Ronald Larson

Ronald "Ron" Ray Larson

June 14, 1957 - November 4, 2019
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Ronald Ray Larson, 62, of Rapid City, died November 4, 2019, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ron was born June 14, 1957, in Hot Springs, SD, the first of five children born to Melvin Charles Larson and Jeanette Carol (Raver) Larson. He grew up in the Black Hills and kindled a love for the outdoors, hunting, and fishing.
He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1975. After graduation, he worked for the railroad. He was very good with a hammer, working various construction jobs. Life was full of opportunities for Ron. He was an excellent skier and worked and skied in Colorado with the New Zealand Olympic ski team. When he lived in Florida, he ran a crew of ironworkers laying out skyscrapers from the ground up. He loved to brag on how the engineers would turn him loose on a building, confident that he could erect the structure within an 1/8” of plumb.
When he came back to South Dakota, he hired on with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, grooming trails. He loved the tranquility of driving through the hills on the groomer.
He married Marla Edwards on September 28, 1986, the first time, and after some time of adjustment, they remarried September 6, 1994.
Ron was a very compassionate person who loved people and was always willing to help those who were down and out. As a recovering alcoholic, he touched many lives helping them deal with the demons he was all too familiar with.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Robert) Young, Rapid City; son, Brandon (Toni) Larson of Gillette, WY; seven grandchildren, RhiAnna Young, Kyla Mitsos, Leighton Young, Landon Mitsos, Lance Mitsos, Logan Larson, and Brittany Larson; his sisters, Lawana (Jeff) Gramm, Mesa, AZ, and Cheryl (Bergie) Bergstrom, Rapid City, SD; brothers, Dan (Jonni) Larson, Sturgis, and Justin (Heather) Worley, Kenosha, WI; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents, and a sister.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Joel Gross officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Cornerstone Rescue Mission and their Transition program.
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  • Memorial Service

    November 9, 2019 | 10:00am
    November 9, 2019 10:00am
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Pastor Joel Gross

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Darcy (Roseland) Winger

Posted at 11:59am
I was so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We attended high school together many, many years ago.

Patti Goff

Posted at 07:06pm
Dan I am so sorry to hear you have lost your brother and a also your friend! My thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss.

Kim Petersen

Posted at 03:29pm
I had the pleasure of getting to know Ron this past summer and spent every day listening to his life long stories. I feel truly blessed to have met this wonderful man and his memories will last my lifetime. May he be riding in peace with wind blowing through his hair! You have touched our lives, Mr. Ron. Keep working on the plan... And I'll see you on the flip side! My thoughts are with all of his friends and family. He was one of the good guys!

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