Allan Jay Larson, age 75, of Montrose, formerly of Fairchild and Eau Claire, WI, died Sunday Aug. 8, 2010, at his home after a valiant battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 27, 1934, in Fairchild, WI to Otis and Zelma (Miller) Larson, and spent his youth in the Fairchild, WI area.
Allan went into the army right after high school, serving in Japan during the Korean conflict.
After being discharged from the army, he went to work for the Conservation Corp of Wisconsin, and the John Deere plant in Waterloo, IA, before settling at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in Altoona, WI as a mechanic and bridge worker.
Allan married Iris Lipke March 2, 1957, in Osseo, WI. They were blessed with four children.
Allen was transferred with the railroad to the Twin Cities area where he retired. He then turned to bus driving for the First Student Bus Company in Orono, until just a few years ago.
Allan enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, and driving the kids on the bus. Everyone who knew him was deeply touched by his generosity and great prankster personality.
Allan is survived by his four children, Faith (Don) Larson of Delano, Jeff (Linda) Larson of Augusta, WI, Darrell (Charlene Vail) Larson of Montrose, and Peggy (Mike McKown) Larson of Watertown; 11 grandchildren, Nicole (Josh Sheridan) Larson of Watertown, Dale Larson of Eau Claire, WI, Brandon Nagel of Hutchinson, Melissa (Eric) Vanderlinen of Osseo, Tracy and Terri Larson of Augusta, WI; Peter Larson of Albertville, Mindy Larson of Montrose, Maisy McKown of Watertown; Kari (Jeremy) Hausladen of Hutchinson, and Mike Vail of Paynesville; and nine great-grandchildren, Aubrey Sheridan of Watertown, Dalton and Caiden Vanderlinen of Osseo, Kayleah Nagel of Hutchinson, Khristian and Samantha Larson of Albertville, Nathanale McKown of Watertown, Josie and Sydney Hausladen of Hutchinson.
He is further survived by two brothers, James (Marilyn) Larson and William (Karen) Larson, both of Eau Claire, WI; a twin sister, Alice Pingle of Eau Claire, WI; and other relatives and friends.
Allan was preceded in death by his wife, Oct. 27, 2009; his parents; and a grandson, Steven Larson.
A private family service will take place at a later date. Condolences can be sent to Care of Allan Larson family at P.O. Box 102 Montrose, MN 55363.