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.) His former wife
Jackie Valanne (Kansas City), and 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 story teller, with a rich past and a quick wit. His perspective was always a little bit askew. We will have a story telling 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.