Thomas L. Larson, 72
Leland/Rake, Iowa Thomas Lew Larson was born Sept. 19, 1947, in Rake, son of Thorald and Joyce (Johnson) Larson. He grew up in Rake graduating from Rake High School in 1965. In 1965, he was drafted into the Army, served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969.
Following the Army he worked a few years for Winnebago Manufacturing, a body shop in Blue Earth, and was a custodian at the Rake school until they closed.
On April 28, 1972, he was united in marriage to Margaret (Meyer) Langford. They were blessed with two daughters, Lori and Suzanne. They were later divorced.
Tom had a variety of beloved hobbies. He was a car enthusiast, specifically Dodge automobiles, and was currently restoring a 1968 Dodge Barracuda. He would relax by watching a good movie; westerns and action films being particular favorites; or playing a game pool with friends. Tom spent time enjoying the outdoors as well, either hunting or target practice shooting.
For his family he was the best example of a wonderful father and grandfather. He emphasized to them how proud he was of his Norwegian heritage by continuing to speak the native language and cooking excellent Norwegian food. Tom also cherished his beloved dogs; Skeeter, Sunny, and Hercules.
Tom died Aug. 28, 2020 at his home in Leland. He was 72.
Tom is survived by his daughters, Lori (Bryan) Kastning, of Fairmont, and Suzanne (Eric) Smith, of Fairmont; two grandsons, Alex Kastning (14) and Jacob Kastning (12). He is also survived by his siblings; Kitty Landess, of Euless, Texas, Reggie (Marge) Larson, of Lake Crystal, Tim (Ann) Larson, of Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Arlene Larson, of Mankato; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; siblings, Duane (Marge) Larson, Larry Larson, Nancee (Irwin) Andersen; sister-in-law, Barbara Larson; brother-in-law, Richard Landess; niece, Beth Andresen; and nephew, Peter Larson. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com