Larson, Amos D. (1923-2013)

Amos D. Larson, age 90, of Stephen, MN, died Tuesday, February 19, at the Valley Memorial Homes facility in Grand Forks, ND.

Amos was born on February 14, 1923, in Argyle, MN, the son of Edgar and Laura (Melo) Larson. Amos graduated from Stephen High School and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he played half-back for the Cobber football team. He served during World War II in the Aviation Branch of the United States Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific’s Mariana Islands. Amos was united in marriage to Mercedes Bonnevieve (Bonnie) Olson on November 17, 1951, at the East Emmaus Church in Jupiter Township near Kennedy, MN. Amos farmed in
Donnelly and Sinnoth Townships until he retired from farming in 1976. For many years he was an agent for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation with offices located in Warren, MN, and Thief River Falls, MN. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Stephen Shrine Club, member of Kem Temple of Grand Forks, ND, Charter Presentation Chairman for the Lion’s Club, past Master of Masonic Lodge #279, and past Commander of the American Legion Post #390 in Stephen, MN.

Amos had a passion for adventure. His younger years were spent downhill skiing, obtaining his pilot’s license, and leading Boy Scout expeditions into the Boundary Waters. In his later years Amos enjoyed going to the grain elevator for coffee, golfing, and taking drives around the countryside. He and Bonnie spent several winters in Arizona and Texas, and Amos cherished visits with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Renae (Anthony) Turco of Tucson, AZ, and one son, Scott (Karla) Larson of Dickinson, ND. Amos leaves four granddaughters, Kristine and Kathleen Larson and Kailey and Kristen Turco; one step-grandson, Derek Northrop; and two sisters, Leatrice (Charles) Field of Stephen, MN, and Virginia Locke of Portland, OR. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Amos was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roger Larson, Russell Larson, and an infant brother, Cameron Larson; and three sisters, Shirley White, Anita Whalen, and Yvonne Overfield.

Amos so appreciated the warm and loving care he received at Parkwood in Grand Forks, ND, where he lived for two years. The family would also like to thank Valley Memorial Homes in Grand Forks, ND, for the kindness and respect they gave during the last few days of his life. Amos was able to meet his final goal of reaching his 90th birthday.

Found at: Austin Funeral Chapel

[Interred Stephen cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

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