Richard L. Larsen
December 22, 1935 ~ July 3, 2011
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.