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Richard Larson

Richard E. Larson, age 77, of Marquette, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 22nd at the Mamre Evangelical Free Church northeast of Marquette. Rev. Bill Stern will officiate. Interment will be in the Mamre Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Richard ‘Dick’ Eugene Larson, the son of Raymond Ernest and Bessie (Rader) Larson, was born in North Platte, Nebraska, on September 13, 1939, and passed away in Houston, Texas, on April 17, 2017, at the age of 77.

Dick lived in North Platte until 1944 when his family moved to Marquette. He attended Marquette Schools and graduated in 1958.

Dick was united in marriage to Maraldine Nelson on July 1, 1961 at the Mamre Evangelical Free Church. He entered the Army in 1962 and served 15 months in Germany. After serving in the Army he was employed at Sta-Rite Industries for 30 years.

Dick served on the Marquette Fire Department for over 20 years and served on the Marquette Town Board for several terms. He was also a past member and officer of the APIC’s Association. Dick held various offices in his church.

He enjoyed camping and traveling with his family and friends. He and Maraldine fulfilled a dream of going to Alaska in 2006, spending 2 months traveling in Canada and Alaska in their recreational vehicle. They also spent their winters as “Winter Texans” in Brownsville, TX.

Dick was always quick with a humorous comeback and loved to tease and joke with anyone and everyone while in the hospital. He was a proud of his kids and would brag about his grandkids and 2 great-grandkids to anyone would listen. Dick was passionate about his Faith and his love for his wife. Dick was extremely proud of serving his country. He enjoyed many different things attending events of his kids and especially his grandkids. He was a father to not only his own children but to the entire neighborhood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Raymond; grandson, Tyler Larson and son-in-law, Curtis Mingus.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife, Maraldine ‘Mert’ of Marquette; two children, Cindy Mingus of Aurora and Mike (Nancy) Larson of Hampton; 4 grandchildren, Amber (Chris) Zimmerman of Madison, Wisconsin Keith Mingus of Grand Island, Amy Mingus of Grand Island and Riley Larson attending Doane University; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Piper Zimmerman of Madison, Wisconsin; 2 sisters, Mary Ann Guilford of Hampton and Barbara Rickords of Ponca City, Oklahoma and many other relatives and friends.

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