George B. Larson, age 88, of Alexandria, formerly of Parkers Prairie, died peacefully, on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at his home.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Rev. Kari van Wakeren officiating. Music is provided by Randy Morken and Sara Severson. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409. Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
A visitation is 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
George Bernard was born on March 17, 1932, to George and Bertha (Eifert) Larson, Sr., in the Village of Richville, Otter Tail County. He graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1950 and then served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War in the Philippines. George was united in Marriage to Shirley Strodtman on February 12, 1955, at First Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. George attended Lee’s Barber School in St. Paul in 1955. He worked as a barber at Robins Center Barbershop in Robbinsdale and Sportmen’s Barbershop in Alexandria for a total of 52 years. George was a member of First Lutheran Church for 49 years, Elks and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting at The Farm in Parkers Prairie, gardening, fishing, golfing, winters in Arizona and playing cards, especially Euckre. George enjoyed joking with people. He loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed traveling with Shirley to many parts of the world, particularly their trips to Australia and Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob Larson, Jim Larson, Dick Larson, and Jon Larson; and sister, Carole Simonson.
George is survived by his wife of 66 years, Shirley; daughters, Terry and husband, Don O’Connor of Maple Lake and Stacy and husband, Mitch Stolba of Rogers; five grandchildren, Leesa (Ben) Sherman, Jinae (Todd) Carlson, Ryan (Brandi) O’Connor, Hannah Stolba, and Hunter Stolba; six great-grandchildren, Allison Sherman, Nathan Sherman, Ava Carlson, Tucker Carlson, Nolan O’Connor, and Hayden O’Connor; sisters, Rose Strodtman of Paynesville and Linda Kalpin of Osakis; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Pallbearers are Don O’Connor, Mitch Stolba, Ryan O’Connor, Ben Sherman, Todd Carlson, Hunter Stolba, and Nathan Sherman. Honorary pallbearer is Gary Strodtman.