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Remembering Dr. O

Lawrence Mural Ozzello, age 88, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, died peacefully on August 9th, after a well-lived life. 

He was born on February 28, 1927, the son of Marie and James Ozzello. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Patricia (Pat) and brother James. He is survived by daughters Jann Ozzello Wilcox (John), Lori Ozzello (John Horwath), sons David (Karen) Ozzello and Brian (Kim) Ozzello, 6 grandchildren: Jennifer Wilcox Thomas (Ahin), David (Megan) Ozzello, Nick (Lisa) Ozzello, Ben Ozzello, Callyssa Ozzello, and Trudy Ozzello and 3 great grand-children, Marcus, Hunter and Bennett Ozzello, sister Betty Miller and brother Tony Ozzello. 

Larry, also known as "Oz" or "Dr. O," graduated from Kingsford High School, earned his B.S. degree from Northern Michigan University, M.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. A lifelong professor, he taught accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for 36 years, retiring at age 80, serving as the chair of the department for 26 years. In 1985, he was awarded the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award.   Recipients of the award are selected by the alumni.

Larry was perhaps quite accurately described as a toasted marshmallow: he could be a bit tough on the outside but inside he was soft, humble and caring with a big, warm heart. He was passionate about his students and followed hundreds of them through their careers as an adviser and mentor. It seemed wherever he traveled, he ran into former students who remembered him. 

He was an avid skier, ski jumper and ski coach, who participated in the US Olympic trials for ski jumping in 1951. Along with Pat, they coordinated hundreds of collegiate ski races throughout the Midwest for almost two decades in the 70s and 80s, as the executive directors of the Midwest Collegiate Ski Association. The "Ozzello Cup" was established in their honor and was an enduring year-end ski race for years. 

Larry was also a lifetime baseball fan, playing and coaching in his younger years. Larry was particularly passionate about family and enjoyed many family outings to Vail, CO, Hayward, WI and Lake Carroll, IL. He was an avid outdoor man, master gardener and enjoyed the company of several pets over his lifetime.  Larry's engaging sense of humor, positive outlook on life and empathy and care for others will be remembered.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to his caretakers who provided him with wonderful care and companionship over the past year. 

A private service and burial is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, followed by an open reception at the Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701 in the "Two Rivers 1" banquet room from 4-6 pm to celebrate his life and share memories. 

Memorials can be made to the Patricia E. Ozzello Scholarship Fund at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Submitted by the family