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Richard A. Larson, 52

Richard “Rick” Alvin Larson, age 52, of Dassel, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

He was born July 21, 1959, in Sandstone, MN, the son of Jack and Ellen (Brose) Larson. Rick grew up in the Sandstone and Sturgeon Lake areas and graduated from the Willow River High School in 1977.

After high school, Rick attended the 916 Vo-Tech School.

Rick was united in marriage to Karen Ellies June 14, 1986, in Lafayette. They made their home in East Bethel until 1995, when they moved to the Dassel area.

Rick was employed by Express Scripts, Inc. in Bloomington as a computer programmer. He enjoyed his work and the people that he worked with.

Rick loved spending time with family and friends, and spent many hours helping coach Luke and Samantha in their sports activities. He was both their cheerleader and their biggest fan.

He enjoyed baseball, basketball, and football, both as a participant and a fan throughout his lifetime.

Rick will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends.

Rick is survived by his wife, Karen Larson of Dassel; children Lucas Larson and Samantha Larson, both of Dassel; and siblings Fred (Kris) Larson of Sandstone, Jackie Miller of Osseo, Gary (Dori) Larson of Orange Park, FL, Barb (Ken) Cisar of Willow River, James Larson of Oklahoma, Terry Larson of Alaska, Lucinda Hovrud (Jean Free) of Coon Rapids, Rodney (JoLynne) Larson of Elk River, and Kyle (Tabitha) Larson of Bentonville, AR.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bill.

A memorial service took place Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating.

There was a time to gather with family Friday evening, April 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.