Thomas Larson

Thomas sits with his elbow propped on his knee. We wears a maroon polo saying "Celebrating Rake, IA, 100 years" and blue jeans.

Thomas Lew Larson, age 72, died Friday, August 28, 2020 at his home in Leland. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. Inurnment was held immediately following the service at West Cemetery in Rake. The memorial service was live streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services’ Facebook page.

Thomas was born Sept. 19, 1947 in Rake, the son of Thorald and Joyce (Johnson) Larson. He grew up in Rake, graduating from Rake High School in 1965. In 1965, he was drafted into the Army, served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969.

Following the Army he worked a few years for Winnebago Manufacturing, a body shop in Blue Earth, MN, and was a custodian at the Rake school until they closed.

On April 28, 1972, he was united in marriage to Margaret (Meyer) Langford. They were blessed with two daughters, Lori and Suzanne. They were later divorced.

Tom had a variety of beloved hobbies. He was a car enthusiast, specifically Dodge automobiles, and was currently restoring a ‘68 Dodge Barracuda. He would relax by watching a good movie; westerns and action films being particular favorites; or playing a game of pool with friends. Tom spent time enjoying the outdoors as well, either hunting or target practice shooting.

For his family he was the best example of a wonderful father and grandfather. He emphasized to them how proud he was of his Norwegian heritage by continuing to speak the native language and cooking excellent Norwegian food. Tom also cherished his beloved dogs; Skeeter, Sunny, and Hercules.

He is survived by his daughters: Lori (Bryan) Kastning of Fairmont, MN, and Suzanne (Eric) Smith of Fairmont, MN; two grandsons: Alex Kastning (14) and Jacob Kastning (12); his siblings: Kitty Landess of Euless, TX, Reggie (Marge) Larson of Lake Crystal, MN, and Tim (Ann) Larson of Minneapolis, MN; sister-in-law, Arlene Larson of Mankato, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Duane (Marge) Larson, Larry Larson, and Nancee (Irwin) Andresen; sister-in-law, Barbara Larson; brother-in-law, Richard Landess; niece, Beth Andresen; and nephew, Peter Larson.

Oakcrest Funeral Services in Buffalo Center is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit




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