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Oliver “Ollie” Earl Van Tassell, Jr., age 52 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away on July 20, 2022.

He was born on August 23, 1969 in New Ulm, Minnesota to Mary (Laway) Warner and Oliver Van Tassell, Sr.

When he was four years old, he and his mom relocated to Northeast Minneapolis. Ollie graduated from North High School (class of 1987). At a young age he met the love of his life, Lisa Langie. They began dating on October 19, 1984 and the high school sweethearts were joined in marriage twelve years later on October 19, 1996 in Fridley, Minnesota. He briefly worked as a cabinetmaker and attended the University of Minnesota until he started his career with United Health Care, where he was employed for over 20 years.

The best was yet to come when he became a dad. Ollie was devoted to his family and took pride in making his wife and daughters his priority. He coached his daughter’s soccer teams and was known to be a father-like figure to the other players with his encouraging and gentle style of coaching. He was everyone’s biggest cheerleader. His fun and outgoing personality naturally made him many friends. Those who knew Ollie knew he was a man with a big heart and willing to do anything for those in need; whether it was a stranger or friend. You could always count on him to be there. He loved life and loved to celebrate with those around him. He made the most of every day and lived life to the fullest.

Growing up, Ollie was active in playing and watching all kinds of sports, which continued into his adulthood. He was especially an avid baseball fan and had the goal to visit all of the MLB stadiums in the U.S. He made it about halfway through his list, citing many of the older fields as some of his favorites. He loved watching the Vikings and was involved in Fantasy Football leagues with his friends for over 20 years. Ollie liked to play video games, spend time out on the lake either fishing or boating, and attending as many Metallica concerts as he could.

He is preceded in death by his father, Oliver Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa; children, Emily, Kalli, and Natalie; mother, Mary; stepfather, Gerry Warner; stepmother, Sandy; half-siblings, Edward, Shauna, Carrie, Christopher, and Collin; and many other relatives and friends. He was an animal lover and enjoyed working from home with his dogs, Rico, Bella, and Luna; and his cats, Zoey and Lily.

Visitation for Ollie will begin at 3:00 PM with the Memorial Service to follow at 5:00 PM on Friday, July 29, 2022 at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael-Albertville (300 Main Street N). Please join the family for a light meal following the service in the Peterson Chapel Reception Hall.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cindy Jensen

    Ollie was my rock when I started with Optum in 2005. We sat next to each other in the Golden Valley office. He loved his family with all his might. Talked of you Lisa and the girls alot. He always had new pictures & stories to share. Some were about fishing with his girls and how brave they were. I am so very sad to hear of his passing. He had a distinct laugh and voice. He was always so helpful to anyone who needed it. A heart of gold!
    My deepest sympathies to Lisa and family ❣️

  2. Anna warner

    Ollie and his kind and loving heart will be missed. God bless you Ollie. God bless you Lisa and your family

  3. Kaysey Hegland

    Ollie was so meaningful to me and my family. He had such an incredible impact on me as I grew up, and was somebody we all looked up to. In recent years, I would occasionally serve him curbside at Big Bore. Every single time I saw him, we caught up and he told me all about the amazing things everybody in the family were doing. He loved his family so strongly. He was so proud of all of you, and he will continue to be as he watches over you all. We are here for anything you guys need, and love you all deeply.

  4. Bill Allen

    I’m so heartbroken for you all right now. I have many fun memories of Ollie when we were visiting Grandma’s. He was always a joy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Wanda Bender

    Our thought and prayers go out to your entire family. Ollie was just plain “A Good Guy!” – no question!

    I remember some of those dating years, when we lived across the street from Mary – ‘Ollie & Lisa’ were clearly a duo – and there could not have been a prouder, more loving mother than Mary.

    I wish I could be there this afternoon to hug you in person, but know that my thoughts will be with you.

  6. Emily Frost

    Ollie was one of the greatest, happiest, and most fun people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. I remember going to Kalli’s birthday parties and Ollie always being involved and joining in the fun. To the man who brought me to my first concert, you are forever loved and will be truly missed by all.

  7. Beth Ann Walp

    To Lisa and Ollie’s daughters. My prayers continue for your strength. There is one item I forgot to mention in the Optum memorial. My family was blessed with a home in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I retired in May but before I left Optum, he and I had a conversation of taking his family there sometime in the near future. I would like to make that a reality for you all if you can make the trip. Contact me if interested.

  8. Shanna daugherty

    I knew Oliver from McDonald’s he always brightened my day talked fondly of his kids so sad to see he died he will be missed

  9. Shanna

    I’m so sad to hear Oliver died. I knew him from McDonald’s. Always so sweet and talked highly of his daughters. I’ll miss seeing him

  10. Shanna Daugherty

    I’m so sad to hear Oliver died. I knew him from McDonald’s. Always so sweet and talked highly of his daughters. We’d talk Chinese food. Good guy he’ll be missed

  11. Shanna Daugherty

    I’m so sad to hear Oliver died. I knew him from McDonald’s. Always so sweet and talked highly of his daughters. We’d talk Chinese food. Good guy he’ll be missed.


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