Ronald L. Larson died on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Regina Care Center in Hastings. He was 83 years old.
He was the first of eight children born to LeRoy and Dorothy Larson. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1954 after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving his country from 1954-1958. He was united in marriage to Arloene Renner on Sept. 20, 1958, and they raised five children. His career started with operating a number of Texaco and Mobil gas stations until 1973, when he was hired by Phoenix Industries to manage the Pine Bend Landfill in Inver Grove Heights. He worked his way up to vice president of operations, then district manager after Phoenix Industries was purchased by BFI in 1980. He continued to work for BFI until his retirement.
Early on, he and his family spent time camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. He also enjoyed playing softball, bowling and fishing. Later in life, he found companionship with Sylvia Faylor and they spent many hours fishing together.
He was preceded in death by parents, LeRoy and Dorothy; mother of his children, Arloene; brothers, Gary and Richard; sister, Pam Fischer; brother-in-law, Clayton Grabinski; nephew, Craig Grabinski; and special friend, Sylvia Faylor.
He is survived by brothers, Jack (Karen) and Jim (Dixie); sisters, Joan Grabinski and Deb Wendell; brother-in-law, Gary Fischer; sisters-in-law, Sue and Marge; children, Greg (Coleen Sundberg), Connie (Randy) Gabrick, Terryn (Dick) Hardie, Keith (Kim) and Renee (Bill) Riviere; grandchildren, Alan (Denise), Kevin, Brandon, Courtney, Aly, Billy and Katy; great-granddaughter, Eleanor Jane Hardie; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Mora with Rev. Robert DeYoung officiating. Music will be provided by D.B. Johnson. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Military Honors by Mora American Legion Post 201 will follow the service at the church. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.
Arrangements by Dresser-Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.