August 22, 2009
James Herbert Larson
James “Jim” Herbert Larson, age 71, of Amboy, died Saturday, August 22, 2009 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Vernon Center, with Father Brian Sutton officiating. Burial will be in St. Matthews Catholic Cemetery, Vernon Center. Visitation will be at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago from 5:00-8:00 PM, with a Prayer Service starting at 4:30. Visitation will continue one hour prior to mass at the church on Wednesday. Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com.
Jim was born on May 8, 1938 at Winnebago, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Wylma (Marienau) Larson. He attended Amboy Public Schools until 9th grade. Jim then completed his last 3 years of High School at the Southern School of Agriculture in Waseca and graduated in 1956. Jim married his wife of 50 years, Donnis (Lawson) at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Vernon Center on August 7, 1959. After High School Jim farmed for 3 years in rural Amboy, then worked for Hubbard Mill Research Farm by Mankato. He became a Deputy Sheriff of the Blue Earth County Sheriffs Department where he worked for 31 years before retiring as Chief Deputy in July 1993. Jim then worked as a Bailiff for Blue Earth County for 4 years. Jim also farmed in rural Amboy for 20 years, retiring in 2008.
Jim was in the Army National Guard for 6 years and was a long time member of St. Matthews Catholic Church. He was a member of the Police and Peace Officers Association, the Minnesota State Sheriffs Association and was a member of the Riverside Country Club. Jim enjoyed spending time at their cabin on Clear Lake near Aitkin and wintering in Yuma AZ. Jim also enjoyed traveling, golfing, spending time with family, grandchildren, and friends.
Jim is survived by his wife Donnis of Amboy, daughter Shelli (Neal) Grover of Amboy, son Kirk (Debbie) Larson of Republic, MO, daughter Jodi Larson of Eagan, 8 grandchildren, one sister Ellen (Roger) Tipler of Amboy, brother-in-law Roger Lawson of Brownton and sister-in-law Bev Larson of Devils Lake, ND.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother John Larson.