Farewell Deacon

T-Shirt Day for 1-year memorial of Deacon Larsen

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Deacon Bob Larsen, a long time coach and religion teacher at Garrigan, died suddenly on Friday September 24, 2010.
Rest in peace, Deacon.  You will be missed. 


The Reverend Robert Alan Larsen was born October 17, 1943, in Clinton, IA, the son of Melvin and Bernadine (McMahon) Larsen. He grew up and attended school in DeWitt graduating from DeWitt Central High School in 1962. After his schooling he went on to attend St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa
On August 21, 1965, Bob was united in marriage to Lorri Moffatt at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Davenport, IA. After their marriage they lived in Davenport while Bob was finishing college. He graduated from St. Ambrose University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1968.

Bob began his 42 year teaching and coaching career at Mater Dei High School in Breese, IL, then to Williamsburg for seven years before going to Mater Dei High School in Clinton. He then moved on to Davenport Assumption, Carroll Kuemper, Iowa City Regina, Cornell College for a year before settling at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona the past 12 years. He loved to be around the kids, not only on the playing fields, but in the classroom.

Reverend Mr. Robert Larsen was ordained into the Permanent Diaconate on June 2, 1984, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe. The same time he was studying for the Diaconate he also achieved his Masters Degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Iowa. His diaconate life and the church, were as big a part of who he was, as the teaching and coaching.

Bob loved spending time with his grandchildren, football, fishing, working on his new home in Arnolds Park, spending time on the boat, doing yard work and listening to music. He was a member of St. Cecelia Parish and the Algona Knights of Columbus Council #952 and the Fourth Degree Monsignor P.P. Gearen Assembly #2610.

Bob died Friday, September 24, 2010, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona, Iowa. He was 66.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Lorri Larsen of Arnolds Park; children, Shari and husband Mark Kuehl of Lena, IL; Shawn Larsen of Minneapolis, MN; Sarah and husband John Gorman of New Hampton; Scott Larsen and wife Ellie of Algona; seven grandchildren, KayLee, Ian, Elizabeth, Lily, Luke Tristin and Devin. He is also survived by brothers and sisters, Harold Larsen of Oceanside, CA, Mel Jr. and Liz Larsen of Birmingham, MI; Margaret and Tom Grace of Wheaton, IL; Jeannie and Tom Dean of DeWitt and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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