John J. Larson, Jr. (88), of Duluth, MN passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 15, at St. Luke’s Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
John was born July 9, 1932, in Minneapolis, MN. He moved to Port Wing, WI, in 1940 and graduated from South Shore High School (Port Wing) in 1951. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church it’s Choir, Men’s Club and Church Council, as well as the American Legion.
John joined the Air Force in 1953 and was assigned to a base in Bremerhaven, Germany for three years. John began his Guard career in July, 1958 when he joined the 148th Duluth Air National Guard as an Operations Clerk. During his career, CM Sgt Larson served as Operations Supervisor, First Sergeant of the 179th, FIS Operations Superintendent, member of the Senior Enlisted Advisory Council, Headquarters Minnesota Air National Guard, Senior Airfield Manager, he retired as an Air Technician on July 31, 1987. In January, 1988 he became the Commander and Chief for the State of Minnesota.
John is preceded in death by his father, John J. Larson Sr., mother, Ruth (Madison) Larson, sister, June Larson, brother, Charles Larson and infant grandson Dylan Larson.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary (Haug) Larson, his children, Kerry Larson (Xiuping), Kevin Larson (Bobbi), Kathy Sandstedt (Jim), Kris Larson, Kent Larson (Dawnmarie), his ten grandchildren (and spouses), eleven great-grandchildren (and one on the way), along with sister’s, Bette Hanson, Carol Smith, brother, Bill Larson (Mona) and many nieces and nephews
Visitation Monday, April 19, 5pm-7pm at Williams Lobermeier, Tuesday, April 20, family visitation held at Salem Lutheran Church, Hermantown 12:00pm with family only Service at 1pm. Parking lot service available for friends and extended family at 1pm,. Graveside services for family and friends at 2:00pm Bethany Cemetery, Hermantown.
Arrangements by Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home. 3208 W. 3rd St. Duluth, MN 55806. 218-624-1059. Memorials to Salem Lutheran Church in lieu of flowers
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