Herb Larson

Herbert I. Larson, 100, died at the Good Samaritan Center in Corsica, SD on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Christian Reformed Church in Corsica with burial following in Graceland Cemetery in Corsica. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 5 - 7 PM at the Christian Reformed Church in Corsica. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Armour.

Herbert Issac Larson was born June 18, 1911 to Neil Jorgan Larson and Musa Dora Scheeder in Corsica SD. Herbert was the youngest of seven children. His twin brother died in infancy as did another brother.

Herbert married Lillian Florance DeVelder on Jan 27, 1945 in Seattle WA. Herbert and Lillian were devoted to each other for 65 years.

Herbertís younger years were spent on his parentís farm in Mitchell. He dropped out of school after the 9th grade to take care of his folks as his dad was ill and could no longer do any work. His father passed away in 1940 and Herbert bought the farm from the bank and worked it. In 1942 he was drafted and had to give the farm back to the bank because he owed $1500 on it. Immediately before he was to be enlisted in the Navy, the draft ended and they said they didnít need him. So he had no draft, no farm and no job. He moved his mother to an apartment in Mitchell and he got a job on a dairy farm south of town. Then he met Lillian at his motherís apartment in Mitchell. Later on, he would always say losing the farm was the best thing that happened to him because thatís how he met his future wife. They courted for a year. Herbert and his mother moved to Longview where he got a job at a sawmill and brought Lillian out to get married. They lived there for a year. His mother did not like the Northwest and wanted to move back to Mitchell, so he pulled up roots again and moved to Minnesota working in a lumber yard, then Sioux Falls in 1947 working in a bakery. In 1952, after their son Jim was born, they bought Lillianís childhood farm just east of Corsica and worked the farm.

Herbert liked farming, especially with horses. He may have been one of the last farmers in the area to get a tractor! He always got on well with animals and had a way of taming a new batch of calves. He was an excellent fence builder and could put up a good strong, straight fence all alone. In 1968 Herbert finally had to give up farming after falling off a ladder and hitting his head. He moved the family to Portland Oregon in 1970 for a short while and decided that Corsica was really the place for them! They moved back and stayed put!

Given these talents, he was also a wonderful pianist and is well remembered for the many years teaching many local kids and adults to play. He attended Longfellow School of Music and over the years had three students who were awarded musical scholarships.
One thing Herbert was not was a mechanic. He went thru more riding lawnmowers! Probably because he couldnít hear thanks to those early tractors. However, he was a kind, gentle man with a good sense of humor. He always worked hard, provided for his family and enjoyed life, no matter what it threw at him. He loved to travel and the family always took time to take a vacation every year, including going to Denmark one year. Those trips were his fondest memories.

He is survived by daughter-in-law, Kathy Pettersen, grand-daughters Tracy Lea and Kayla James and great granddaughter Zuri Lea, all of Longview, WA and many, many nieces and nephews.

Herbert is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, both of his children, James L and Linda J, four brothers and two sisters.

Officiating: Rev. Josh Benton

Music: Jackie Niewenhuis, organist;    Paul Larson, soloist