Curtis Larson, age 89, of Cambridge passed away November 30, 2008 at GracePointe Crossing West – Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 5th at Oxlip Evangelical Free Church. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 4th at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Nichols Cemetery. Memorials requested to Gideons International.
Curis Hiram Larson was born at home near West Point in Bradford Township June 5, 1919 to Edna and Albert G. Larson. When the United States entered WWII he enlisted. He spent his first couple of years in training himself and training others for the war effort. He married Letty Lorraine Siegfried (the girl next door) August 12, 1943.
Shortly after D-Day he was shipped out and landed on Utah Beach at D+60 (60 days after D-Day). He was part of Patton’s 3rd Army Ghost Troopers, received a battlefield commission to become a 1st Lieutenant, and helped liberate the Ebensee Concentration Camp in Austria. He returned home to the farm near Cambridge where he and Letty would raise their family of five and live for 50 years. Their son, Jerome, died in a tractor accident in 1964. At that time Curt placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and began what his daughter, Carol, called a transformation from being merely a good man into a good and godly man.
Curt served his Lord in various ways. At Oxlip Evangelical Free Church, Isanti, he was a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and church chairman. He was a long time member of Gideons International. He and Letty opened their home in hospitality to one and all.
In 1995 Curt and Letty moved to Isle, Minnesota. They spent almost five years there before Letty, his dear companion of 56 years, died in January 2000. Curt continued to live in Isle three more years before moving in with his daughter Carol and her husband, Jeff Kelley, in Ely. Then in June 2007 he moved back to Cambridge to live in Mill Ridge Commons. In mid-November of this year, he began to have a series of strokes that ended with his death on November 30, 2008.
Everywhere Curt went he made new friends while keeping in touch with the many old ones in the Cambridge area and beyond. Curt was friendly, generous, loving and full of good humor, and we will sorely miss him.
Curtis Hiram Larson passed away November 30, 2008 at GracePointe Crossing West at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 25 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ferne (Lundberg), brother Quinn, wife Letty, son Jerome and an infant daughter.
Curtis is survived by daughter Barbara and husband David Thornberg, daughter Carol and husband Jeff Kelley, son Albert and wife Colleen, daughter Trudy Fickle, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and countless other relatives and friends.