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Milan Larson, 83 - January 29, 2016

Milan “Mike” Martin Larson, 83, of Gothenburg died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, with family beside him.
Services will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Ave., at Gothenburg.
A visitation is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family present from 4 to 6 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
Larson was born Jan. 30, 1932, at Custer County to Martin and Amanda (Maline) Larson.
He attended Rock Island School through the eighth grade then went to high school in Gothenburg through the 12th grade. While in school, he lettered in football and track and field and sang tenor in the school choir.
After high school, he helped his parents on the family farm until getting drafted into the U.S. Army from June 3, 1953 to 1955.
On his return home from service, he again was involved with the family farm.
On May 17, 1957, he married Marian Sall at the Evangelical Free Church of Gothenburg. The couple resided in town for about a year before his parents moved to town, then he and his wife moved to the family farm.
In 1968, Larson began working full-time for Monroe Auto Equipment Company in Cozad as well as continuing to farm. He retired from Monroe in 1992 and went back to full-time farming.
During his retirement years, he purchased light calves in the spring, selling them in the fall and rented out the farmland. In 2014, he and his wife purchased a house on Avenue L in Gothenburg and moved back to town.
Larson received Christ as his personal Savior in March of 1951 during special services at the Baptist Church in Gothenburg. He was a charter member of the New Hope Evangelical Free Church and served as a board member, youth sponsor and Sunday School teacher. He also served on the Youth for Christ board of directors for 13 years as well as with Gideon International for a number of years.
?Family was very important to both him and his wife, and together, they fostered close relationships with their children and grandchildren whether near or far, according to family members. He will be remembered for his deep faith in Christ and desire to share the gospel with others.
Larson could talk to anyone and enjoyed visiting with friends, neighbors and complete strangers, the family said. He loved the farm, hunting, the outdoors and natural history. He also had a creative side and enjoyed playing guitar and the harmonica, and took up painting as a hobby after retirement.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Martin and Amanda Larson; his sisters—Yvonne, Doris and Marilyn.
Survivors include: his wife, Marian; his son, Todd (Tammy) of Smithers, British Columbia, Canada, and their daughters—Tara (Lee) Corneau of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, and Kelsey (Dan) Tran of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; his daughter, Karen (Arden) Anderson of Chappell, and their sons—Lars (Ellen) of Malta, MT, Sven (Crystal) of Maxwell and Nels of Lincoln; a great-grandson, Thor Anderson.
Memorials are suggested to Youth for Christ, P.O. Box 581, North Platte, NE, 69103, The Gideons International, P.O. Box 133, Gothenburg, NE, 69138, and KJLT, P.O. Box 709, North Platte, NE, 69103-0709.