DENNIS W. LARSON, age 96, of Greenwood, formally of Loyal, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 as the sun set beautifully in the western sky at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, with his family at his side. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Missionary Baptist Church, in Greenwood. Pastor Geoff Smith and Pastor Dave Sommerfeld will officiate and burial will follow in the Loyal Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joshua Larson, Dennis Larson, Charlie Larson, Morgan Larson, Jim Dux, and Joe Brock. Visitation will be held at the Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Friday, Decemeber15, 2017 from 4pm–7pm, and at the church on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service. A meal will be served at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, immediately after burial in the Loyal Cemetery.
Dennis Ward Larson was born on July 23, 1921 in the Town of Beaver, rural Loyal, the son of Richard E. and Martha C. (Schultz) Larson. He was raised on his family’s farm and received his education in the Loyal area, graduating from Loyal High School in 1940. After completing his education, Dennis attended the University of Wisconsin Farm Short Course in Madison. He was united in marriage to Elsie B. Anderson on October 25, 1947 in Chicago, IL. From 1951-54, they lived in the Eau Claire and Merrill areas. Dennis & Elsie bought his parents farm and operated that until retiring in 1996. When his health declined in 2005, he moved in with Don, Millie, and their children and lived with them until August of this year, when he entered the House of the Dove. He thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the wild life that the Black River offered when they moved to their new home in Greenwood in 2015.
He served on the Clark County Community Services Board for over 30 years, was a past-president of the Clark County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and was an active member in the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association and the Clark County Interbreed Association. Dennis and his late wife, Elsie, were instrumental in starting ADS in Greenwood. Dennis had a passion for planting trees and many of trees at the Loyal Community Park came from his farm.
Dennis was a member of Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school until his health no longer allowed him to.
He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, attending his grandchildren's sporting events, golfing, bird watching, and playing many board games, especially chess.
Dennis will be dearly missed by his three children: David (Sheila) Larson of John’s Island, SC, Rebecca (Dale) Warren of Greenwood, Donald (Millie) Larson of Greenwood; nine grandchildren: Chris Larson, Courtney (Paul) Egen, Jessica (Paul ) Kayhart, Allison (Ben) Kunhart, Sara Warren, Dr. Joshua (Anne) Larson, Dennis Larson, Morgan Larson, and Charles Larson; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister: Julie (Earl) Schamehorn of Redlands, CA; two brothers-in-law: Elmer Powers of Silver Creek, NE, Don (Diane) Anderson of Wheaton, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elsie, on July 28, 2002; one brother: Richard Larson; and two sisters: Athalie Bennett and Kay Powers.
Special thanks to the nurses and staff at the House of the Dove. You clearly were angels on earth prepping Dad for the angels in heaven!