Richard Allen Larson was born March 24, 1918 in Hamburg to Meta Hofsaess and Richard Alonzo Larson. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1935. After graduation he worked as a mechanic for Wendell Motors and Rosen Novak in Omaha.
Richard joined the Army on April 23, 1941. He went to specialist school for six months and after Pearl Harbor his division was sent to Los Angeles for guard duty. They helped the FBI place Japanese Americans in camps at Santa Anita racetrack and in the desert at Manzanar. He next served at Hickam Field, Honolulu and in the central Pacific for ten months. He went to OCS and got his commission as a 2nd Lt. and applied for flight school. After flight school in California, he was sent to Marfa Air Base in Texas where he taught flying to cadets. He served four and a half years.
He married Mary Stacy on Oct. 23, 1941 in Hiawatha, Kan. They had three children, Linda, Dick and Robert, who died as an infant. After the war Rich came back to Hamburg to live.
He was preceded in death by his wife, son and all his brothers and sisters.
Rich was very proud of his tomato patch. He had a special way of planting them and always gave lots of instructions to his helpers. He enjoyed having Easter egg hunts and fireworks for the grandchildren.
He loved fishing and hunting. He made several trips to Canada to fish but his love was the Missouri River. He hardly missed a day driving to the landing to check out the river. He lived in his home and mowed his yard and drove his pickup until the end.
Survivors include daughter Linda Hendrickson and husband Ray of Hamburg; three grandsons: Tim Henrickson and fiance’ Soledad, Todd Hendrickson and wife Tammy and Troy Hendrickson and wife Michele; six great-grandchildren: Laura DeBuhr and husband Drew, Marcy Hendrickson, Clay Hendrickson and wife Cris, Taryn Hendrickson, Alec Hendrickson, and Jacy Hendrickson; two great-great grandchildren: Deagan DeBuhr and Noah Hendrickson; other family and friends.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg with Bill Shirley officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hamburg with complete military services conducted by the Hamburg American Legion.
The family will greet friends from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, at the funeral home. There will be open visitation on Thursday from 3-6 p.m.
Memorials may be given to Hamburg Fire/Rescue or Mt. Olive Cemetery Association.
Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.