Grant Howard Curtis Larson, 94, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Oct. 12 at Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah, Iowa.
Grant Howard Curtis Larson was born Jan. 10, 1925, the son of Ted and Gladys (Jeglum) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed in his Christian faith at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Hayfield. He received his public education in the Kasson area.
Grant had a long and varied work life. He farmed, hauled can milk, and drove truck as a car hauler. He also drove the airport bus and taxi in Rochester, and then, spent many years driving his own semi-truck, hauling grain with his sons, and working for over-the-road freight trucking companies, earning 18 years of Safe Driver awards from Inway. Grant enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone, especially when it involved learning about your history or trucking, remembering everything along the way.
Grant married Alice Thoe in 1948. They shared 20 years of marriage before her death in 1968. They were parents of three children.
In 1970, he married Beverly Braun. At that time, he became stepfather to her children. Grant and Bev wintered in Las Vegas for 11 years, with Grant continuing to truck until he was nearly 80 years old. When they needed help with their daily lives, they moved to Decorah. Bev lived with her daughter, Sherry, and Grant was cared for at a nursing home, where he continued to make friends with the staff and anyone who visited.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Decorah, Iowa; and children, Steven (Darlene) Larson of Hutchinson, Susan (Charlie) Rud of Backus, and Scott Larson of Hutchinson. Also surviving are stepchildren, Barry (Pat) Braun, Ron (Darlene) Braun, Rod (Nancy) Braun, Sandy (Mark) Steck, Sherry Alcock, Sharon (Bill) Wefring, and Peggy (Peter) Ellefsen; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 12 step grandchildren; and several step great-grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy (Jim) Vanlith, Joan Jensen, and Tom (Pat) Larson; several nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.
Grant was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Alice.
There will be a celebration of life gathering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Byron. Interment will be in the church cemetery.