Leonard E. (Bud) Larson, 86 years old, of Marysville, California, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Bud was born on August 26, 1926, in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of four children of Leonard and Frances Larson. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the US Navy from 1943 - 1946 in the South Pacific as a machinist working on LCTs and LSTs, transporting tanks and troops. He participated in the Leyete Invasion in the Philippines. In 1946 his ship sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco. A giant "Welcome Home" was written on the hillside of Marine Headlands by the Bay Area community for the returning sailors. Bud decided then that he wanted to live in California. After the war he continued serving his country as a Navy Reservist until 1952.
Returning to Minnesota after the war, Bud met and married Thora (Rusty) Kurschner who became his life-long partner. He completed college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry and a teaching credential.
In 1951, Bud got his first teaching job in Perth, North Dakota and moved there with his wife and two small children. After four years of frigid winters, and remembering warm California, in 1955 the family moved to Marysville, California where he was a science teacher at Alicia School in the Linda School District. Two more children were added to the family. Bud worked a second job for many summers for the Mendicino National Forest near Lake Pillsbury, California. He earned a Masters Degree in Education during this time.
After 33 years in education, Bud retired in 1984, having worked as principal of Linda Elementary, Cedar Lane Elementary, and Alicia Jr. High Schools, and as Assistant Superintendent of the Marysville Jt. Unified School District. After retirement he and Rusty owned and operated a local business in Linda for several years, "Smitty's Liquors."
Bud and Rusty bought a cabin at Eagle Lake in Minnesota where they spent many seasons fishing, living the cabin life and enjoying retirement.
Bud believed strongly in volunteering in the community and he spent a large part of his life along with his wife Rusty in volunteer work. He served on the Butte Area Chapter American Red Cross Board, the Linda District Water Board, the Yuba County Grand Jury, as well as membership and leadership in the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), the Lions' Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Association of School Administrators, and the Retired Teachers' Association. He had also been a member of the Rod and Gun Club, Elks Club and a Hospice volunteer.
Bud loved to hunt, fish and camp, was a great cook and loved a good joke. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Bud valued his family above all and he will be dearly remembered and missed by his family. He was a man of faith, loved the Lord and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Marysville.
Bud was preceded in death by his sister, Delores Tessmann and brother Eugene Larson. He is survived by Rusty, his wife of 65 years, daughters Susan (Dale) Nieschulz, Linda (Chuck) Mitchell, Peggy (Tom) Kier, his son Leonard (Wanda) Larson, sister Annette Petschl, ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and AFS daughter Sholeh Maroofian Karbassioon.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Marysville, with Father Godwin Xavier officiating, followed by internment at Sierra View Memorial Park, Olivehurst, California.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at Lipp and Sullivan Chapel, 629 D Street, Marysville followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California, 2641 Cottage Way #4, Sacramento, CA 95825.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013