Verlund Herman "Shorty" Larson, 92, Kenmare, formerly of Donnybrook, died on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in a Kenmare hospital.
Verlund was born on Oct. 12, 1921, near Aurelia, to Herman and Edna (Schultz) Larson. He was reared on the family farm near Aurelia and graduated from Donnybrook High School in 1941.
Verlund was drafted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 2, 1942, and was stationed in the Philippine Islands, Leyte and Okinawa. While in the U.S. Army, he served as a squad leader in charge of 60 Millimeter Motor Squad. He achieved the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged on Jan. 16, 1946. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Upon his discharge, he returned to North Dakota and pursued his career in farming on the family farm in Carbondale Township near Aurelia. Verlund married Marjorie Holte on Aug. 1, 1949. Following their marriage, they continued to make their home near Aurelia where they raised small grains and cattle. He retired from farming in 1982 and in 2009, they moved to Kenmare.
Verlund was a member of Donnybrook United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Clarence McCormack American Legion Post 195 in Donnybrook for 53 years and also served on the Carbondale Township Board.
Verlund's loving family includes: wife of 64 years, Marjorie, Kenmare; daughter, Jill (Craig) Neuenfeld, Kenmare; sons, Kent Larson, Donnybrook, Cory Larson, Williston, Kevin (Jeanne) Larson, Harwood; grandchildren, Matthew and Kari Neuenfeld, Claire Engh, Kyla and Jordan Larson and Justin and Randy Mattern; sisters, Alverda Larson, Ardella Johnson, Darlene (Earl) Stephan; brothers, Dale (Betty) Larson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Verlund was preceded in death by: his parents and a brother, Dallas Larson.
Celebration of the Life of Verlund Larson: Monday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Sunday, Dec. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Donnybrook Methodist Church or Donnybrook American Legion.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).