Lt. Col. Richard Larson(1932 - 2012)

Lt. Col. Richard Larson

West Des Moines

Richard Wayne Larson, 80, of West Des Moines, died at Mercy Hospice-Johnston on December 26, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

Richard graduated from East High School in 1951 and was a 1955 graduate of Drake University. Upon graduation from college, Richard entered the United States Air Force, where he found his passion for being a pilot. After active duty, Richard joined the Iowa Air National Guard, and retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel. Richard retired from Central Life Assurance Company in 1983, where he was an Officer in Internal Auditing.

Richard is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughters, Christine (Jim) Romar, Jeanne (Tim) Nichol, Susan (John) Malloy; 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Burial will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the in Richard's name.

Online condolences may be made at

Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 29, 2012