Leroy ‘Duke’ Larson. Submitted photo
Leroy ‘Duke’ Larson. Submitted photo

Leroy ‘Duke’ Larson age 85 of Woodville died December 10 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Duke was born December 16, 1931, in Veblen, South Dakota; the son of James and Evelyn (Jennen) Larson. He was raised in South Dakota attending school in Britton. In 1949, he enlisted in the Armed Forces and proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean war. Duke worked in construction. He was a member of the Union #563 in Minneapolis. 

He would meet the love of his life, Betty Lee. This relationship grew over many years. Duke loved to raise pigeons in the Twin Cities and Menomonie. He was also a member of the American Pigeon Racing Association. He truly love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping.  Duke is preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul Larson, brother-in-law Ernest Mondry.

Duke will be fondly remembered by his love Betty; Duke’s siblings Loretta Mondry, James Larson, Alton Larson, Wanda (Bill) Heurung, Pernell Larson, Monica (Henry Jr) Laska; as well as Betty's extended family: Kenneth ‘Kip’ (Brenda) Lee, Kristine (Dennis) Hillstead, Kathy (Buddy) Gunderson, Robin (David) Bazille, Ricky (Donna) Lee, as well as many, many step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Duke Larson will be 11 a.m. Saturday December 16, 2017 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street, Baldwin, Wisconsin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at O'Connells. Burial will be in St. Paul's Evangelical Church Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date.

Funeral and cremation service entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.