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“My thoughts and prayers are with you . ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Anne Koosman - Tea, SD

“Maxine and family - We are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathies. ~ Galen, Nancy, Sophia & Adrienne Lewis ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Galen & Nancy Lewis - Winner, SD

“Maxine, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed visiting with Marlan when we saw him. Take care of yourself and know...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Dave and Nelda Wagner

“Years ago I worked some with Marlin through FCIC. I always enjoyed working with him and visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Maynard Westphal - Huron, SD

“Wayne I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Do know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my Dad about 3 years ago and miss him dearly, but...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jeanne DeBelts

“Maxine my Love and prayers are with you at this diffcult time. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Alice Miner - Gregory, SD

“Dear Larsen family, How very fortunate we were to live so close to you when I was growing up. You were like family to me. I will be forever indebted...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“Please know we are thinking of you and the family and praying that God's peace is with each of you during this sad time. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Lexi Heath - Onida, SD

“I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jolene Ring - Spearfish, SD

“Maxine and family. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Andrea, Dan & Elise Nelson ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Andrea Nelson - Rapid City, SD

“My condolences and sympathy as well. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Mike Covert - Tea, SD

Marlan Larsen, 81 of Colome, SD passed away Monday, April 19, 2010 after falling at his home. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning, April 24, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Colome School gymnasium with Pastor Ron Snethen officiating. Open visitation was at Kotrba Funeral Home in Gregory Friday with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m.

Music was provided by Geoff Smith, vocalist, singing "In the Garden" and "Going Home" accompanied by Cindy Sealey, pianist. Congregational songs were "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."

Amanda Bahrij, Hannah Larsen, and Amy Brown were in charge of registration. Ushers were Don Ring and Richard Bertram.

Casket bearers were Larry Cahoy, Larry Peterson, Ray Jorgensen, Glenn Sealey, Larry Bertram, Chuck Schwartz, Dale Thompson, Gary Stickland.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ray Bigelow, Don Ring, Richard Bertram, Francis Cahoy, Carrol Mitchell, and Marilou Luth.

Interment was in the Colome Cemetery, Colome, SD.

Marlan Keith Larsen was born ten miles south of Winner, SD on October 10, 1928 to Jens and Martha (Koeppe) Larsen. He attended country school west of Colome and Colome High School. Marlan graduated from Colome High School in 1946. He farmed with his father in the Colome area.

Marlan and Maxine Bertram were married on June 29, 1949 in Colome. Three sons were born to the couple. The family lived and grew on farms southeast of Colome. Marlan worked part time for Frescoln and Randall Elevator, Bjornsen Oil and Poler Welding in addition to his farming activities. He also worked part time with the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). Marlan retired from farming in 1990 and became more active in working with the FCIC, Blakely Agency, RCIS/Wells Fargo and the new Farm Services Administration (FSA). He continued part time work with FSA until his death. A special joy in his life was planting trees and grooming the lawn around the home.

In addition to raising his family and teaching three sons the valuable lessons of farm management, Marlan was an avid hunter and fisherman. He bagged at least one deer a year from 1950 until 2009 and had many "big bucks" in his sights. Deer hunting expeditions took him to the Black Hills, Wyoming, Bennett County, Harding County and all areas of south central South Dakota. In his early hunting days he was also well known for shooting rabbits, fox, coyotes, geese and turkeys. While the sons were growing up Marlan spent many rewarding days taking the boys bass fishing on area stock ponds. After getting his first taste of walleye, however, Marlan's fishing emphasis changed and he made the trek to the Missouri River several times each month to catch walleye.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Maxine: sons David and his wife Christi of Alcester, SD; Wayne and his wife Margaret of Tea, SD, and Dale and his wife Kathryn of Denver, CO; six grandchildren: Brian Larsen of Sioux Falls; Amy Brown and her husband Samuel of San Antonio, TX; Amanda Bahrij and her huaband Christopher of Wichita, KS; Matthew Larsen and his wife Jessica of Tea, SD; Elizabeth Larsen of Imperial Beach, CA and Hannah Larsen of Denver, CO; two great grandchildren: Harley Hall and David Hall of Imperial Beach, CA. and nieces and nephews, Francis (Theresa) Cahoy, Carrol (Allen) Mitchell, Marilou (Russell) Luth, Larry (Carlene) Cahoy and cousins Geraldine (Richard) Martinsen, Norma Davis, LaVerna (James) Meteicka, the Bertram family and many other friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Wayne; a sister Harriette Cahoy, and a granddaughter Sarah Larsen.