Raymond I. Olson

June 20, 1940October 21, 2018

Raymond I. Olson, age 78 of Waukegan. Beloved husband of Paula Pederson for 40 years. Loving father of Martin (Dawn) Laumb. Cherished brother of Arnold Olson of La Crescent, MN.

Raymond was a member of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band for 14 years where he played principal trombone. He was also a member of the American Woodturners Association and the International Trombone Association. Throughout his life Ray enjoyed many adventures that included learning to fly an airplane and driving a Formula Ford racer at the Skip Barber Racing School in Plymouth Wisconsin. He enjoyed attending Chicago Symphony concerts, Goodman Theatre productions and Northwestern Football games for over 30 years. Go Cats! After retiring from Abbott Laboratories, there were some travel adventures that took him to Iceland, Scotland, 3 trips to Italy and cruising on the Danube.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 to 8 PM November 4th at Marsh Funeral Home in Gurnee IL. At 5 PM there will be a short musical tribute presented by current and former members of the trombone section of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band.

Memorial Gifts will be welcome for the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, the Northern Illinois Foodbank, and the Red Cross.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, November 4, 2018

Raymond I. Olson

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Larissa Harrington

November 4, 2018

Ray was a very kind man and a wonderful neighbor. He shall be missed. May GOD comfort you at this time Paula. Rest well Mr. Ray!.