ST. PAUL - Donald L. Larson, 82, of St. Paul died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. Vicar Marcia Dorn will officiate. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach with military honors by the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul and the Ray Mapes American Legion Post 236 of Wolbach.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.
Mr. Larson was born Feb. 2, 1931, in rural Greeley County near Brayton to Art and Lena (Henrikson) Larson.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife of 60 years, Vonna of St. Paul; five children and their spouses, David and Cathy Larson and Dianne and Bill Score, all of Grand Island, Teresa and Ray Lorang of York, Don and Melissa Larson of Scribner and Dan and Barb Larson of rural Palmer; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Karlene Larson of Doniphan; and a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Dick Dugan of Mesa, Ariz.
Also surviving is his friend and caregiver, Kourtney Killinger.
He grew up on the family farm and attended Brayton Schools. He was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach and was a lifetime member there. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 thru 1954. He was stationed in Fort Knox, Ky., in the 3rd Armored Division Tank Corp.
Don was united in marriage to Vonna Ludington on April 24, 1953, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island. They spent their first year of marriage in Kentucky. Following his discharge from the Army, they returned to Nebraska to farm, where their first son David was born. After two years of drought, they traveled to Wyoming and New Mexico, where their daughter Dianne was born.
The couple returned to Nebraska to farm near Palmer. There three more children were born, Teresa, Don and Dan. They lived on the farm until ill health forced him to retire and move to St. Paul in 1992. In 1994, they traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he received a heart transplant.
Don was involved in 4-H with his children. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach, Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul, and the Spring Creek and the Wolbach saddle clubs. Don served on the Farmer's Union Board in Wolbach and on the District 44 rural school board where he served as president.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katelyn Larson; his parents; two brothers, Arnold and Marvin; and a sister Mildred Augustin.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 9, 2013.