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Walter Larson March 5, 1927 - June 2, 2009

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STARBUCK -- Walter Glesne Larson, 82, of Starbuck, died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

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The service will at 11 a.m. Monday at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. Burial will be in Chippewa Falls Lutheran Cemetery in Terrace. Military rites will be provided by the Starbuck VFW.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday with a VFW Cootie service at 7:30 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home.

He was born March 5, 1927, in Starbuck to Walter and Cora (Glesne) Larson. He graduated in 1945 from Starbuck High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, and served in Japan where he also played in the division band. Following his discharge, in 1947, he attended St. Olaf College, in the pre-dentistry program and, after two years, was admitted to the University of Minnesota Dental School. He returned to St. Olaf to major in chemistry and biology and minor in physics, social studies and education.

He married Shirley Hanson on Nov. 13, 1948. They lived in Staples and he taught for five years. He earned a masters degree at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and then returned to Staples, teaching for one more year. In 1960, he began teaching at St. Cloud State University. In 1965, they moved to Roseville where he served as executive director of the Minnesota Academy of Science. They returned to St. Cloud in 1967 and he became the director of career planning and placement at St. Cloud State. Other positions he held at the university were faculty association president, faculty senate member, SCSU Foundation Board, president-elect of the Inter Faculty Organization of the seven state colleges and interim vice president for one year. He retired in 1992 and continued living at Lake Linka until 2008 when they moved into Starbuck.

He was a member of Chippewa Lutheran Church in Terrace where he served on the church council. He was a member of the Starbuck VFW, serving as state commander in 2005-2006 and serving as Cooties State Commander. He was also a member of the Starbuck Lions, Terrace Sportsman's Association, Glenwood Masons, Pope County COLA, the Brang Foundation in Starbuck, the Depot Society and the Pope County Men's Choir. He served on the board for Teacher of the Year and was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 62 years, receiving the Silver Beaver Award and also the Lamb award from the Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife; children: Ingrid (and Gary) Engebretson of Eagan, Sheryl (and Tom) Kost of Lindstrom and Heidi (and Peter) Vreeland of St. Cloud and Jonathan (and Cecelia) Larson of Alexandria; and eight grandchildren.

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