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Larsen, John Andrew
John Andrew Larsen, 91 went to be with his Lord November 4, 2015. He was born in Dollar Bay, MI, on July 20, 1924, the son of John Andrew Larsen, Sr. and Alice Jersey Larsen. He grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, where he graduated from Easton High School and attended G R Junior College for one year before enlisting in the U. S. Army in 1943. He served in the South Pacific theater until he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1946. He returned to MI and enrolled in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1952. He married Maretha Hutchinson in 1947 and they lived in Ypsilanti, MI until they retired to Alden, MI in 1989. Throughout his life he was deeply involved in church and community service. After the death of his wife in 1998, he married Mary Chapman Smith of Alden in 2001. They moved to Arizona in 2010. Mr Larsen is survived by his daughter Andrea (David) Scott, his son Craig (Jody) Larsen a grandson Robbie Larsen and granddaughter Kelly Larsen, and a great granddaughter Grace. He is also survived by step children Judy (Vern)Gilmore, Jean Brown, Charles "Ben" Smith and Stephen (Danielle) Smith, and many step-grand children and great grandchildren. He was a member of Grace Bible Church in Sun City, AZ. where a memorial service will be held November 16th, 2015. Interment will be in Cato Township Cemetery, near Six Lakes, MI. Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Bible Church or to its Mission Fund. 19280 N. 99th Ave, Sun City AZ 85373. The service will be conducted by Grace Bible Church pastor, Dr. Bill Bjork.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 11, 2015
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