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., where he 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 who are in need.

Survivors include 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 and Marie Betsinger of Rockland, Wis.; a brother, Leland (Marcy) of Green Valley, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.

Visitation will be 4 -7 p.m. on April 9 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.

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