Rollis (Rollie) Odell Larson was born in Choice, Minn., on May 21, 1930, to Harley and Emma Larson. He passed peacefully on January 29 surrounded by family. He was 88.
He will be profoundly missed and lovingly remembered as a fun, gentle and humble man. His kindness, positive attitude and work ethic are his legacy. He lived his life with understanding and empathy, choosing to see the good in people with open eyes and heart.
Rollie grew up on a farm near Mabel, Minn., and was a graduate of the U of M, U.S. Air Force veteran, Ag teacher, hardworking farmer, and ag implement salesman. He enjoyed working outdoors, planting trees, feeding birds, and singing in his choir.
Rollie was preceded in death by his first wife Jan (Janice Steenerson) and is survived by their two daughters Kande Larson and Jana Bledsoe, and granddaughter Tayler. He is also survived by his sisters Helen Mann and Mavis Wolstad, brother Keith Larson, and many cousins, relatives and friends. Rollie is survived by Leiha, his wife of 25 years, and her children Teri Hauswirth (Brian), Gayle Januschka, Julie Galkowski (Jim), Jim Januschka (Erika) and grandchildren Anna (Mitul), Joey, Jacob (Katie), Emily (Todd), Allison, Olivia, Daniel, John, Noah, Gabby and James; and great-grandchildren Grace and Will. We will all miss him dearly.
To honor Rollie’s legacy, “Do your best, be kind, look on the bright side, and plant a tree.”
Family will have a celebration of his life in Winona on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Notification of location and time will be published at a later date.