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Rev. Ernest Larson 1924-2010

Jan 19, 2010

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Rev. Ernest W. “Ernie” Larson, retired United Methodist minister, 86, of the Meth-Wick Community, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at St. Lukes Hospital from a worn-out heart.

Memorial service was Monday, Jan. 18, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Rev. Bob Voels and Rev. Lloyd Brockmeyer officiated.

Inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three sons, Philip (Rachelle) of Iowa City, Mark (Donna) of Houston, TX, and Peter (Charlise) of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Laura (Dean Jr.) Gesme of Minnetonka, MN; Jennifer (Ted) Olson of Hiawatha; and one sister, Betty Leners of Emmetsburg. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Greta (Colin) Wicker, Kerstin (Donnie) Balfour, Erika Gesme, Travis Olson, Jacob Larson, Devon Hill-Larson and four great-grandchildren.

Rev. Larson was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Ernie was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Stanhope, the son of Charles and Elfleda Clark Larson. He married Ruth H. Saupe on June 12, 1949.

Ernie was a United Methodist Minister for 40 years retiring in 1986. He served churches in Somers, Callendar, Lake Park, Holstein, Trinity United Methodist in Cedar Rapids, Carroll and Nevada.

Ernie enjoyed family camping, as well as being a very talented artist in water colors, pen and ink, pastels and displayed his work with Creative Artists.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Matthew 25. Please leave a message or tribute to the Larson family on the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.