In Memory

Gene Larson

In Loving Memory of
Gene Larson
December 10, 1950 - June 22, 2015

Roger (Gene) Eugene Larson was born on December 10, 1950 in Luverne MN to the late Roger and Gladys (Sedlacek) Larson. He is a life-long resident of Mankato, graduating from Mankato High School in 1969. He furthered his education by obtaining a degree at South Central College as Machinist/Tool and Die. Gene also served his country in the United States Army serving as an engineer and sharp shooter in Korea from December 1969 until being honorably discharged in October 1971.

On June 10, 1972, Gene was united in marriage to Marijo Malmanger. The marriage was blessed with three children; son Eli, daughter Phedra, and son Jared. They made their home on a beautiful hobby farm outside of Mankato. Gene purchased a sharpening business in North Mankato and became the proud owner of Larson Sharpening.

Over the past year, Gene's health had been declining. On June 20, a very successful Caner Benefit was held in Mankato in Gene's honor. A huge turnout of friends and family attended. Many of these friends called Gene brother, and he thought of them as brothers and sisters. Just after noon on Monday, June 22, 2015, Gene passed away at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis at the age of 64.

Gene is a member of the North Mankato American Legion, and a motorcycling brotherhood the "Grumpy Old Men." He is a Lifetime Supporter of the Disabled American Veterans, and a Supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project. Gene had many enjoyments in life which included; motorcycling, traveling, playing pool and cribbage in his game room, target shooting, reading, cross-word puzzles, gardening, and his home place. In his earlier years he enjoyed; hunting, fishing, camping, and canoeing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loved ones; wife, kids, grandkids, family, friends and pets.

Gene is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Marijo Larson of Kasota; one daughter, Phedra Larson of North Mankato; one son, Jared (Nichole) Larson of St. Peter; three grandchildren, RaeLee Larson, Wyatt Betz, and Katelyn Schmahl-Brooks; sisters Ava (Clare) Clark, Carol Volk, and Sheila (Rusty) Zumwaldi; brother in-law Kenneth Malmanger, and sister in-law Debra Malmanger; a niece, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Eli; brother, Joseph Sedlacek; mother and father in-law, Charles (Charley) and Maxine (Williams) Malmanger; brother in-law, Richard (Rick) Volk; niece in-law, Jody Volk. and friend/brother, Richard Bunde.



 
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06/30/15 07:17 AM #2    

John Apitz

I grew up with Gene Larson from early grade school (Washington) through graduation from MHS.  To say the least, he was a iconic figure who made his own pathway regardelss of the challenges thrown at him.

Gene grew up in a "3-bedroom" mobile home" in the Hilltop Court.  His Dad was a truck driver  and not around much.  His Mom managed 3 kids.  They didn't have a lot of what many of us had.

Gene was reserved, seemingly withdrawn, until you took the time to engage with him.  He saw the world in very clear colors and dressed and spoke in ways tht reflected that vision.   He drove a "motorsickle" and, apparently, loved the road as much as his Dad.

Gene attended every class reunion that I can remember.  I only spent moments with him when we gathered but each time reinforced the things that turned a couple of kids into friends for life.  He was independent and looked and sounded so.  His deep, slow voice left you without any doubt over what he thought about certain things and  many people.  He enjoyed being part of the Class of '69.  

See you later, Gene.  Rest well.

 


06/30/15 08:52 AM #3    

Greg Nolan

Well said John. I too hung with Gene in the day. I suspect he slid down the hill near your house a time or two on cardboard. Those were good times.

RIP Gene.

Nolan


06/30/15 09:01 AM #4    

Margo Alexander

Rest in Peace, Gene!!!

 


06/30/15 09:50 AM #5    

Dave Priem

I also grew up with Gene at Washington Elementary and Franklin Junior High. Rest in Peace, my prayers are with his family.


06/30/15 11:56 AM #6    

Mona (Ramona) Anderson

I'm another one who knew Gene from early on.  My memory is pretty bad, but I recall that in either elementary school or junior high, "we" had a "gang," and Gene was part of it.  I always loved his quiet, sly smile.  People live on in our memories and in the way they contributed to who we are.  And, so, he lives on.


07/01/15 09:53 AM #7    

Pete Marso

I met Gene when we worked together at Mueller's. It took a very short time to realize that Gene was the person John described. We had great times working and running around. As time wet on we did not see much of each other but when we did it was like we had just seen each other yesterday. He was a good friend.

If I had a Buckhorn I would toast you Gene, rest well.


07/01/15 04:09 PM #8    

John Vogel

Rest in peace Gene.


07/01/15 08:41 PM #9    

Lynn Nordgren

My first memory of Gene was in first grade at Wahington Elementary.  For some reason, our first grade class was visiting the other first grade class across the hallway.  During that walk through, I innocently "made eyes" (had no idea that I was flirting) at Gene and it created quite a commotion.  Gene made a whoop and climbed under his desk - as a signal he liked the attention of a 6 year old girl he barely knew.  The teacher, of course, got after him but I can still see it clear as day now that we made a silly, young-hearted connection.  It was a sweet and funny moment in time.  From then on, Gene and I were, like many of you, friends throughout the rest of our school days.  Not close but always friendly and warm with one another.  We chatted at our reunions a bit and still "flirted" innocently all these years later.  He was a man of his own making; he followed his path as he wished; said what he thought; did what he wanted.  Not many in life can say that.  Carry on, Gene, wherever your spirit lands.   We were all happy to have known you.  


07/13/15 07:32 PM #10    

Gene Larson

In Loving Memory of 
Gene Larson 
December 10, 1950 - June 22, 2015

Celebration of Life 
Woodland Hills Mankato, MN 
Friday July 17, 2015 5:00 PM 

Military Honors 
American Legion Post-518 
North Mankato, MN 

A Private Family Interment 
Saturday July 18, 2015 11:00 AM 
Minneopa Cemetery, Mankato MN 

Roger (Gene) Eugene Larson was born on December 10, 1950 in Luverne MN to the late Roger and Gladys (Sedlacek) Larson. He is a life-long resident of Mankato, graduating from Mankato High School in 1969. He furthered his education by obtaining a degree at South Central College as Machinist/Tool and Die. Gene also served his country in the United States Army serving as an engineer and sharp shooter in Korea from December 1969 until being honorably discharged in October 1971. 

On June 10, 1972, Gene was united in marriage to Marijo Malmanger. The marriage was blessed with three children; son Eli, daughter Phedra, and son Jared. They made their home on a beautiful hobby farm outside of Mankato. Gene purchased a sharpening business in North Mankato and became the proud owner of Larson Sharpening. 

Over the past year, Gene's health had been declining. On June 20, a very successful Caner Benefit was held in Mankato in Gene's honor. A huge turnout of friends and family attended. Many of these friends called Gene brother, and he thought of them as brothers and sisters. Just after noon on Monday, June 22, 2015, Gene passed away at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis at the age of 64. 

Gene is a member of the North Mankato American Legion, and a motorcycling brotherhood the "Grumpy Old Men." He is a Lifetime Supporter of the Disabled American Veterans, and a Supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project. Gene had many enjoyments in life which included; motorcycling, traveling, playing pool and cribbage in his game room, target shooting, reading, cross-word puzzles, gardening, and his home place. In his earlier years he enjoyed; hunting, fishing, camping, and canoeing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loved ones; wife, kids, grandkids, family, friends and pets. 

Gene is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Marijo Larson of Kasota; one daughter, Phedra Larson of North Mankato; one son, Jared (Nichole) Larson of St. Peter; three grandchildren, RaeLee Larson, Wyatt Betz, and Katelyn Schmahl-Brooks; sisters Ava (Clare) Clark, Carol Volk, and Sheila (Rusty) Zumwaldi; brother in-law Kenneth Malmanger, and sister in-law Debra Malmanger; a niece, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Eli; brother, Joseph Sedlacek; mother and father in-law, Charles (Charley) and Maxine (Williams) Malmanger; brother in-law, Richard (Rick) Volk; niece in-law, Jody Volk. and friend/brother, Richard Bunde. 


07/14/15 04:42 PM #11    

Tom Klaseus

Ride safe on the road "in the sky" Gene. R.I.P. fellow rider.


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