Richard L. Larsen

richard larsen
Richard L. Larsen, age 75, of Elma, IA, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Richard Lee Larsen was born on December 22, 1935 to Victor and Helen (Groth) Larsen in Elma, IA. He attended Riceville Schools and graduated from Riceville High School in 1954. Richard then farmed in the Elma area. He was united in marriage to Shirley Lucas on November 17, 1956 at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in the Elma area where they raised four children. Richard enjoyed playing cards, camping and wintering in Texas for 10 years. He especially enjoyed his family and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church where he was a very active member and had been President of the church council. He was a Howard County Board Trustee and had received the Howard County Conservation Farmers Award. Richard is survived by his wife Shirley of Elma; three sons Jimmy (Cathy) Larsen of Alta Vista, Bryce (Mary Ellen) Larsen of Elma and Kevin (Carmen) Larsen of Elma; one daughter Julie (Kenneth) Miller of Wyeville, WI.; four grandchildren Jennifer (Dave) Hubka, Nicolette (Chad) Hastings, Melissa (Jason) Frye and Jackie Larsen; ten great grandchildren; one brother Charles (Betty) Larsen of Elma; four sisters Myrna (Francis) Jacoby of Waterloo, Katie (Jim) Rieken of Riceville, Norma (Bud) Pontenberg of Waterloo and Irene (Roger) Heying of New Hampton. He is preceded in death by his parents Victor and Helen Larsen; brother Gordan Larsen and two granddaughters Ashley and Stacie Larsen Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be in St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, Iowa. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Service: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30am on Friday, July 8, 2011 at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church near Elma with Pastor Dave Byrd officiating.

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  1. I know that Richard’s passing was not unexpected, still, please accept my condolences for your loss. In the brief time I knew Richard, I really enjoyed his sense of humor and his love for his family.

  2. Larson Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies in the loss of Richard. He was such a nice man and we enjoyed visiting with him. Cherish the memories you have of him.

  3. So sorry to hear the passing of Richard you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Shirley and Family, Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Richard really enjoyed my music. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Tim “The Music Man” and Cindy Howland Protivin Iowa

  5. Jim & Cathy, Irene & Roger, Aunt Myrna & Uncle Jake, and the rest of the family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time in the loss of your husband, brother, dad, uncle etc. I didn’t really know Richard personally but I am sure he was an outstanding husband, uncle, brother, father etc. May you and the rest of the family find peace in the days ahead. God Bless Carrie Jacoby

  6. Jim, Cathy & Families ~
    With sympathy on the loss of Richard, I enjoyed visiting with him when I had the chance. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Shirley and family, Our thought and prayers are with you all. We have very good memories with him camping together for many years. Our sympathy to all of you at this time. Take care .

  8. Bryce and family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories that bring the smiles of good times past.

  9. Our sympathy goes out to your family. I work with Nikki and I know she was very concerned about her grandfther’s health and well begin in the past couple years. May God give your family strength and courage to
    endure your loss.

  10. Accept our sympathy to you Shirley How happy he must be now to be out of all his aches and pa ins and I’m sure he is celebratring in heaven

  11. Shirley, was so terribly sorry to hear of Richard’s passing.
    He was always so quiet and serene but still friendly. I just
    remember him as the “big” brother of my girlfriend; he was
    older than us so we didn’t hang out or nothing. I do remember when he married you though. He was pretty sharp indeed, cause you were a keeper. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Richard is in a much better place where there is no pain. Again, I’m so sorry.

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