CURTIS -- Les Larsen, 59, died Thursday (Sept. 21, 2006) at the Omaha Medical Center Clarkston Tower.
He was born Leslie Anton Larsen Oct. 29, 1946, to Signor and Inga Jensen Larsen at Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm near West Branch, Iowa. He attended West Branch Public Schools. He graduated with the class of 1965. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in West Branch Decorah, Iowa where he majored in religious studies.
After graduation, he continued his studies at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He was ordained by the American Lutheran Church on May 27, 1973. Les served congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska. His last call was to Zion Lutheran Church north of Gothenburg in 2004, when he and his wife Bonnie moved to Curtis to be near family.
On Oct. 17, 1982 he married Bonnie (Keller) Rasmussen at Gethesmane Lutheran Church in Lexington, Ky. They served together in team ministry all 24 years of their married life.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Larsen of Curtis; one daughter Johanna and husband, Jerry Ketoff of Dubuque, Iowa; two sons, Karl Larsen of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Thor and wife Andrea Larsen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; step-children Tori and Bob Willis of Grant, Chuck and Jenny Salestrom of North Platte, Rick and Lori Rasmussen of Grand Island, MacKenzie Green of North Platte, Trudi and Scott Montesi of Nashville, Tenn., and Kathi and John Lohr of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Thursday, 2 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church north of Gothenburg with ELCA Bishop David L. deFreese officiating assisted by Pastors Baron and Nancy Cole and Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Judy Gifford. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his fellow Lutheran Clergy. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Register book will be available to sign at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg today until 5 p.m. Online condolences may be given at www.blasestrauser.com.
Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church or the American Diabetes Assn.
Arrangements are under the direction of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg.