Elmer J. Larson, age 95, of Grand Forks (formerly Climax, MN) died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at the Woodside Village in Grand Forks. Elmer, son of Martin and Helga “Josephine” (Thoreson) Larson, was born on September 29, 1918 at rural Climax, MN. He grew up and was educated at Climax, graduating from Climax High School in 1939. He was united in marriage with Marion Neil on October 26, 1941, at Sand Hill Lutheran Church in rural Climax. They lived in Grand Forks where he worked at American Crystal Sugar Co., and later they moved to Moorhead where he was employed at the Concordia farm. They started farming in rural Climax, in 1946 and they farmed there until retiring in 1983. In 1999, Elmer and Marion moved into East Grand Forks and three years ago, they moved to Grand Forks.
Elmer was a lifetime member of the Sand Hill Lutheran Church, as he was baptized, confirmed and married there. He served as a board member for the Climax School Board, the West Polk County ASCS Board, the Halstad Telephone Company Board and the Climax Grain Board. Elmer and Marion enjoyed traveling to many countries after retiring from farming. They enjoyed music , dancing, and attending grandchildren’s activities. He was a member of the Sand Hill Lutheran Church Choir and the Men’s Quartet
He is survived by Marion, his wife of 72 years; five children: Judith (Robert) Hoffman of Waseca, MN, Linda (Darren) Pahl of Zumbrota, MN, Arlan (Dana) Larson of Climax, MN, Wanda (Bill) Scoville of Fargo, ND and Owen (Connie) Larson of Climax; fifteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law: Gloria Larson of Joliet, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents: Martin and Helga; three sisters: Anna Evenson, Idella Grove and Helen Evenson; five brothers: Adolph, William, Lars, Melvin and Joseph Larson; three siblings who died in infancy; and a brother-in-law, Robert Neil.
Elmer’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax, MN, with the Rev. Joy Grainger, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 5 to 7 PM with a 7 PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday, January 4th. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. May God richly bless the memory of Elmer J. Larson.
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