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Grant Larsen

Grant Larsen obituary photoGrant W. Larsen, age 79, of Huron, died Saturday, January 20, 2007, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. His funeral service was Tuesday, January 23 at the Kuhler Funeral Home with Captain Gerry Loos officiating. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the Huron Veterans Council.

Grant W. Larsen was born September 12, 1927, at Aberdeen, South Dakota to Victor and Jessie (Bristor) Larsen. He grew up in Huron and graduated from Huron High School in 1945.

Grant served in the US Coast Guard from June 13, 1945 until May 29, 1946. Upon his discharge from the service, he married Dorothy Melgard of Huron on September 13, 1949 at Minneapolis. They had one son, Leif.

Grant was a locomotive fireman for the Chicago & North Western Railroad and is said to have fired the boiler of the last steam locomotive to leave the Huron rail yard. After leaving the railroad, he worked as a power plant operator for Northwestern Public Service Company. Grant went on to become a hydropower operator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving at the Garrison Dam at Riverdale, North Dakota and the Oahe Dam at Pierre, South Dakota.

He retired in 1988 after twenty years of service with the Corps of Engineers. At that time, Grant and Dorothy moved back to Huron to help care for their aging mothers. Grant was a talented woodworker and stained glass craftsman who employed these skills in his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his father and his beloved wife, Dorothy on December 13, 1995.

He is survived by his mother, Jessie McMains and his son, Leif Larsen, both of Huron, and an uncle, Charles Bristor of Gaithersburg, Maryland.