Elwood H. LARSON

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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Dear Janet,
I just learned of Woody's passing yesterday. What an impact he has had on so many lives. My first encounter with Woody was a bus trip to Chicago the summer of '65... at that time Woody was one of our High League counselors. I can't even describe to you the life lessons we all learned on that trip. We stayed connected through Hospitality House retreats in Elk River. He was truly a diamond to all of us and imparted into our lives more than words can tell. The Lord has...

My sympathy to Woody's family. He was my teacher at MA. May God comfort you in the assurance Woody is safe in the arms of Jesus. Carol Van Guilder Henry

I did not know Mr. Larson, but certainly know about Hospitality House. Mr. Larson has left a wonderful legacy. Clearly he was a man of vision and compassion. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and all those who were fortunate enough to know him personally.

Woody was one of my first bosses and one of the best. He also became a life long friend. Jan and Woody were always available and that I will never forget. Woody, right now is walking around the pearly gates checking for any needed for repair. Jan, Delores and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.

I am so thankful for the life and legacy of Woody. When I think of Woody, I think of the word "encourager" in my life. He was always quick to check in, say hi and see what was going on with me. He was always so excited to hear about my work with young people in the city. What a great man.

When someone is the "real deal" -- there is so much that could and should be said -- and yet it seems words don't really give adequate honor. Woody saw "open doors"--that God alone could open--and was compelled--he was "constrained" by Christ's love to go--to live, to act, to love, to share Jesus. Isn't Heaven such a remarkable and suitable reward for those who have placed their treasures there? I pray this time be a very rich and blessed time for all your family...

Dear Aunty Janet, Barb, Jim, Steve and Debbie. I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle Woody. From the moment I met him, and you, Auntie Janet, you both made me feel like a much-loved niece. Uncle Woody was one of the most Christ-focussed man imbued with the Holy Spirit that I have ever met. I wrote a poem a few years back that I would like to share with you. It is called "Beautiful Hearts.". Beautiful faces abound, it's true, though beautiful hearts there are but few. On God's good...

First off I want to start by saying thank you for founding the Hospitality House Boys and Girls Club. I was a member there from 1990-1999. The Hub as we called it literally saved my life and introduced me to Jesus Christ...Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person I do recall seeing your photo posted at The Hub and the vision that God gave you for the Hospitality House Boys and Girls Club was very instrumental in my life....My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your...

Now at 62 and remember Woody as I write my autobiography.

As a 13-year old boy, I was one of Woody's first "students" there at Lincoln Junior High School. He truly changed my life and I will remember him as a powerful force for fair-play and against bullying and intimidation. Thank you Woody!


Elwood's Obituaries

Age 83 Longtime resident of Golden Valley was welcomed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday January 12, 2013. Graduate of Minnehaha Academy and Augsburg College, served in the CIC during the Korean War. Lifelong member of Brookdale Covenant Church. Teacher, coach and founder of...

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