Russell Terrance Larson, 74, Minot, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Russell was born March 23, 1939, in Minot, the son of Walter and Marguerite (Schellenbaum) Larson. He was raised south of Minot and went to county schools. He graduated from Minot High School in 1957. He attended Sunday school and was confirmed at Saron Lutheran Church, rural Minot.
Russell was united in marriage to Claire Freda on Aug. 31, 1958, at Saron Lutheran Church. They made their home in Minot. Russell was employed at Self Service Furniture and Voellers Furniture Stores before becoming the manager of Tollefson's Furniture and Carpet, where he was honored for 25 years of faithful service.
Russ was active in the Minot Eagles Aerie and held a number of offices with the group including Aerie president. He received their 50-year membership pin and was honored with the Mr. & Mrs. Eagle Award with his wife, Claire. He was a member and past president of the Minot Lions Club. He was a former member of the Minot Moose Lodge and Minot Elks Club #1089. Russell was a 50-year member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where he had served on the church council and as past president of the congregation. After retirement, Russ became a faithful volunteer for Trinity Hospital, where he logged thousands of volunteer hours. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their Rice Lake cabin.
His loving family includes: wife of 55 years, Claire; children, Rev. Craig (Suzanne) Larson, Tucson, Ariz., Bruce (Rhonda) Larson, rural Minot, Lynn (Marvin) Meine, Minot, and Chanda Larson, Fargo; grandchildren, Andria and Monica Larson, Matthew and Brooke Meine; sisters, Luella Conine, Newman, Ga., Olive Hill, Minot, Phyllis Bertsch, Williston, Barbara Jenson, Minot; brothers, Donald Larson, Minot, Arnold Larson, Woodland, Calif., and David Larson, rural Minot; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Russell was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, James Conine, Duane Hill and Joe Bertsch; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Larson.
Funeral service: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 2 p.m., in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Saron Lutheran Cemetery, rural Minot, in the spring.
Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 19, from noon to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).