John R. Larson was born March 13, 1916 in Sanborn County, SD to Gust and Mabel (Shay) Larson. John was one of eleven children. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and later from Mitchell Business College. In 1942 during WWII he joined the US Army, serving in New Guinea, Philippines and Japan with the 122nd Field Artillery. In 1945 he married Evelyn Schroeder. John was employed by Loon Motor Company for twenty years and then Scott Supply Company for twenty-six years as a bookkeeper. He was active in the Zion Lutheran Church, the American Legion, VFW and reunions with his army buddies. John remained close to his family till his last days and was loved by all.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn and his three children: Marla (Ron) Sande, Rapid City; Al (Deanne) Larson, Mitchell; Judy Larson, Burnsville, MN; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two brothers: Wayne (Betty) Larson, Bozeman, MT; Don (Marlene) Larson, Elgin, IL and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.