Dr. Allen Larson, 94, of Greenbush, Minn., died on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Karlstad Senior Living in Karlstad, Minn.
Dr. Allen F. Larson, was born March 6, 1922, at Backus, Minn., to Harry and Marova (Hanks) Larson. He attended country school and graduated from Backus High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served until 1946 as a motor machinist on a mine sweeper. He married Carol Jeanne Krinke on Christmas Day in 1950. They had two children, Paul and Patricia.
Allen attended the University of Minnesota, Veterinary College, 1948-1954. After graduation he established a practice in Greenbush. He practiced 32 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Greenbush Community Hospital Board, 1955-1973. He was chairman of the board when the Nursing Home was built. He served as Mayor of Greenbush, 1958-1960. The land for Oak View Golf Course was purchased during his tenure. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assn., the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Assn., and Bethel Lutheran Church.
Dr. Larson wanted to become a veterinarian when, as a child, he saw a veterinarian deliver his state fair colt. He was devoted to his practice, spending almost all of his time working for 32 years. His retirement was busy also, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, planting trees, gardening and caring for his lawn. He enjoyed fishing and water skiing with Paul and the grandchildren. He water skied into his 80’s. He and Carol spent 29 winters in Arizona, enjoying square dancing, shuffleboard and their friends. They also enjoyed traveling, both in the U.S. and abroad.
He is survived by his wife—Carol Larson of Greenbush, daughter—Patty (Peter) Fahnlander of Lakeville, Minn.
Grandchildren—Matthew Larson of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Mikkel Langaas of West Yellowstone, Mont., Mark (Amy) Larson of Hawley, Minn.,, Cara (Rick) Sorenson of Chaska, Minn., and Patrick Fahnlander of Lakeville, Minn.
Five great-grandchildren—Ethan, Paul, Preston, Josie and Ayden.
Sister—Evelyn (John) Pos of Richardson, Texas.
Brothers and sisters-in-law—Pauline DeJong of Monroe, Wash., Lambert (Jean) Krinke of St. Paul, Minn., and Mariann (Harold) Ostbye of Monroe, Wash.
Nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by their son—Paul Allen Larson in 1999 and a sister—Adeline Larson.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in Bethel Lutheran Church of Greenbush with Sheryl Carriere officiating. Music was by Linda Sovde, organist, and vocalists Jody Kirkeide and Joe Kezar. Pallbearers were Matthew, Mark and Ethan Larson, Mikkel Langaas, Rick Sorenson, Patrick and Peter Fahnlander.
Burial was in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery in Greenbush with Military Honors provided by Moen-Zimek Post 88, American Legion of Greenbush.
A prayer service was held on Wednesday evening, led by Pastor Lisa Beery in Bethel Church. Arrangements were with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush.
Gieseke Funeral Chapel