Larson, Arleigh G.
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Smile lines crinkled as his blue eyes glanced at the white caps on Silver Lake and then at the white sail to make sure it was set just right. Strong legs pumped with a beautiful rhythm as he biked the back roads of his beloved Waushara County. He skied with the biggest smile. He had stories to tell, laughter to share, and a warm greeting for everyone that came into his life. From the farm on Larson Hill in Wautoma to the skyscrapers of New York City, Arleigh was proud to be a Mechanical Engineer, a World War II Veteran, a Badger, a Boy Scout Leader, an elder and trustee of the Presbyterian Church, a member of the B.P.O.E. and a Rotarian. He served in leadership positions on countless faith based and civic boards in every community where he resided: Wautoma; Manitowoc; Stamford, Connecticut; Arnold, Maryland; and Green Bay. He worked for A&P in many capacities ranging from Chief Engineer at the White House Milk Plant to Vice President of the Dairy and Coffee Divisions. In later years, he worked for Schreiber Foods, Swiss Valley Farms (Davenport, Iowa) and Consumers, Inc. (Manitowoc).
He was an extraordinary father and grandfather. He loved us, trusted us, taught us, and encouraged us with great patience. Arleigh was always busy designing, building, and improving things. We would wake up Saturday mornings to the sound of his table saw or to the sight of him working his garden. He created wooden toys for his grand kids and carved beautiful artifacts for the rest of us. He taught us to leave this earth and the communities in which we live a better place than when we arrived.
Arleigh G. Larson, 91, died Thursday, August 15, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born August 5, 1922, to Mabel (Selsing) and Lewis Larson in Wautoma and attended a one room school house where his favorite teacher was his sister, Verna.
Arleigh loved his boyhood church, Mount Morris Lutheran, and would worship there during summer visits to the area. He graduated from Wautoma High School and University of Wisconsin - Madison. On January 8, 1947, he married Jean Ellen Younglove in Berlin.
Survivors include three children and their spouses, Frank and Kathy Larson, Ellen Larson and Dick Shinnick, Dave and Terri Larson; a daughter-in-law, Susan Larson; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Caitlin Craven) Larson, Brian Larson, Brad (fiancé, Becca Westenberg) Shinnick, Eric Shinnick, Kristin Larson, Jared (Katie) Larson, Christian Larson, and Ruth Larson; a special niece, Betty Markowitz; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Larson on January 2, 1991; a son, Don Larson; three brothers and two sisters, Clifford, Larry, and James Larson, Leona Breitenbach and Verna Gelhar.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. Green Bay. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at First United Church of Christ, 509 S. Webster Ave. Green Bay. Funeral Services will be held to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Robert Laubenstein officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Berlin. To send online condolences, visit www.prokowall.com. A memorial fund has been established for Christ Alone Church.
Arleigh's family extends a special thank you to everyone at Allouez Parkside Village, Heartland Hospice, and Home Alone for their care during this difficult time.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2013