Rudolph L. Larson

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP – Rudolph L. Larson, 92, a former resident of Portage Township, passed away Monday evening March 25, 2013, at Cypress Manor Nursing Home in Hancock where he had been a resident patient for the past four years.

He was born December 9, 1920, in Onnela, a son of the late Andrew and Lillian (Lampinen) Larson. He attended the Onnela School.

Rudy worked for various lumber camps where he operated a bulldozer to open roads. He had also done private bulldozing work for himself.

In 1952, he purchased the family potato farm which he operated until 1982 when he retired and sold the farm to his son.

On June 23, 1945, he was united in marriage to the former Bertha Aho and the couple spent 64 years together and raised seven children. They had resided in Liminga, Onnela, Chassell and, since 1983, made their home in Portage Township. On August 9, 2009, Bertha preceded Rudy in death.

Mr. Larson was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton.

Rudy was active with the local Farm Bureau. He was an avid cross country skier in the winter being able to ski across the UP one winter with his good friend. In the summer, he enjoyed riding his bike, pedaling to the Hill Top for a cup of coffee on many occasions.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Bertha; his grandson, Darin Larson; his great grandson, Trevor Tervo; his sisters, Clara Waara and Ellen Moyryla.

Surviving are his children, Donald (Donna) Larson of Houghton, David (Jean) Larson of Milford, Arthur (Mary) Larson of Portage Township, Christine (James) Tervo of Chassell, Lois (Robert) Knuuttila of Houghton, Michael (Diane) Larson of Chassell and Kenneth (Cheryl) Larson of Chassell; 46 grandchildren and 94 great-grandchildren; his brother, Raymond (Sylvia) Larson of Houghton; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Rudy will be held at 10 a.m. Friday March 29, in the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton with James Randell to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Liminga Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday March 28, in the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton and from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church on Friday.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is in charge of arrangements.