James “Jim” Larson, 73, of Mitchell died Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, November 24 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00PM.
James Darryl Larson was born on August 12, 1945 in Minneapolis MN, to Donald and Ellen (Mayland) Larson. Jim graduated from Austin High School in 1963 and in 1971 graduated from Austin Vocational Technical School with a degree in electronics. On September 22, 1966 he married Marlene Aanonson at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action while in the Republic of Vietnam. Jim worked for the railroad in Austin and Mitchell prior to becoming a mail carrier for the US Post Office in Mitchell. He was an avid sports fan and thoroughly enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Jim enjoyed being surrounded with family and could be heard saying “this is the life”. He also enjoyed traveling to Branson, MO, Las Vegas and Austin with family. He attended Resurrection Lutheran Church and was a member of DWU Team Makers and the VFW.
He is survived by his daughter, Jamie (Chris) Fox and their children, Addison and Brayson of Sioux Falls, three sons: Jeffrey (Lisa) Larson and their children, Tate, Koby and Jace, Scott (Karin) Larson and their family, Halle, Avery and Macon and Chad Larson all of Mitchell, two sisters: Susan Kuchera and Sandy (Roger) Baker all of Austin, MN and a special friend, Mary Lou Tollefson of Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marlene and brother-in-law, Art Kuchera.