Robert E. “Bob” Larson – Edgewood

Robert Edward “Bob” Larson, 86, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at his residence.  He was born on September 3, 1931, in Clermont, the son of Leonard and Mildred (Burt) Larson. He was a 1951 graduate of West Union High School. Bob served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.

On June 8, 1955, Bob was united in marriage to Ardith Homewood in West Union. Four children were born to this union. The couple farmed near Edgewood until 1973 and then he worked in his passion as a tractor mechanic for Gremmel’s. Bob then owned and operated Larson’s Repair in Strawberry Point and owned Larson’s Department Store in Edgewood. Ardith passed away in 1994.

On November 26, 1994, Bob was united in marriage to Gayle Kell. They resided in Abilene, Texas. Bob enjoyed mowing lawns and fixing lawnmowers.  They moved to Edgewood in 2018.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Larson; his four children, Connie (Dale) Conrad of Delhi, Bruce (Debra) Larson of Marion, Vicky Rodas of Lamont, and Sherilyn (Tim) Cook of Manchester; two stepdaughters, Brenda Mills of Abilene, Texas, and Penny (Rodney) Schumann of Novice, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Leonard (Rosalie) Larson, Jr. of West Union, Marilyn (Verly) Pollow of Waterloo, Louis (Jeannine) Larson of Montana, and Wayne (Janice) Larson of Fayette; a  sister-in-law, Betty Larson of Oelwein; and extended family, Kim Gudenkauf and Cheryl Handel.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Ardith; his parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie (Jerry) Brehme; and one brother, Jim Larson.

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Funeral Services:  10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Edgewood, with Rev. Mary Green officiating.

Visitation:  4:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment with Military Rites and Masonic Rites:  Edgewood Cemetery – Edgewood, Iowa