Axel V. Larsen|
July 21, 1920-Aug. 6, 2014
Resident of Castro Valley
Axel Larsen, 94, of Castro Valley passed away on August 6, 2014, at Eden Hospital Medical Center after a brief illness, with his family at his side. He was a Castro Valley resident for nearly 60 years, and for the past 2 ½ years resided at Casa Sandoval Senior Living Community where he made many new friends and was treated with love and care by the Casa staff.
He was born in Chicago, IL, to Axel and Ruth Larsen. He attended Lane Technical High School, and proudly and bravely served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII, as a pilot of a PBY Catalina, an aircraft that was used for air-sea rescue. Axel was involved in an airplane accident which caused him to lose an arm, however, this did not stop him from continuing to achieve. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He spent most of his career as an accounting supervisor at General Foods in San Leandro.
He was married to his late wife, Patricia for sixty years. They raised their three children in Castro Valley. Axel is survived by his sister Ruth Gersch, his children, Jay Larsen, Jean Larsen-Viscovich (Peter), and Jim Larsen (Nena), and five grandchildren. His hobbies included reading, gardening, bowling, and international travel. He also enjoyed meeting with a group of friends at Rudy's Donut House nearly every morning for years.
Although he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, he couldn't have been more loved and appreciated for his kindness, graciousness, stability, sense of humor, and an amazing ability to show respect for other people.
At his request there will be no service.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 27, 2014