Kenneth Dean Larson
Kenneth D. Larson, 85, Viborg, was welcomed to Heaven Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.
A Masonic prayer service will be 7:00 PM, Friday, June 17, 2016, at Harmony Presbyterian Church, Hurley, SD. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 18th, at Harmony Presbyterian Church, with full military honors.
Kenneth Dean Larson was born on September 18th, 1930, to Marius and Lovina Larson at Hurley, South Dakota. Kenneth grew up on farms in the Hurley, Davis, and Parker areas, and farming was in his blood, starting at a very young age driving the work horses to mow hay. Kenny attended high school in Hurley, enjoying playing football and graduating in 1948. Kenny joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and boarded ship to serve his country in the Korean War, spending a lot of his service in Japan and ending his service as a Machinist Mate 1st Class Petty Officer. Following his discharge in 1955, he returned to farming with his father.
On May 7th, 1960, Kenneth married his wife of 56 years, Meredith (Jeanne) Jensen. They lived on a farm near Hurley for 55 years before moving to town. They were blessed with one daughter, Amy.
Kenny was a member of Harmony Presbyterian Church of Hurley. He was also a very active member of the Masonic Lodge and York Rite Bodies, serving as a Grand High Priest of the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. Locally, he was a member of the Joppa Lodge of Hurley and the Order of Eastern Star of Hurley and Centerville. Kenneth was a member of the Davis American Legion, acting as adjutant for several years.
Kenny and his wife enjoyed collecting antiques and traveling by car in order to visit antique shops on the way to their destination. They also cherished meals out with friends and family. Kenny’s greatest joys in life were his three granddaughters, Raegan (10), Brinlee (8), and Harper (4 months).
Survivors left to mourn his passing include his wife, Meredith (Jeanne) of Hurley, SD; his daughter Amy (Mike) Smith of Hurley, SD; his granddaughters Raegan Rose Smith, Brinlee Danni Smith, and Harper Javene Lovina Smith; his brother Lyle (Doris) of Yankton, SD; his brother Merton of Golden Valley, AZ; his brother Burdette (Ilze) of Elm Grove, WI; and his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.