Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Elliot S. Larson, 86
Elliot S. Larson, 86, of Austin passed away at St. Marys Hospital on May 2, 2009.
Elliot was born on April 21, 1923 in Sargeant Township to Lewis and Sophia (Starks) Larson. As a boy he was involved in his church, Evanger Lutheran where he served as President of Young People’s Lutheran League. He was also very involved in 4H. He attended high school in Austin, and graduated in 1941. Charlotte and Elliot were united in marriage in December 1943. Two children were born in to the marriage, Carole and Kevin. Elliot served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. He served as a Squad Leader and machine gun section leader. He was in combat with the 26th Infantry Division, received Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, European Theater of Operations with 1 battle star. He became a member of the First United Methodist Church in 1946 and served in nearly every capacity throughout his years there. He was a very devoted Christian, husband and father. He was a Scoutmaster Troop 110 for many years and served scouting in various capacities, receiving the Silver Scout award in 1967. He also coached a Little League team in Austin. Elliot loved to travel with his family, hunt, and fish, play soft ball, play cards, especially bridge. He worked for the Hormel Co. for 43 years, 10 months and enjoyed every bit of it. He often moonlighted in light construction, or as a painter,weed sprayer, fruit stand operator and farm worker. After retiring, he enjoyed spending time in Donna, Texas in the winter.
He is survived by his daughter, Carole (Joe) Wike, San Pedro, Calif.; son, Kevin (Ellen) Larson, Kingwood, Texas; sisters-in-law, Jeannine (Dick) Buechner and Phyllis Waldron of Austin; many nieces and nephews and his four grandchildren, Hattie, Reid, Jennie and Anna Larson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, and brothers and his wife.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the First Methodist Church with the Reverends Patricia M. Toschak and Dennis Tamke officiating. Internment will be in Grandview Cemetery with Olaf B. Damm Post 1216 VFW and Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and for one hour before the service on Thursday at the church. The family prefers memorials to the First United Methodist.