John Larson

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PLAINFIELD - John Victor Larson, 73, of North Versailles, Pa., formerly of Plainfield, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Redstone Highlands Skilled Nursing Facility in Greensburg, Pa.

He was born May 5, 1939, in Peoria, Ill., a son of Velma Mae Kneer Larson of Weslaco, Texas, and the late Robert Victor Larson. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lou Nafziger Larson.

John was a retired nuclear engineer for Westinghouse. He attended schools in Morton, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of numerous peace and civil rights organizations and was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Lockport, Ill., and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Mc-Keesport, Pa.

His involvement with PFLAG and the Episcopal Church formed the center of his life in his later years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, James (Karen) Larson and Michael Larson; daughter, Stephanie Larson (Chris) Graham; seven grandchildren; sisters, Martha (Paul) Rogers, Valerie Larson and Roberta Larson; and two nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 12 noon in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 220 Eighth St., McKeesport, PA 15132 with the Rev. David L. Kinsey as celebrant. Inurnment will follow in St. Stephen's Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 312 E. 11th St., Lockport, IL 60441 and/or PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois (where a scholarship fund is being established), P.O. Box 734, Elmhurst, IL 60126 and/or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 220 Eighth St., McKeesport, PA 15132.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, which can be found online at

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Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home
2703 O'neil Blvd McKeesport, PA 15132
(412) 664-4489
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 31, 2013
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