Richard G. Larson, 72, longtime owner of Larson Well Drilling in Mabel, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at his home, surrounded by family.

He was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota to George and Beulah (Soiney) Larson. He attended the Riceford and Mabel schools.

From 1957 to 1961 he served in the United States Navy.

After his discharge he moved to Rockford, Ill., went to barber school and worked at the Estwing Company. It was in Rockford where he started working for a well driller and a short time later started his own drilling business.

He married Pat Ostern. They later divorced.

He moved back to the Mabel area and has operated Larson Well Drilling since.

On Feb. 2, 1973, he married Marcia McCabe.

He was a member of the Scheie Lutheran Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed horses, cattle, playing cards, playing jokes on others, and helping others in need.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia of Mabel; a daughter, Renee (Roger) Lanswerk of Mabel; a son, Russell (Karen) Larson of Mabel; four grandchildren, Amanda Newgaard, Hayley Larson, and Jordan and Tyler Larson; a great-grandson, Keaton Lee; three sisters, Norma Spitzmiller and Helen (Jake) Beaman, both of Rockford, Ill., and Marie Betsinger of Rockland, Wis.; a brother, Leland (Marcy) of Green Valley, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Rick; his parents; a sister, Bernice Garness; and two brothers, Harold and Leslie.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday at the Scheie Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements.