Lon Larson Obituary

Lon   Larson
Lon Larson
Lon Larson

January 17, 1949 - May 8, 2009
Born in Joice, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Lon N. Larson died on May 8, 2009 from cancer. He was born January 17, 1949 in Joice, IA to Royden and Dorothy (Otto) Larson who preceded him in death. He grew up in Woden, IA, earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Drake in 1972 and went on to receive an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in Health Care (Pharmacy) Administration. He worked in regional health planning and health insurance before beginning his academic career at the University of Arizona. He came to Drake University in 1991, where he went on to be named the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Pharmacy Social and Administration Sciences.

Larson recently received the College of Pharmacy's highest award, the Weaver Medal. He is the only member of Drake's faculty and staff to have twice received the Madelyn M. Levitt Mentor of the Year Award. Larson also has received Alumni Achievement Awards from both Drake and the University of Mississippi. He was a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

He had two passions in life – teaching/mentoring students and baseball. He recently gave a lecture entitled "Choosing Your Attitude" in which he explained that although he had cancer, he considered himself the luckiest man alive. His wit and wisdom and loving kindness will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Lon is survived by his wife, Linda Krypel; sons Christopher Larson, Des Moines, IA, and Brett Larson, Oakland, IA; stepdaughter Kristina (Jason) Galle, Johnson, IA; stepson, Eric Selander, Des Moines, IA; grandson, Jordan Galle; and brother, Ron Larson, Mason City, IA.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2009, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2900 49th St., Des Moines. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Lon Larson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Drake University, or to his church.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, May 10, 2009
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 - 49th
Des Moines, IA 50310
Monday, May 11, 2009
4:00 PM


Lon Larson Scholarship Fund c/o Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 49th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50310