Michael “Marc” Olden

Marc Olden moved on from this life on March 22, 2018 at the age of 73. Marc was born on December 7th, 1944 in Wichita, Kansas. He was the youngest (and funniest, he claimed) of the eleven children born to Harry and Monica Olden (Laughlin). He learned life lessons from his brothers and sisters and loved nothing more than to pass them on to future Olden generations.

He grew up in Wichita, but ambition and the love of adventure led his family to lives in Newton, KS, Boise, ID, Arlington, TX, Wildwood, MO and Lenexa KS. He worked in the manufactured housing industry and was proud of his 40+ engineering patents.

Marc was our jokester, storyteller, road warrior, fixer, nomad, philosopher, and memory keeper. He was in his element holding court at gatherings and imparting his knowledge on everyone – friends, family, and anyone who would pay attention because there “would be questions later”. His life changed 16 years ago due to a brain injury, but nevertheless he persisted and continued to be our teacher until his body couldn’t.

He loved his family, “Dyna” his Harley Davidson motorcycle, road trips, fast cars, the newest gadget, a good party, a shot of tequila, late night joke competitions with his brothers, George Carlin, Carl Sagan and Bob Seger.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Austin Bancroft, his parents Harry and Monica, his brothers Bill, Pete, David, Tommy, and his sister Joan Brake.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years Roxanne “Roxy” Olden, his children Andi (Jon) Haiduk, Nikki (Perez) Moungo and Devin (Laura) Olden, his grandchildren Jordan Haiduk, Dylan Haiduk, Presley Bancroft and Logan Moungo, his brothers, John (Suzanne) Olden, Joseph (Marilyn) Olden, his sisters, Kathryn Olden, Mary Tajchman, Julie (Tom) Feuerborn, sister in law Pat Olden and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Condolences and Marc tales may be sent to the family at 7819 Oakview Ln, Lenexa KS 66216 or MarcOldenFamily@gmail.com.

If you would like to make a donation in Marc Olden’s name, we ask you to direct those to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (http://www.saintstan.org/donate.html)


  1. Cindy Cawthorne on March 26, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Andi, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father and he was, indeed, a very funny man. My thoughts and prayers are sent for you and your family.

  2. Kathy on March 26, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Condolences and love to the family!! We lost a great guy and friend, but our memories will keep him alive for years to come.


  3. Karen McConnaughey on March 26, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I’ll have a shot of good tequila tonight as a salud to Marc. Sending you all love, prayers and healing energy.

  4. Rosanne on March 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hi Family. Marc was such an inspiration to me. And My husband Tom who was lucky enough to work with him. May the wings of a cardinal remind you that he is near you. Rosanne

  5. Ron and Connie Vogel on March 27, 2018 at 11:19 am

    We had some good times when you lived in Wildwood. Marc was a wonderful guy and had all the same interests as Ron and Craig. He will be missed but now he can haunt you from above. The family and friends have lost a good one. His attitude through everything he went through was an inspiration to us all. Never give up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this sorrowful time.

  6. Cindy Fletcher on March 27, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Although I never met Marc, he played a key role in many lives, one of which is my husband. Bill always has kind words and fond memories of their time together. To the Olden family, my thought and prayers are with you, and look forward to meeting you soon.

  7. Janice Lewis on March 28, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I will miss my friend Marc. I enjoyed helping care for Marc the little over two years that I did. He was a pleasure know,a pleasure to help. We used to go for rides, wendys chocolate frosty, to music at Clovercare. We had many talks and so many laughs about things, laughs mostly at me because every game of fact or crap we played he would win. I was amazed at how smart he was and he would tell me he was going to win before we started. The same with all trivia we played, I never won. All of that I miss. He was the sweetest man. No more pain, rest my friend. I Love you. My heartfelt condolences to the family

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