TRAVERSE CITY — Glenn Frederick Larson, 88, passed away April 9 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Glenn was born Oct. 10, 1925, the sixth son of Louis and Dorothea Larson in Barronette, Wis.
He attended Spooner High School and worked in his father’s logging camp until the time he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. Always patriotic, he served with pride on three ships, the LST converted repair ship, Beleraphon, The APA Niagra, destined for atomic bomb testing at Bikini and the mine sweep, Minah.
In 1947 he married the former Marian Conant, who survives. Also surviving are his children, G. Christian (Kelli) Larson, of Hawaii, Robin (John) Murray, of Quorn, Leicester, England, and Melissa Larson, of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren, Tiffany (Russell) Hodgson, of New Zealand, Jennifer (Dan) Ham, of Honolulu, Hannah Murray, of Oklahoma, Sarah Larson, of Oregon, and Lt. Henry Murray, of Fort Lewis, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Alaska Hodgson and Max Ham; and one brother, Lester (Bette) Larson, of Barron, Wis.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Roy (Linda), George, (Lillian), Donald (Laverne) and Joseph (Leila); and one sister, Myrtle Larson.
In 1948 he moved back to the Grand Traverse area, where he raised his family on Long Lake.
He worked for over 30 years at Cone Drive, first in the shop then in management. He left there to go into business for himself, Viking International, doing sales and service work with world-wide contacts.
He was a member of the Homestead Community Church and had been a faithful member of three Baptist churches in his lifetime, serving in a number of offices and committees and was always available for service projects.
His interests included pheasant, duck, deer, moose and caribou hunting, trap shooting, ice fishing and working in the woods.
He was a perfectionist who had a preference for projects that offered a challenge and a sense of accomplishment. In 1994 he spent a month building a Tiger Course for the Seventh Day Adventist Kahili Mountain School in Kauai.