Olli Valanne Lawrence

Paid family tribute

Olli Valanne died Wednesday evening at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was 82 years old.
Olli was born in Helsinki, Finland, the youngest of three boys.
He is survived by his only child, Christina Valanne (Charlotte, NC.). Also his former wife, Jackie Valanne (Kansas City); and he was a favorite uncle of his four nieces, Leena, Anja, Eva and Nanne, all living in Finland.
Olli was an artist and Professor at the University of Kansas from 1974 until he retired.
Olli was a great storyteller, with a rich past and a quick wit. His perspective was always a little bit askew. We will have a storytelling memorial for Olli and his friends at the Carnegie Building (formerly the old Arts Center), 200 West 9th, Saturday, March 12th from 2:00-5:00.
Memorial Donations can be made to National Public Radio or the Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to

This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.