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Theodore “Ted” Larson

September 30, 2019
Emmetsburg News

MALLARD -- Theodore J. "Ted"?Larson, 93, of Mallard died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Private graveside services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Rush Lake Cemetery, Mallard. The family hosted a time of fellowship at the PC?Harris Hall in Mallard.

Ted Larson, the son of Carl and Catherine (Eller)?Larson, was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Algona. He was raised and educated in Mallard.

Ted enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces and served from 1944 to 1946. Upon returning to the states, Ted was assigned to Four-Star General Anthony C. McAuliffe, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as his personal secretary.

In January of 1949 he was united in marriage to Norma McCullough in Jackson, MN. The couple lived their married lives in Mallard.

Ted owned and operated Larson Oil Company service stations in West Bend, Pocahontas, Laurens, Ruthven, Emmetsburg and Mallard during his lifetime. The Mallard site was in town for the better part of 60 years.

Ted was greatly involved with the planning and subsequent building of Spring Hills Golf Course in Mallard (1969), which is still operating today. His grandchildren remember his quick "one liners"?he used when visiting with them.

Survivors include his wife, Norma, of Mallard; sons, Rick (Linda) Larson of Branson, MO, and Mike (Joy)?Larson of Orange City; 13 grandchildren, along with many great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Andy; half-sister, Faun Della Larson; and his children, Mark, Ron, and Colleen.

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