Vernon Albinus Larsen (1925 - 2016)

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Funeral services for Vernon A. Larsen, 91, were conducted by Pastor Robert Riggert, of the Zion Lutheran Church, on Thursday morning Dec. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. Interment will be in the Manning City Cemetery in Manning. The casket bearers were Larry Petersen, Gregg Wright, Terry Lake, John Roberts, Duane Schultes, and Justin Petersen.
Vernon Albinus Larsen, the son of Holger and Sophie (Bosche) Larsen, was born April 13, 1925, at his parents' home near Botna, and died Dec. 17, 2016, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 91 Years, 8 months, and 4 days.
Vernon was baptized at the Methodist Church in Irwin, and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. He attended rural Audubon County Schools and graduated from the Gray High School with the Class of 1944. Vernon then helped operate the family farm and helped other farmers.
On Oct. 12, 1952, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Lake at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. They were blessed with one daughter, Gloria. They operated the family farm near Gray, where they grew row crops and raised livestock. Later while he was still farming he started driving the school bus for the Gray Consolidated Schools then later drove school buses for the Audubon Community Schools. They retired from farming and moved into Audubon. Vernon continued his bus driving but also helped as a grounds keeper for the Audubon Schools until he retired.
Vernon was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. He enjoyed going to the stock car races, watching TV, and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Vernon enjoyed reading the paper and everyday would read it from front page to back page. He kept himself physically fit by walking several miles every day. Vernon liked cars and always had all his cars "spit" polished. But most of all he enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they participated in their many activities. He enjoyed spending his birthday with all of the family especially his granddaughter Tami who shared the same birthday.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers-in-law Harold Scott, Robert Lake, Carl Lee Lake, and Leroy Hansen; and his sister-in-law Eleanor Lake.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy Larsen of Audubon; his daughter Gloria and husband Judson Requist of Stanton; his grandchildren Jeremiah and wife Amy Tibben of Stanton, and Tamara Tibben of Omaha, Neb.; his great-grandchildren Alexis Tibben of Sioux City, Kami Tibben and Kywin Tibben both of Stanton; his sister Elvie Scott of Audubon; his sister-in-law Margaret Hansen of Bellingham, Wash.; and his brothers-in-law George Lake of Bellingham, Wash., and Eustace and wife Jo Lake of Treasure Island, Fla.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Kessler Funeral Home
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Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30, 2016