Dr. Roger Larson

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Funeral services for Dr. Roger Larson, 77, of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at First Congregational Church in Spencer. Rev. Thomas Van Tassell will officiate.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2-4 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Private family graveside service will be held Monday morning.

Dr. Larson passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Roger Lee Larson, the son of Lester Waldo and Virgie B. (Lindgren) Larson, was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Greenville, Ia. His childhood years were spent in Greenville, where he received his education, graduating from Greenville/Rossie High School. Following high school, he continued his education at Iowa State University, receiving his Veterinarian degree in 1957. After his schooling, he returned to Greenville, where he began his practice with his father.

Roger married Jane Pickering on Sept. 14, 1952, in Spencer, Ia. He continued practicing in Greenville, until 1970, when they moved to Spencer, where he opened his own practice with other partners and eventually built Clay County Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Larson retired in 1997 after 40 years of practice. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Spencer. Roger was also an active member of his community as a member of the Masonic Lodge, Spencer Area Shrine Club, the Clay County Fair Board as well as the Iowa Veterinary Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting pheasant, duck and deer as well as fishing and golfing. He enjoyed traveling to Africa, France, Italy and throughout the United States. Roger also truly loved attending grandchildren's school events as well as spending time with his wife and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Russell.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jane of Spencer; two sons: Jeff Larson and his fiancÚ, Shirley Mason of Jackson, Minn. and Jerry and Lori Larson of Spencer, Ia.; four grandchildren: Sam Larson and his daughter, Serenity, Kristy and her husband, Bill Borth and their daughter, Jaxon, and Mattie and Emma Larson; one sister, Robin and her husband, Aaron Roy of New Hampshire; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.