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Ronald Ray Larson

Ronald Ray Larson

Ronald Ray Larson

- November 7, 2019

Ronald Ray Larson, 62, of Rapid City, died November 4, 2019, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

     Ron was born June 14, 1957, in Hot Springs, SD, the first of five children born to Melvin Charles Larson and Jeanette Carol (Raver) Larson.  He grew up in the Black Hills and kindled a love for the outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

     He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1975.  After graduation, he worked for the railroad.  He was very good with a hammer, working various construction jobs.  Life was full of opportunities for Ron.  He was an excellent skier and worked and skied in Colorado with the New Zealand Olympic ski team.  When he lived in Florida, he ran a crew of ironworkers laying out skyscrapers from the ground up.  He loved to brag on how the engineers would turn him loose on a building, confident that he could erect the structure within an 1/8” of plumb.

     When he came back to South Dakota, he hired on with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, grooming trails.  He loved the tranquility of driving through the hills on the groomer.

     He married Marla Edwards on September 28, 1986, the first time, and after some time of adjustment, they remarried September 6, 1994.

     Ron was a very compassionate person who loved people and was always willing to help those who were down and out.  As a recovering alcoholic, he touched many lives helping them deal with the demons he was all too familiar with.

     He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Robert) Young, Rapid City; son, Brandon (Toni) Larson of Gillette, WY; seven grandchildren, RhiAnna Young, Kyla Mitsos, Leighton Young, Landon Mitsos, Lance Mitsos, Logan Larson, and Brittany Larson; his sisters, Lawana (Jeff) Gramm, Mesa, AZ, and Cheryl (Bergie) Bergstrom, Rapid City, SD; brothers, Dan (Jonni) Larson, Sturgis, and Justin (Heather) Worley, Kenosha, WI; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by both parents, and a sister.

     Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Joel Gross officiating.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Cornerstone Rescue Mission and their Transition program.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Phone number: 605-347-4455
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 1612 Junction Avenue, Suite #1
Sturgis, SD 57785