Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Raymond Juestine Larson, 89, of Northfield, Minn., passed away Sept. 1, 2009, at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center.
He was born July 26, 1920 to Joseph and Luella (Larson) Larson in Lakeville. He was raised on the family farm in New Market Township and baptized and confirmed at West Christiania Lutheran Church.
On June 27, 1942, Ray married Annette Elvestad in Farmington. After marriage, Ray served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942-1945. Following his discharge, the couple farmed in New Market Township until purchasing a farm in Northfield Township in 1955.
Along with farming, Ray worked as a carpenter for Vanselus Construction and later at Carleton College. In 1993, he retired and they moved to Northfield. In retirement, Ray spent many years working as groundskeeper at the Northfield Cemetery. Annette passed away on May 23, 1997.
Ray was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was an excellent carpenter, mechanic and general handyman and was always willing to spend his time and talents helping his kids and others.
Survivors include his four children: Jerrold Larson, Austin, Richard Larson, Centerville, Ohio, Dale (Sandra) Larson, Austin, Sandra (Greg) Harrell, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; six grandchildren (and their families): Chris, Jeff, Julie, Joe, Adam (Amy) and Brian; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar (Helen) Larson, Northfield; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annette; two sisters, Marie Markison and Alma Hall; three brothers: Hans, Henry and Morris.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with the Rev. Mark Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Daniel Fenn. A reception will follow. Interment with Military Honors will be in Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
Benson & Langehough Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.