Warren Ross Olson

September 17, 1940July 24, 2020

Olson, Warren "Rod", 79, of Largo, Florida passed away peacefully at his home on July 24, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sandy; his three children, Dave Olson (Chris), Steve Olson (Theresa), and Kari Leonlongato (Mario); grandchildren, Matt (Amanda), Mike, Morgan, Marco and Zoe; sisters, Karen Fireman and Alice Munzenrieder.

Born September 17, 1940 to Warren and Helen Olson (deceased) of St. Paul, MN. He grew up in Mahtomedi, MN on White Bear Lake. He spent his youth boating, fishing and hunting. In his teens he loved playing hockey and racing hydroplane boats into his twenties. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return he worked for the U.S. Post Office specifically the Mail Railway PO.

Rod moved his family to Florida in 1969. The Olson family joined the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in 1973. He co-founded a successful furniture business that grew to 82 stores. In 1982 he left the industry at age 42 and started a new career in investment advisory. He retired from Morgan Stanley in 2010. Rod has always enjoyed going to and/or watching Nascar, the Lightning, Rays, Bucs and Golf. He also enjoyed gardening. His family meant everything to him, especially his grandchildren. Rod always had a warm smile, a story or experience to tell and will truly be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Largo, FL on August 9th at 1p.m. with a graveside service to follow at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park. Masks are required for all attendees. A livestream of Rod's services can be viewed at and the password to access them is "Rod8092"

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Largo.


9 August

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

455 Missouri Ave N
Largo, FL 33770

9 August

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Serenity Gardens Memorial Park

13401 Indian Rocks Road
Largo, FL 33774


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Susan Pilon

August 3, 2020

I will always remember Rod's kindness and his amazing stories. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find some comfort in your wonderful memories and in all the care surrounding you.

With deepest sympathy,
Susan Pilon

Ralph and Mary Lou Crawford

August 3, 2020

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Rod who has been a dear friend for many years. Our hearts go out to you, Sandy, and the entire family.
We are at our North Carolina home and will not be able to attend the service. Please know we send our thoughts and prayers to you all. 💔
With sincere sympathy,
Ralph and Mary Lou Crawford

Carol Munzenrieder

August 2, 2020

My uncle Rod was always fun as a kid in Mahtomedi. I remember being his flower girl with Tommy in his wedding and before that when he used go over to Sandys to see her up the hill at her house which was just across the street. Must be how they met. He brought my sister and I back really nice china doll‘s when he was in the service. I remember him racing the boats and taking me for rides in fast cars as a kid! My uncle Rod will be dearly missed. Carol Munzenrieder

Robert Lorenz

July 31, 2020

Rod was a very special person. His command of events, business, politics and sports made discussions so interesting. His drive and competitive nature enabled him to succeed in a range of endeavors to include boat racing, co-owning a national furniture company and achieving the highest level of recognition as a financial advisor. More importantly, Rod was a mentor to his family and friends by being a careful listener and being available to offer guidance and support. His wide range of life experiences enabled him to relay stories that were filled with intrigue and laced with humor. He always put others first.
Rod so embraced the Tampa Bay Lighting hockey team and the generation of NHL players who had ties to his home town in Minnesota. He would position chairs in his family room to enable guests to track live action while enjoying other activates. Lively discussions would follow with an offer to read an autographed book or view a photo from a former hockey player. His knowledge was impressive; his network was expansive but his modesty, well in check.
We will cherish our time together with such fond memories of being with a person who was so caring, so loving and so willing to give of himself. Rod has had such a positive impact on all who knew him.
Love, Bob and Judy Lorenz

Douglas Hicks

July 31, 2020

Rod was a dear friend, a co-worker, and a mentor to me. Fun in the office, but a blast at Beau Rivage and Hard Rock. He will be missed. Our condolences. Doug and Dawn Hicks


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