NORTH PLATTE -- Marion Earle "Gus" Larsen, 74, died Wednesday (June 25, 2003) at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
He was born March 22, 1929, to Joy Earle and Pearle Esther (Clark) Larsen at Eskridge, Kan. He was raised in the sandhills area before entering the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in China.
On Sept. 7, 1950, he married Donna Baldwin in North Platte. The couple lived in North Platte all but two years of their married life, which was in 1968-1970 when they lived in McCook. He worked for J.C. Penney in North Platte for 38 years.
He was a member of the Church of the Salvation Army, being a Corps Sargent Major in the church. He was also a member of the Eagles and the American Legion, and was a sponsor for the National Little Britches Rodeo Association and the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Edward, Floyd, Lawrence, Jimmy and Chester; a grandson, Shane Larsen; and a step-father, Arthur Stewart.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of North Platte; one daughter, Pamela and husband, Bernie Ruppert of McCook; two sons, Patrick Larsen and wife, Barbara and Michael Larsen and wife, Jane all of North Platte; one brother, Sherman Larsen and wife, Edna of Topeka, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Norine Stewart and Gertrude Stewart both of North Platte; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 11 a.m., at the Church of the Salvation Army with Captain Kris Wood officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell with military honors graveside.
Visitation is today until 9 p.m. at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Adams & Swanson Funeral Home of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.