Niels C. Larson, 95, of Marcus, formerly of Le Mars, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the Orange City Hospital.
Niels Christian Larson was born Nov. 8, 1908, on the family farm in Fredonia Township, Plymouth County, the son of Jens Peter and Engeborg Marie (Nielsen) Larson. He attended country school and assisted his family with farming. Niels enlisted in the United Stated Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Following his training in diesel mechanics, Niels served aboard the USS Markab. He attained the rank of Machinist' Mate Second Class prior to his honorable discharge on Nov. 14, 1945.
Niels returned to the family farm in Fredonia Township and where he lived and farmed for the majority of his life. Upon retirement he moved to Le Mars. He later moved to rural Marcus and spent the last eight years there.
Niels was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. He played baseball with the Fredonia Township Baseball Team in his younger years and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves fan.
He is survived by his three nieces, Bonnie Lassen and her husband Gaylen of Remsen, Linda Niehus and her husband, Randy, of Le Mars, and Betty Neisius of Marcus; two nephews, Gary Larson and his wife, Joy, of Remsen, and Lowell Larson and his wife, Eileen, of Battle Lake, Minn.; and several great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin siblings, brothers Lou, Henry, Nis, Martin, Herbert, Elmer and infant brother Niels; sisters Herlig Larson, Elsie Larson and Viola Neisius.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Gary Landsness and the Rev. Liz Pfeifle will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Brad Jensen officiating. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Miller, Stanley Mohning, Clifford Perry, Franz Schneider, Eldon Mortenson, Dennis Lundgren, Farley Peterson and Herman Miller. Pallbearers will be Mike Bouma, Loren Schnepf, Brad Sand, John Sand, Troy Sand, Roger Kloster, Bruce Green, Tom Peterson and Tom Miller.
Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.