Byron Larson, of Mora, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. He was 60 years old.
Byron Lee Larson was born in St. Cloud on May 19, 1959, to Howard and Clara Larson. At a young age his family moved to Milaca where he resided until he became an adult. He attended Milaca Public Schools and received a certificate for welding at Pine Technical College in 1980. He served in the armed forces and National Guard. While in the military he received his GED but went back to Mora ALC at the age of 51 to obtain his high school diploma in 2011.
He was united in marriage to Donna Arnold while serving in the military. Two children, Steve and Daniel Larson were born to this union. Upon his discharge from the service he made his home in Mora. The couple parted ways and he later married Margo Hatch in Sturgis, South Dakota at the annual motorcycle rally. They made their home in Knife Lake township, where he resided until his death. Over the years he worked for Fingerhut, Carlson Enterprises and Grand Casino in Hinckley.
During his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, Steve and Dan. He loved Harley Davidson, and in fact, he named his Boston Terrier Harley. Byron owned three Harley Davidson motorcycles during his life and each one was given its own individual name: Charlie, Charlotte and Elvis. The second Harley he was fortunate to win, when a $20 raffle ticket he purchased, was selected the winning ticket during a Pheasants Forever drawing. A picture of him with the motorcycle and the story of his love for Harley Davidson, was featured in the town newspaper, making him feel like a local celebrity. Byron was a huge Vikings fan and loved to tease his Packer fan daughter, Tanya. The two of them would go back and forth over how much the other team sucked. He enjoyed bonfires with his wife, his family and friends. He looked forward to family get togethers and he hoped to one day return to Sturgis with his wife. He was looking forward to having a “surprise graduation party,” for his daughter, Tabitha. He slipped up and told her about the party, but then became quiet and quickly changed the subject, pretending he never said it.
He was preceded in death by wife, Margo Hatch; parents, Howard and Clara Larson; and brother, Bruce Larson.
He is survived by sons, Steve (Charity) Larson and Daniel Larson; daughters, Tanya (Glenn) Thoreen and Tabitha (Dave) Mihlbauer; grandchildren, Devon Larson, Ethan Larson, Tori Larson, Daniel (Susanna) Zeman, Douglas Zeman, Kelsey DeVlaeminck, Kirstyn DeVlaeminck, Connor Milhbauer, Bobbi Hatch and Jesse Niesen; siblings, Darrel (Liz) Larson, Mavis (Allen) Oesterich, David (Katie) Larson, Marla (David) Menhennett, Carol Jacobson and Bradley Larson; mother-in-law, Irene Harthan; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and their spouses, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Harley.
A memorial service will be held at Dresser Methven Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Dresser Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.