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Robert Larson, 72

Robert Edward Larson, age 72, of Cokato passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, June 8, 2011, after a nine-month battle with cancer.

There will be a memorial service Friday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Cokato, with Pastor Allen Jones officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are being handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Robert was born Oct. 1, 1938, in the hospital in Cokato, the son of Waldo and Mildred (Olson) Larson. He was baptized as an infant, and was confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato during his youth. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Cokato.

Robert joined the Army in the early 1960s and served in the United States and Germany.

Robert was united in marriage to his wife, Darlene Dec. 7, 1979. They resided in Cokato throughout their entire marriage, and recently moved from the farm to town.

Robert tried his hand in a few different jobs during his early years, but always returned to his true passion of farming. Robert and Darlene moved to their farm in 1985, and worked with both livestock and crops. He was a very hard and dedicated worker.

Robert enjoyed having coffee at Daniel’s and was an amazing storyteller. His family and friends always enjoyed hearing him share a memory or tell a story.

He also enjoyed reading about and watching movies about history, especially involving World War II and American history.

In addition, Robert enjoyed collecting miniature tractors and farm equipment, as well as real working versions.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Darlene; children Denise (Gregg) Rosenau of Cokato, Scott (Carrie) Thomas of Willmar, Mike (Rene) Thomsen of Harrisburg, PA, Michelle Thomsen of Sedona, AZ, and Jeff (Shyla) Thomsen of Vernon, AZ; special family JoRae (John) Stockdale of Apple Valley and Amber Anderson of Emily; and 11 grandchildren.

He is further survived by brothers and sisters Gary (Rita) Larson of Annandale, Patricia Ephraim of Rochester, NY, Judien (James) Cooper of Lima, NY, Garwin Larson of Waverly, and Harriet Miller of Columbia Heights; many nieces and nephews; as well as many family members and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elaine Luedke; and two brothers-in-law.