|Remembering Russell Larson|
Russell Larson, retired custodian, died April 22 in Prairie View Nursing Home in Underwood. He was 94.
Russell Larson was born August 18, 1913 in Blue Earth, Minn., to Lewis and Karen (Amlund) Larson. He was raised and educated in the Blue Earth area. On Aug. 18, 1939, he married Juanita Collier in Topeka, Kansas. She died in August 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1942 to 1945 in the construction battalion, building naval shore facilities in combat zones in the southwest Pacific.
He married Mildred Bennett on Feb. 9, 1948 in Grand Forks. He was a self-employed linoleum and carpet layer for many years before taking a job as a custodian at UND 1972. He retired in 1984.
He enjoyed playing card, poker, and dice games with family and friends. A talented green thumb, his lawn and flower gardens were beautiful, winning best flower garden in Grand Forks.
He is survived by his grandson, Michael (Lisa) Rathke; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Everett Hinnenkamp; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Juanita and Mildred; one daughter, LaDonna Rathke; four sisters and six brothers.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621