Richard C. Larson, Jr.


MARQUETTE, MI – Richard C. Larson, Jr., age 73, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday, March 10, 2017, at his home.

Born March 21, 1943, in a log cabin in AuTrain, a son of Louie Richard and Emma Mildred (Koepp) Larson, Richard’s family later moved to Marquette where he was raised and graduated from Graveraet High School in 1961. He entered the US Army, serving during the Vietnam Era, until his honorable discharge in 1967. Returning to Marquette, he was employed for a time with Lake Shore, Inc., before beginning a long career as a steel worker with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company at the Mather B and Empire Mines. He retired following 32 years of service to CCI. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling and pool. An avid hunter his entire life, he especially enjoyed being with his family at their camp in McFarland. He had a special bond with his grandchildren and especially enjoyed spending time with them and often spoiling them. Richard was very sociable, outgoing, was an awesome dancer, had a great sense of humor, liked to joke and make people laugh. Loving and caring, he could also be a tease, especially when it came to siblings and other family members. He also treasured the companionship of his feline pal, Layna. Richard was a proud member of the National Rifle Association, enjoyed Packer football and NASCAR racing.

Survivors include his daughters, Cheryl (Rodney Arnold) Larson and Melissa Larson-Maki both of Marquette; his grandchildren, Justin Larson, Matthew LaPointe, Brittany Larson, Holden Maki, Ava Maki, and Preston Richard Larson-Smith; sisters, Carol (Dan) Voorhees and Debbie Larson of Marquette; a brother, Daniel Larson of Marquette; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marie Ann Larson and his son, Mark Richard Larson; a brother, Ralph Larson; nephew, Michael Larson; and former wife, Jean (Giannunzio) Larson; also many aunts and uncles.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 3:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00 pm Sunday. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and veteran’s honors will be accorded by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America. A reception will follow in the reception room located at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com