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Edward M. Larson

Edward M. Larson

Edward M. Larson of Bemidji died on August 6, 2013, at the age of 87. He was born May 15, 1926, in Ten Lakes Township, the youngest of nine children born to Edward and Louisa Larson. In 1943 he joined the Navy and served in California until 1946. He attended Dunwoody in Minneapolis to learn carpentry and worked in construction in Alaska during the summers of 1950 and 1951. Ed married Ruth Countryman of Whipholt in 1953. They lived in Ten Lakes Township and Bemidji before moving to Cass Lake in 1959 where they raised their four children. Ed was a skilled carpenter who was self-employed before taking a job as a carpentry instructor for Job Corps at Lydick Lake in 1965. In 1969 he began work as a carpenter at Ah-Gwah-Ching where he worked until his retirement in 1991. Ed was a Boy Scout leader, was active in the American Legion Jack Kimball Post 284 of Cass Lake, and was a foreman for the construction of Dreamcatcher Park in Cass Lake. Ed and Ruth lived north of Cass Lake until 2003 when they moved to Bemidji. During his retirement years, Ed enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, brewing beer, gardening, and woodworking. He was always eager to help family and friends with house projects. He was very proud of his grandchildren and was thrilled to welcome the next generation of his family with the birth of a great grandson, Landon, in August 2011 and a great granddaughter, Addisyn, in July 2012. Ed's last completed carpentry project was a toy box for Landon in 2012.

Ed is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Jeff (Cindy) of Walker and Brian (Sharon Anderson) of Backus; daughters Char Saley (Neil) of Backus and Tamara (Arnie Engelby) of Coon Rapids; grandchildren Nate Larson (Kensi) of Cokato, Alyssa Lissick (Mark) of Bemidji, Brendan Larson (Whitney Johnson) of Brooklyn Park, Megan Saley, Michaela Saley, Tara Saley, and Breana Larson, all of Backus; great grandchildren Landon Edward Larson and Addisyn Grace Lissick; brother-in-law George Chell of Rapid City, SD; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Services will be held on Wednesday, August 14, at 2 pm at the United Methodist Church in Bemidji, with visitation at the church from noon to 2. Memorials preferred to Sanford Hospice of Bemidji and the United Methodist Church.

Dennis Funeral Home in Walker, MN is handling the arrangements.