John R. Larson


March 13, 1916 - October 7, 2011


John R. Larson was born March 13, 1916 in Sanborn County, SD to Gust and Mabel (Shay) Larson. John was one of eleven children. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and later from Mitchell Business College. In 1942 during WWII he joined the US Army, serving in New Guinea, Philippines and Japan with the 122nd Field Artillery. In 1945 he married Evelyn Schroeder. John was employed by Loon Motor Company for twenty years and then Scott Supply Company for twenty-six years as a bookkeeper. He was active in the Zion Lutheran Church, the American Legion, VFW and reunions with his army buddies. John remained close to his family till his last days and was loved by all.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn and his three children: Marla (Ron) Sande, Rapid City; Al (Deanne) Larson, Mitchell; Judy Larson, Burnsville, MN; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two brothers: Wayne (Betty) Larson, Bozeman, MT; Don (Marlene) Larson, Elgin, IL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Cindi Laukes on October 18, 2011
Uncle John was a dear man whose gentle spirit will live on in this world in many hearts. As I recently told my dad and Marla; I'm going to send my postcards to him straight to heaven now, since I know that's where he'll be.
Much love to the family,
Posted by Rollie and Ella Loon on October 11, 2011
I remember John as being a very good employee of my Father. I
appreciiated working with him in the office. John and Evelyn were dear friends to my parents, Mac & Amy Loon, to the end of their lives. My memories of John will last forever. Our prayers are with all of the Larson family at this time of sadness.
Posted by Larry Ayres on October 11, 2011
"Our" old neighborhood continues to decrease in size as we all grow older. John was an exceptional neighbor to my parents and me for many, many years. He lived a long life and always enjoyed those around him; especially family. Remember those precious moments and the 'good times'.
Posted by David J. Taggart on October 11, 2011
My prayers are wtih you all. Uncle John was a great man and Godfather. I am honored and blessed to have had him in my life.
Posted by Mary Kenner on October 9, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Evelyn, Marla, Alan and Judy. Uncle John was special and dearly loved.
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