Leslie "Swede" Larson
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Leslie 'Swede' Larson, 90, Eland, died on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his home under the care of his family and Ministry Hospice.
He was born on September 28, 1922 in Eland the son of the late Louis and Jessie (Nichols) Larson. On April 26, 1949, Swede was united in marriage to Susan Szutkowski at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood. She survives. Swede was a United States Army Veteran serving during World War II.
Swede held many jobs, including a milk route, mail route, school bus driver and the couple owned and operated Larson's Supermarket, Eland until 1992. He was an active resident of the village of Eland, serving as Fire Chief, Constable and village Trustee for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; two children, Pat (Dennis) Hartleben, Eland, Les (Denise) Larson, Eland; grandchildren, Cory (Gina) Haupt, Kim Gordon, Shane (Kendra) Larson, Ashley (Brandon) Groshek, and Hillary Larson; great-grandchildren, Anna, James, Drew, Blakely, and Jaxton and one sister, Dolores 'Sis' (George) Smith, Birnamwood. Swede was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Susan and a brother Robert.
Visitation for Swede will be held from 1PM to 3PM on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Military rites will be conducted by the Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post #502 at 3PM at the funeral home. The family guestbook and online condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home
401 W. College Ave
Wittenberg, WI 54499
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Sept. 17, 2013