In Memory of

Harold Arthur Larson

July 2, 1928 - October 4, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

Harold Arthur Larson, the son of Carl and Inez (Coombs) Larson, was born July 2, 1928, in Aurelia, IA. Harold’s childhood years were spent in Aurelia, where he attended school. Harold was always interested in athletics and earned 12 letters in high school before heading off to the Iowa State Teachers’ College, where he played baseball. After graduating in 1950 with a BA in physical education and minors in history and math, Harold started his teaching career at Sutherland, Iowa High School as a math teacher and coach. Harold later joined the US Army, and after leaving the service in 1956, he started a 36-year career as a math teacher, basketball coach, and golf coach at Washington High School in Cherokee, Iowa until his retirement in 1992.

 In November of 1951, Harold was united in marriage to Aileen Schneider. They were blessed with seven children. During retirement, Harold enjoyed playing golf and was an active member of the Cherokee Country Club. He also volunteered with the Knights of Columbus and Meals on Wheels. Nothing made him happier than spending time with family cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones and Minnesota Twins.

 On Monday, October 4, 2021, Harold passed away at Accura Care Center in Aurelia, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Oscar and Inez Pearl (Coombs) Larson; sister, Carole Bistline; brother, Dale Larson; brothers-in-law, Lew Bistline and Tom Yates; sister-in-law, Lucille Larson; daughter, Joy Larson; and son, Douglas Larson.

 He will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 70 years, Aileen Mae (Schneider) Larson of Cherokee, IA; children, Dr. David (Diane) Larson of Ankeny, IA, daughter-in-law, Ginny Larson of St. Louis, MO, Mike (Kathy) Larson of Dublin, OH, Nancy (Charley) Jensen of Leawood, KS, Karl Larson of Cherokee, IA, and Dan (Jodi) Larson of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren: Carrie James, Stephanie Timm (Matt), Angie Larson, Katie Larson, Erika Larson, Tom Jensen (Lauren), Ben Jensen, Leigh Ann Griffin, Caleb Larson; great-grandchildren, Colton Timm, Westin Timm and Nancy Jane Jensen; sister, Corrine  Yates of Indio, CA. Harold was our dear husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

 In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Larson Family Memorial Scholarship benefitting students from Cherokee County. Larson Family Memorial Scholarship, Iowa State University Foundation, P.O. Box 2230, Ames, Iowa, 50010-2230.

Tribute Video
SERVICES
Memorial services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Larson Family Memorial Scholarship benefitting student from Cherokee County. Larson Family Memorial Scholarship, Iowa State University Foundation, P.O. Box 2230, Ames, Iowa, 50010-2230.
OFFICIATING
Father Daniel Rupp

Readers:
Angie Larson, Katie Larson, and Caleb Larson
CASKET BEARERS
Honorary Bearers

Carrie James
Stephanie Timm
Angie Larson
Katie Larson
Erika Larson
Tom Jensen
Ben Jensen
Caleb Larson
Leighann Griffin
VISITATION
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.


MUSIC
Organist- Cain Junkman
Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
INTERMENT
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Condolences

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:31 PM
“R.I.P. Mr Larson. Remember you as one of our favorite teachers from WHS. Thanks for teaching us Algebra. And thanks for coming to the 50th 1964 class reunion, it was very nice visiting with you. You are fondly remembered by very many WHS graduates.
Jerry and Marcella Springer
- Jerry Springer and Marcella Sump Springer
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:31 PM
“Mr Larson was one of my favorite teachers and a good guy. Dave was a good friend. ”
- Jim Homan
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:31 PM
“Dear Aileen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. I know all of you will miss him deeply and please know that many offer their condolences to you at this time. From teacher to golfer to husband to father to grandfather and more, Harold lived his life. His generation are passing.
So, at this time, I send my most sincere sympathies to all.
Ann Loughlin”
- Ann Loughlin
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:31 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Larson family! Nancy spoke of him with such love!”
- Brian and Betsy Gloe
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:37 PM
“Sorry to hear of Mr. Larson passing he was my freshman algebra teacher and he was quite the character.”
- Jeff Fiedler
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:37 PM
“Great teacher, coach, and lifelong friend. Best wishes to the family!
- Dale Judson
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:42 AM
“My Sympathy to the Larson Family ... I had told Mr. Larson numerous times that he was by far my Favorite teacher at any education level. I use to take my Mom to Church and we always tried to sit by Mr. and Mrs. Larson as they were always so kind to us.... A Wonderful man... so very sorry for your loss.”
- Jean Paterson
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“So Sorry for Your Loss,
Mr.Larson was My Math Teacher. I always enjoyed his Class. He Will Be truly Missed.
- Carrie Lamm (Pierce)
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Mr. Larson was always caring and a wonderful teacher. He frequently asked about my dad who was another Aurelia alumni a year older than him. May God ease your your feelings of loss.”
- Pam Sturgeon
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“To Mike Larson and family. Sorry for your loss my thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family.”
- Kenny Jones
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Harold was a really good man. One of the teachers I respected. And I don't think he ever had to throw me out of class which was very unique for me.”
- Jeff Johnson
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Deepest Sympathy to the Larson Families .”
- Duane Mummert
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher. ”
- Mary Morris
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM
“Rest easy Harold! A lot of memories from 800 West Cedar Street.”
- Steve Conley
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM
“He will be missed great teacher wonderful man”
- Ben Jobe
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry to hear about Harold. He was my Algebra teacher at WHS and definitely one of my favorite teachers. I enjoyed visiting with him whenever I’d run into him around town. Such a nice man. Praying your memories will help comfort you in the days ahead. ”
- Twyla Heschke Schmillen
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM
“Rest Peacefully, Mr. Larson!!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
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