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Donald E. Larson

Published On: Jul 25 2013 09:30:32 AM CDT

Donald E. Larson, age 78, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Stoughton Community Hospital.

He was born on August 28, 1934 in Stoughton, the son of Helmer A. and Irene M. (Kratz) Larson. Don received his education at the Oregon School District. Don, along with his brother, Howard, farmed for many years on the family farm until it was sold to the DNR to restore it to natural life.

Don received his certificate in floral arrangement. For many years he ran Don's Gift Shop on the family farm in Oregon. He was very talented in making floral arrangements of all kinds, as well as, gifts and crafts for every special occasion and holiday of the year. Don was gifted in interior decorating. He and his brother, Howard, moved into their home in Stoughton in 1995 which Don completely decorated himself-- he even made the draperies for their entire home.

Don always loved flowers, even as a child. He raised flowers on their Oregon farm by the acres. When Don moved to Stoughton, he had 25 to 30 varieties of flowers in his yard. He had beautiful flowers all year long. In the spring his tulips and daffodils would be in full bloom. In the summer, it would be the petunias, marigolds, and impatiens. In the fall, it would be the mums and wild asters. Don's favorite was the mums because they would last so long and were so colorful.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Howard; uncles, Axel, Carl, Hjelmer, Hans and Peter; aunts, Nora, Ella and Clara; cousins, Willard and Kenneth. Don is survived by his brother, Glenn of Stoughton; and his cousin Betty Stenjem of McFarland.

Devotions will be held at 1:30 pm at Cress Funeral Home, Stoughton on Friday, July 26, 2013. A brief visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Upper McFarland Cemetery.

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