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Charles Larson

1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Charles Larson Obituary
Charles Larson

1926 - 2015 Charles Jay Larson was surrounded by his family when he died peacefully at the Addson Respite Care Home located in the Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. Chuck Larson was born in Middleton, CT in 1926. He graduated from Portland High School in 1944. After serving in the Air Force Reserve from December 1944 to July 1946, he attended the University of Connecticut where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science. Chuck then earned a Master of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1949. He returned to work on his family's dairy farm for a short time before beginning an illustrious career with the Holstein Friesian Association in Brattleboro VT from 1950 to 1979. After serving as the Executive Director of the HFA, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he served in both Warsaw (1979-1982) and Caracas (1982-1984) as an Agricultural Trade Officer. From 1984 to 1987 he served as the CEO of a export company that facilitated opening many foreign markets to domestic livestock producers. After he retired to Addison Cty, Chuck travelled extensively, visiting friends & family in the US & throughout the world. Chuck married his first love, Audrey Strickland, in 1949. They were blessed with two children, Robin and David Larson. After Audrey's death in 1971, he married Nadine Gillies Ballou. Chuck and Dene made a home together in Brattleboro for his two children and her three children until Dene's death in 1987. He then married Mary Louise Simanek who shared his life and the love of his extended family until her death in 2010. Shortly after Mary's death, Chuck re-united with his old friend, Althea McBean. They were married and lived happily together the last four years of his life. Chuck is survived by his brothers, Harold and Bill Larson. He leaves behind his two children, Robin and David Larson and David's wife, Judith. Chuck pre-deceases his three step-children and their spouses: Paul and Janice Ballou, Mary Beth and Philip Drumheller, and Kristin and Bill Benton. Chuck's pride and joy were his grandchildren: Colin Koch and his wife, Emma, Christopher and Gillian Koch; Eliza, Will, and Abby Benton; Sophie and Silas Larson; Erin Ballou and her husband, Martin, and Julie Ballou; and his great-grandchildren, Vivian & Celia Koch. SERVICES: Services will be held at 1 p.m. this Friday at the Addison Community Baptist Church, located in Addison at the junction of Rt. 22A & 17. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Addison Respite Care Home at Porter Medical Center, 115 Porter Drive, Middlebury.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 17, 2015
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