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Wayne Arling Larson

Wayne Arling Larson was born July 5, 1945 in Freeborn County to Arling and Madeline (Peterson) Larson. He grew up and attended school in the Emmons area. After graduating from Emmons, he went to technical school in Austin where he studied mechanics. In March of 1966, Wayne was inducted into the Army. He served in North Carolina as a mechanic. After his military service, Wayne worked as a mechanic and welder. Wayne was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and was a member of Silver Lake Lutheran and later, Emmons Lutheran. He was also a member of the Classic Cruisers Car Club. He enjoyed collecting antique toys, antique tricycles and old cars. His favorite past times included watching NASCAR, wrestling and MASH.

Wayne passed away December 5, 2020 having lived to reach the age of 75 years. He is survived by his wife, Amy; daughter, Rachal Gaines, grandchildren, Kari Coughlin (Chris Forsberg), Kody (Amber) Frisbie  and great-grandson, Travis Frisbie; son, Brian (Annette) Larson, grandchildren, Rosemary, Brooklyn, Andrew and Keith; son, Bruce (Sue) Larson, grandchildren, Amanda (Brandon) Hovey, Spencer Larson, great grandchildren, Maddox Funk and Kaden Hovey; daughter, Patricia Larson (Donnie Praska); grandchildren Jacqueline Larson (Dewayne Ketchum), Ariana (Blair) Bonnerup, Casandra Nelson (Cameron Carns, great grandchild, Teddy Davis and Tarraant Ketchum; stepdaughter, Sally Johnson (Bradley Riekem); stepdaughter Ramona (Paul)  Schmidt, step grandchildren Sara Schmidt (David Sunderman), Natalie (Tyler) Flugum, step great grandchild Wesley; step daughter Sherry Williamson, step grandchildren Jordan Williamson (Melanie Langfold), Dylan Williamson, step great grandchild, Finn; step son, Perry Johnson, step grandchild Shawn Johnson-Madson; brothers Allan (Linda), Gary (Cathy) and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 4 great grandchildren, Tobias Larson, Tyler Johnson, Jack and Oliver Williamson.

A private family service will be held at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  The service will be live streamed at 10:30 am on Wednesday on Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home Facebook page. A public gathering and celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorials and condolences may be sent to Wayne’s family c/o of Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home 1415 Hwy 13 N Albert Lea, MN 56007.

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I am saddened to hear the news of our cousin Wayne Arling Larson's passing.
The Olsen Family Tree will be updated with all the information.
My Condolences to all of his loving family.
Cousin Larry Jensen

Larry Jensen Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Our sympathies to Amy and the rest of Wayne's family. He was a joy to know. Blessed be his memory.

Emelie and Jim Paulson Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

Wayne always had a joke or funny observation to share. We sure enjoyed him and will miss him

Linette Kleinschrodt` Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM