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Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

OBITUARY

Packard Larsen

August 20, 1925October 20, 2019
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Packard Larsen (Lt. Col. USAF Ret.) passed away peacefully at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Sunday, October 20, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years old. He was born in Springfield MA, one of three children of Elizabeth Reece Packard and William Frederick Larsen. Pack or Packy, as he was known, graduated from Springfield Technical High School and immediately joined the Army Air Corps to serve his country in the Second World War. He earned his pilot’s wings and saw combat duty as a jet pilot in Korea and Vietnam. He served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Upon his return from Korea he became a flight instructor at Bryan Air Force Base in Texas. It was there he met the love of his life an Air Force flight nurse named Mary Patricia (Pat) Fox (Lt. USAF Ret.). They met and fell in love at the base Officers' Club. They married in the base chapel in 1953, and quickly began to build their family, adding 7 children in 9 years. He is survived by daughters Mary E. Cardello (Henry), Kristina A. Larsen, Jennifer L. Jones (Richard), Patricia F. Chapman (Leonard) and sons Herbert P. Larsen, Gilbert G. Larsen, and Eric J. Larsen (Patricia). He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Joseph S. Jones (Lanie), Chandon L. Jones, Christopher L. Jones (Gaby), Jacques P. Jones, Henry P. Larsen, Jude F. Larsen, Erika J. Larsen, Dane L. Chapman, Lars Chapman and Duke F. Chapman. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia (Pat), brother William F. Larsen and sister Rosamond Marie Shannehan. In addition to these beloved family members, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins across the country, who all loved "Uncle Packy." Arrangements entrusted to Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home, 1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton. A visitation is scheduled from 5 pm to 8 pm, Friday, October 25th 2019, and a funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Larsen Cardello, Daughter
  • Kristina Larsen, Daughter
  • Herb Larsen, Son
  • Gilbert Larsen, Son
  • Eric Larsen, Son
  • Jennifer Jones, Daughter
  • Patty Chapman, Daughter

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Kathy Kapfhamer-Schmidt

October 26, 2019

The Kapfhamer family is thinking and grieving along with you. Your family and our family go back in love, friendships, laughter, and tears. Our parents were part of the “Greatest Generation”! And they were such great friends. I know they are celebrating in Heaven together. I just loved the photo memories you shared! Love, in Christ. Kathy Schmidt along with Sandra Dettner, Christine Dailey, Chad Kapfhamer, Felice Sharpe , and Denise Lindberg ( Kapfhamer family)

Kristina Larsen

October 23, 2019

Dad,
As you said to me two weeks ago, “I had a great ride”. I am sure that this last ride you are taking will be the very best. I am grateful that you were my father and teacher too. I will miss you.
I love you,
Kristina Anne Larsen

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