James Arthur Larsen
September 22, 1953 ~ February 27, 2019
James “Jim” A. Larsen, 65, Valley Springs, died Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at his home.
Memorial Services will be 5pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, Valley Springs, with a visitation following at the American Legion Hall immediately afterwards. Burial at Pleasant View Cemetery will take place at a later date.
James A Larsen was born in Valley Springs at Trivalley hospital to James M and Dorothy (Thompson) Larsen on September 22, 1953. He lived in the Valley Springs area all his life and graduated from Brandon Valley High School. He Farmed for many years and became a talented machinist at S and J Machine shop in Valley Springs. Jim then worked for Luverne Truck Equipment (Now known as Curt Group). He had so much pride and love for the people he worked with and the work that he did.
Jim met the love of his life , Joanne Rodvik in 1976 and they were married August 27th, 1977. She was the light of his life and he was the light of hers. They were blessed with two children, Erik, Valley Springs, and Kallie, Sioux Falls. Erik and Kallie, both of which were loved dearly and cherished. Jim was very proud of both of them.
Jim was known for his ability to fix all things broken; if he couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed. He started at the age of three when he completely dis-assembled a Big Ben alarm clock, much to the dismay of his mother.
Some of Jim’s greatest pleasures in life were his love of his “International Harvester Cub Cadet” garden tractors and spending time in his garden. He cultivated beautiful gardens every year and loved to share his bounty with everyone. He used his gifts to help his friends and neighbors. As soon as the snow fell, he was out on his cub cadet clearing the snow from all sidewalks and driveways.
Jim will be deeply missed by his wife, Jo Larsen; two children, Erik and Kallie Larsen; along with his two sisters, Susan (Dave) Lillo and Rozanne, both of San Tan Valley, AZ; and a very special nephew, Todd Orchard, of San Tan Valley, AZ; a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins that will miss him as well.
Preceding Jim in death are his father, James “Bud” Larsen; his mother, Dororthy “Dode” Larsen; and his sister, Judy Larsen.