Wilbur Lee Larson was born to Lee R. and Mary Ann Larson on Dec. 11, 1914 in Lincoln County, Neb. Wilbur departed this life on May 19, 2002, at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial.
Wilbur grew up on his family's farm near Gothenburg. He was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1933.
Wilbur married Wanda L. Ackerman on December 16, 1935. Together they had three children; Robert, Kay, and Alvin. They made their home in Gothenburg, where Wilbur worked in sales for the local Ford dealer. He bought the Ford dealership in Wauneta in 1954, and ultimately moved the dealership to Imperial in 1969.
Wilbur was active in many community organizations. He served as a volunteer firefighter for 35 years in Gothenburg and Wauneta. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in both Imperial and Wauneta, and enjoyed his association with the Lion's Club. He served as an officer in the church and was Sunday School treasurer. He served as Mayor of Wauneta for several years.
An avid outdoorsman, Wilbur loved hunting, fishing, camping, and boating. He also enjoyed cooking and woodworking. He was generous with his time, and enjoyed sharing his hobbies and knowledge with his grandchildren and great-grandchilren.
Wilbur leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Wanda; three children, Robert Larson and his wife Virginia of Faribault, Minn., Kay and her husband, Eugene Haarberg of Imperial, and Alvin Larson and his wife, Susan of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Ernest Larson and his wife, Marge of Denton, Texas; six grandchildren and families, Keeli and Mark Yonkers of Bridgeport, Neb., Dirk and Elizabeth Haarberg of Imperial, Robert and Michelle Larson of Pensacola, Fla., Tami Larson of Houston, Texas, Kara and Chad Landwehr of Wichita, Jennifer and Jonathon Shockley of Wichita; great-grandchildren and families, A.J. and Marylee Yonkers, Charles and Samuel Haarberg, Sarah and Austin Shockley, Jakob Landwehr, Lee, Carli and Gabrielle Larson, and Wade and Victoria Larson.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Mary Larson, brother Royal Larson, and granddaughter Joet Haarberg.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial. Memorials may be given in his name.
Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge of arrangements.