Michael Allen Larson
September 28, 1973 - March 15, 2002
Michael Allen Larson, 28, of Appleton, Wisconsin, formerly of Marquette, died Friday evening, March 15, 2002 in Green Bay, Wisconsin from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Larson was born on September 28, 1973 in Marquette to Ralph and JoAnn (Dougherty) Larson. He graduated from Bi-County Alternative High School.
Mike enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1996 and was honorably discharged in September of 2001. He then took up residence in the Appleton, Wisconsin area and was employed by a welding machine manufacturing company at the time of his death. He was previously employed by a local truck service company.
Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching Red Wing hockey games.
He is survived by his mother, JoAnn Larson of LAnse; his step-mother, Laura Larson of Gwinn; one brother, Eric (Donna) Larson of Gwinn; two sisters, Sandy Larson and Angela DuShane, both of LAnse; step-grandparents, Dick and Violet Lilly of Arnold, MI; a niece and nephew, Amber Gibson and Eric Larson, Jr.; aunts and uncles, Dan and Kris Larson of Marquette, Debbie and Don Quayle of Appleton, WI, Richard Larson, Debbie Larson and Dan and Carol Voorhees all of Marquette. His father, Ralph Larson, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 2 p.m. in the Marquette Bible Church, 1801 Woodland Ave., Marquette with the Rev. Wesley Smith officiating. There will be no visitation.
Eulogy for Michael A. Larson, by Laura V. Larson
''I had the pleasure of meeting Michael in 1981, when he was almost 8 years old, the year I married his beloved, late father, Ralph. I was immediately taken by Michael's warm, easy-going, friendly disposition, slight shyness, mischievous nature, and delightful sense of humor. These traits followed him throughout his 28 years, and were just as endearing to me when I spoke to him by phone only a few weeks ago. He seemed happy, very glad to be out of the service, and excited about his next new job. In usual Michael fashion, it was 'skip the play button and press fast forward'.
How very sad that all our earthly plans can fall to ashes so quickly. March 15th cancelled them all, and took away a dear young man who was many things to the many people who loved him. His memory to each one of us is like a seperate picture in each of our minds; each framed differently, uniquely, seen only by us. A dearly loved photograph which will live forever in its specially reserved place in our hearts. Mom, brother, sister, cousin, friend, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew: It is memory's photograph that you will gaze upon, that will always keep Michael a part of you, though he is gone; it is the imprint he made on your life that death cannot erase. The word, the touch, the gesture, the experience, the smile, the laugh, the tear, the look, the love. It's all there, in your picture, in your heart. Keep it for your comfort now; look upon it often.
I close with a plea that you will all contemplate on how quickly life can pass; but life does not end, it continues. It is up to each of us to be ready when God says it's time to go. Today may be the only day you have left. Today, John 3:16 is for you.''
''For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in HIm should no perish, but have everlasting Life.''