Richard Larsen Obituary

Richard  Larsen
Richard "Dick" Larsen
Richard Larsen

September 20, 2005
Born in Newell, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Richard “Dick” Larsen passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 after a long battle with cancer at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, September 24, 2005 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church with burial at 3 pm in Reinbeck, Iowa.

Dick was born in Newell, Iowa in 1933 and graduated in 1950 from Newell High School. He was a graduate of Buena Vista College and later went on to teach and coach at Reinbeck High School where he met his wife, Janet. They were married on June 14, 1958. Dick later moved to Des Moines, where he started Sports-A-Foot, a small chain of athletic shoe stores, from which he retired in 1993.

Dick loved baseball and coached at Beaverdale Little League for many years. In the 70’s he coached the senior league Indians. He later went on to coach his grandson, Shawn’s team and retired from coaching in 2003. Dick was a member of the NW Rotary Club and Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Janet; three sons, Randy (Chris) Larsen of Des Moines, Dana (Holly) Larsen of Oakdale, CA, and Scott (Carla) Larsen of Johnston; three grandsons, Shawn, Ryan and Willem; three granddaughters, Shalane, Kelsi, and Savannah; brother, Royce (Marcyne) Larsen of Newell; sisters-in-laws, Mary (Merle) Lynch and Doris (David) Hite both of Reinbeck. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann Larsen; his parents, Ernest and Irene Larsen; and a brother, Dean Larsen.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 23 from 6 to 8 pm at Westover Funeral Home. A special thanks for all the care given Dick at Mercy Hospice in Johnston and to all his friends that visited him during his final weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnson or Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Des Moines.




Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, September 23, 2005
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
5625 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, September 24, 2005
10:00 AM


Mercy Hospice Johnston
5820 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
5625 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310