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In Memory of LeRoy Larson


One hour prior

Funeral Services

11 AM Saturday December 16, 2017 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street, Baldwin, Wisconsin

Leroy ‘Duke’ Larson age 85 of Woodville died December 10 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Duke was born December 16, 1931, in Veblen, South Dakota; the son of James and Evelyn (Jennen) Larson. He was raised in South Dakota attending school in Britton. In 1949, he enlisted in the Armed Forces and proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean war. Duke worked in construction. He was a member of the Union #563 in Minneapolis.
He would meet the love of his life, Betty Lee. This relationship grew over many years. Duke loved to raise pigeons in the Twin Cities and Menomonie. He was also a member of the American Pigeon Racing Association. He truly love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping. 

Duke is preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul Larson, brother-in-law Ernest Mondry.

Duke will be fondly remembered by his love Betty; Duke’s siblings Loretta Mondry, James Larson, Alton Larson, Wanda (Bill) Heurung, Pernell Larson, Monica (Henry Jr) Laska;  as well as Betty’s family: Kenneth ‘Kip’ (Brenda) Lee, Kristine (Dennis) Hillstead, Kathy (Buddy) Gunderson, Robin (David) Bazille, Ricky (Donna) Lee, as well as many, many step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for Duke Larson will be 11 AM Saturday December 16, 2017 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street, Baldwin, Wisconsin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at O’Connells. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Evangelical Church Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date. Funeral and cremation service entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.

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    • I will have many fun days with Duke and Betty to think about at PVH. So glad I could be there to meet him, and say goodby at the end….

    • Some of my best memories of Duke were when we would meet with him and Betty Lee at Denny’s in Menomonie or the Hearty Platter in Wilson. We shared a love of pancakes. We also shared a bond of being the support for talented spouses.
      He was a man of quiet wisdom.