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Richard B. Larson

May 26, 1956 — November 1, 2023

formerly of Wyoming

We pause to remember and reflect on the life of Richard Bruce Larson, a beloved husband, father, grandpa, and friend. Richard passed away peacefully on November 1, 2023, after bravely facing a battle with lung cancer. He was 67 years old.

Richard was born on May 26, 1956, in the vibrant city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, to his loving parents, Eldon and Patricia Larson. He grew up in Forest Lake where he attended Forest Lake High School.  It was during his high school years that Richard met the love of his life, Holly Brett. Their connection was immediate, and after two years of courtship, they were united in marriage in 1975.

As a skilled carpenter in the construction industry, Richard's passion for building was evident in every project he undertook. His dedication and craftsmanship formed the foundations of countless homes and brought joy to those who benefited from his talent. Beyond his professional life, Richard had a zest for adventure. He cherished his time in nature, fishing and hunting, and will forever be remembered for his record-breaking moose catch in 2001, proudly displayed at a music studio in North Branch.

Richard's diverse passions didn't end there. A lifelong lover of music, he discovered his musical prowess at a young age, playing the piano and mastering a range of instruments by ear. His ability to create beautiful melodies will forever resonate in the hearts of those who had the privilege of hearing him play. Richard had an infectious sense of humor and was known for his mischievous pranks, always ready to make people laugh and brighten their day.

In his community, Richard was a pillar of support, ever-willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He passionately despised pickles, ensuring a good laugh whenever they found their way onto his plate. Richard was also a lover of social gatherings and delighted in hosting lively beer tasting parties that created unforgettable memories for all in attendance.

Family was of utmost importance to Richard. He delighted in organizing epic Easter egg hunts for his children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, creating cherished moments filled with joy and laughter. His hunting buddies held a special place in his heart, and Fourth of July parades became a not-to-be-missed tradition year after year.

Richard Bruce Larson's warm smile, quick wit, and ability to tell a joke will forever be missed. As we come together to pay tribute to his remarkable life, we find solace in the treasured memories he leaves behind. Richard is survived by his devoted spouse, Holly Larson, their loving daughters, Kathryn (Brian) Merrifield, Christa Olson; grandchildren, Angel Olson, Dylan Merrifield, Daniel Olson, Austin Merrifield.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Jeff Olson; granddaughter, Autumn Olson; many friends.

Richard's legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew, loved, and were touched by him. May his spirit guide us to appreciate life's joys, find humor in the smallest moments, and lend a hand to those in need, just as he did throughout his remarkable journey. As Richard would always proclaim when leaving the room “love, love, love.”

“Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” - Rossiter W. Raymond

The family will be greeting friends from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at the American Legion Post 225, 355 West Broadway Avenue, Forest Lake, Minnesota.



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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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