hear of your husband, Lee's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you Judy. Linda Rule
Bob Rubenstein
Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 7:59 AM

My sincerest sympathy and prayers to Lee's loved ones. Lee was an outstanding faculty member and friend to me.
Monday September 7, 2020 at 11:21 AM

LeAnne and Melissa, so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Truly, Marianna Towle (Furbee)
Dr. Howard R. Gordon
Monday September 7, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Dear Judy, I am profoundly sorry to learn of the death of Lee. Lauretta and I want you to know how deeply we feel for you in your sorrow. We would be most honored to help in any way possible. Sincerely yours, Lauretta and Howard
Lauretta Gordon
Monday September 7, 2020 at 8:25 AM

Judy, We just heard about Lee. We are so sorry. He will be dearly missed. You and your family are in our prayers. God bless you!
Sharon and Bob Cart
Sunday September 6, 2020 at 4:15 PM

Judy, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Lee. We are so glad we got to meet him. He was such a nice guy. We will be praying for you as you go through this difficult time.
Mike Weekley
Sunday September 6, 2020 at 4:04 PM

Dear LeAnne, Melissa, Judy & Family, John & I were very saddened to hear about Lee's passing. I really don't think I had ever met such a sweet and pleasant man as your dad. Memories abound of him running, cooking, boating/sailing.... and most of all, smiling. Always smiling! From what i observed, Lee had an amazing, happy & fulfilled life with an incredible loving family. Im sure he's still smiling! Love to all. XXOO
Donald Hall
Sunday September 6, 2020 at 2:24 PM

I appreciate Lee’s leadership during my 34 years on the MU faculty. He was open minded and willing to consider multiple points of view. Lee was dedicated and determined to make Marshall a great place to get an education and to work.
Bill and Freda Sommerville
Sunday September 6, 2020 at 9:19 AM

So sorry for your loss. He will be surely be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. I have many happy memories of working with him at Marshall University.
Shirley Olson
Saturday September 5, 2020 at 1:07 PM

His presence in this world will be so missed. Lee had such a calm and kind nature about him that made talking to him so easy for anyone. His accomplishments were many, and what a wonderful father he was to his children. As my husband Lyle's brother, he has been family for such a long time. We will miss him tremendously, and wish for his wife Judy, children LeAnne, Melissa, tracy and Stacy and grandchildren comfort and peace in the days ahead. A life well lived, rest in peace, dear brother. Lyle and Shirley Olson

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