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Ronald P. Larson

June 26, 2018
Emmetsburg News
MALLARD -- Ronald Paul Larson, 67, of Mallard passed away peacefully at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg on Saturday, June 16, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. Funeral service for Ronald Larson was held at Friday, June 22, at Mallard United Methodist Church. The Reverend Bea Kinzler officiated. Interment will be at a later date. The Harris Funeral Homeo in Mallard was in charge of arrangements. Ronald Paul was born on Sept. 20, 1950 to Theodore and Norma Larson in Emmetsburg. Ronald resided in Mallard throughout his childhood. Ron enjoyed many hours of play with his siblings: Rick, Colleen, Mike, Mark and all of the neighborhood kids. During high school, Ron was active in football, basketball, track, and baseball. Some people still aren’t sure how he got tires over the flagpole. He graduated from Mallard High School in 1968. After graduating from high school, Ron left Mallard and enrolled at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE to pursue a degree in teaching. While at Wayne State, Ron met his wife of 45 years Richelle Jean Stockton. He wed Richelle on December 16, 1972. While at Wayne State, Ron also began a life-long relationship with his Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity brothers. Even after 50 years, these guys were an extremely important part of Ron’s life. He graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree. He taught and coached for three years in Marquette, NE before joining Larson Oil Corporation, the family gas station business, for the next ten years. Ron was employed by Mallard Community School District in 1986 as the industrial education teacher and head boys’ basketball coach, leading Mallard to back-to-back state tournament appearances (1990, 1991). He later finished his career as principal of West Bend - Mallard Community School district retiring in 2006. Ron touched many young lives through his service in education and coaching and many have shared memories of having Ron as a teacher and coach. He was also a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Mallard. Ron enjoyed a good golf game with friends and fraternity brothers, singing, playing the guitar and trumpet, and listening to music. Ron never passed up an opportunity to swing the clubs regardless of whether it was at his home course of Spring Hills in Mallard or somewhere else, and he welcomed all ages and ability levels to join him. Ron spent many years on the Spring Hills Country Club Board of Directors and working at the course to make it look attractive. From a musical standpoint, Ron was a talented artist which he displayed in numerous ways including through his band Lynch and the Hangmen, his trumpet and guitar sessions during family gatherings and singing in the church choir. His main passion was his family and grandchildren, attending numerous sporting events, concerts, and dance recitals. Ron enjoyed working outdoors, completing projects, and never liked to sit still – Ron was always a welcome visitor to his children’s homes as adults as they knew those long delayed house projects would actually get completed. The road was well traveled between Mallard, and both Estherville and Kansas City, MO, where the grandchildren lived. Ron is survived by his love of 45 years wife, Richelle; son, Troy (Angela) Larson of Estherville; and daughter, Tamela (Chad) Milbrandt of Liberty, MO; six grandchildren, Taylor, William, Karson, Owen, Graysen, and Cullen; and great grandchild, Taliyah. Also surviving are his parents, Theodore and Norma Larson of Mallard; brothers, Rick (Linda) Larson of Branson, MO, and Mike (Joy) Larson of Orange City. Ronald was preceeded in death by his sister, Coleen Friedlander; brother, Mark Larson; paternal grandparents, Carl and Berniece Larson; maternal grandparents, Charles (Chub) and Gladys McCullough; and in-laws William and Betty Stockton.


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