A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24 at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Iowa City with Rev. David Aanonson officiating.
The family will greet friends at the church from 6-7 p.m.
Kenneth Edward Larsen was born March 1, 1919, on the family farm in Clay County to Carl Christian and Martha M.E. (Stephenson) Larsen. He was baptized in infancy and later confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Ken attended school through eighth grade in a one-room rural school and graduated from Spencer High School in 1936. Ken then farmed with his father and brother until August of 1941 when he enlisted in the United States Navy.
After joining the Navy, Kenneth attended boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and qualified for training in radio and electronics. He spent 18 months at naval training stations in Indianapolis, Ind., Oklahoma A&M, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Columbia University in New York City. Ken's active duty was on the East Coast Anti-Submarine Patrol/Lighter than Air (aka blimps). He was stationed in Brunswick, Ga., Key West, Fla., and Lakehurst, N.J., where he supervised maintenance of radio, RADAR, and Magnetic Airborne Detection (MAD) equipment and was an anti-sub flight simulator trainer. He was honorably discharged as an aviation radio technician first class in December, 1945, having served four years, three months, and 12 days.
Kenneth attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa graduating in 1949 with a BA in sociology and a minor in business administration and in 1951 with a master's in industrial sociology. While a graduate student, Ken held a teaching assistantship and later was a research associate at the Bureau of Labor and Management at the UI. On Dec. 26, 1948, Kenneth married Rosemary Bang at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Their children are Martha, Eric, and Bonnie.
Kenneth was an associate professor of management at San Diego State University for several years and then returned to the University of Iowa for further graduate work which led to his employment as a placement counselor with the Department of Rehabilitation and Services Branch for the state of Iowa where he worked for many years, retiring in 1981.
He was a charter member of the Old Capitol Barbershop Chorus, and while in the Navy he was a member of the Navy choir. Ken was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honorary and a proud life member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Martha Smith; brother, Oliver Larsen; and sister, Marjorie Thompson.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary; son, Eric Larsen and wife, Connee of Indianola; daughter, Bonnie Larsen-Dooley of Iowa City; son-in-law, Kelly Smith of Houston, Texas; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
On-line condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church building fund or Iowa City Hospice.