OBITUARY

Jon Frederick Larson

February 28, 1947October 6, 2020
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Jon Frederick Larson, 73, went to be with his Savior on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed away at Boone Hospital Center with his wife by his side.

Jon was born on February 28, 1947, in Red Oak, Iowa, the younger of two sons born to Nels Frederick (Fritz) and Mary Margaret (Quimby) Larson. He grew up in Southwest Iowa on a farm south of Emerson where his family lived and farmed for 41 years. His elementary school years started in the one-room Keystone School House and were completed at Emerson Public Schools. He attended high school at Nishna Valley Consolidated School District. He was a good athlete and enjoyed participating in baseball, varsity basketball, music and drama during his school years. He also loved hunting and fishing, which he continued to enjoy until later in life.

After high school graduation, Jon attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, majoring in Hotel Management Institution Management with a minor in Dietetics. On March 2, 1969, he married Sharon Jean Turner. He graduated with a B.S. Winter Quarter of 1970. Upon graduation, Jon received a direct commission of 2nd Lieutenant into the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps as a Dietitian. Upon completion of Basic Training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, Jon served at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, as Assistant Chief of Food production & Service. Jon and Sharon enjoyed their years at Fitzsimons and loved the mountains and the opportunities for skiing, biking, camping and hiking while there. Their first son, Christopher Jon, was born at Fitzsimons in May of 1973. By then, Jon had decided that he did not want to stay in the army and had requested a discharge, which he was granted in June of 1973. He remained on Reserve Standby until May of 1976. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal and attained the rank of First Lieutenant.

Upon discharge from the Army in 1973, he accepted a position as Coordinator of Food Production and Service at St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and the family lived in Prairie Village, Kansas. In November of 1975, their second son, Benjamin Scott, was born.

Jon was offered the position of Nutrition and Food Service Director at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia in the fall of 1978, and the family then moved to Columbia. He remained at Boone until his retirement in 2012. He considered this position as his personal ministry to the patients, employees and community of Boone Hospital. During these years he coached baseball and soccer teams for both his sons. He enjoyed teaching and spending time with all the players. Jon and Sharon also enjoyed playing Co-ed softball and volleyball with friends for several years in Columbia’s Parks and Rec Leagues.

In retirement years Jon and Sharon enjoyed traveling and visiting their sons & families as well as other family members in other states. Among family, they were nicknamed “the Road Warriors”, and their motto was “Have airbed, will travel, God willing!” Jon enjoyed having time to read and leisurely work in the yard and had begun biking on the MKT. They continued to attend the annual siblings reunions with Sharon’s family.

Jon grew up in the Methodist church and was baptized as a child. He was a member of Compass Evangelical Free Church for 40 years and in recent years served on the Next Step committee completing a renovation of the church. His faith in Christ was the central driving force of his life as He accepted Jesus Christ into his heart in his early years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joseph Q. Larson, his brothers-in-law Lowell McMillen & Lynn Turner, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 51 years, Sharon; his two sons Chris (Kelly) and Ben (Brooke); and his five grandchildren whom he loved deeply, Max, Lily, Grady, Graham and Weston Larson; along with Sharon’s family - brother Ron Turner, Denver, CO, sister Rose McMillen, Westminster, CA, & sister Geri & husband Craig Mann, Yorkville, IL; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family wishes to give deepest thanks to Dr. Doug Vogt and all the wonderful nurses, techs and other service personnel at Boone Hospital Center who took such exceptional care of Jon.

Services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Visitation from 1:00 to 2:30 pm and a funeral service at 2:30 pm. In keeping with the guidelines put forth by the Boone County Heath Director all guests are required to wear a mask, to keep social distancing (six feet apart), cough into your sleeve and wash and sanitize your hands often. Services will be live streamed on our Facebook page at Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia. Interment will be at the Malvern Cemetery in Malvern, Iowa, with a Graveside Service on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Donations in Jon’s honor may be made to Love, Inc.,1516 Business Loop 70W, Columbia, 65202; The Food Bank, 2101 Vandiver Dr., Columbia 65202; and Compass Church, 600 Silvey Street, Columbia, 65203; or a pancreatic cancer research fund of your choice.

  • DONATIONS

  • Love, Inc
  • The Food Bank of Central and North East Missouri
  • Compass Church
  • or a pancreatic cancer research fund of your choice

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Carlyle and Cindy Foley

October 18, 2020

Dear Sharon and Family,
We enjoyed spending time with Jon over the years at E. Free, now Compass Church, at Boone Hospital Center and in the community.
Jon used his knowledge, skills, and interests to serve and build relationships with many in our community. He will be missed.
We will be keeping you in our prayers and thoughts in the days and weeks to come.
Carlyle and Cindy Foley

Marilee Dunn

October 16, 2020

Jon and I worked together for many years at Boone Hospital. Jon was a very special man, gentle, caring, a person who always sought fairness and was wonderful to work with. We were in different departments but served on committees together. He had such patience and spoke not to hear himself speak but when he had something pertinent to contribute. He always had good ideas.
Everyone new him as everyone went to the cafeteria. He was always there with a big smile on his face.
I was so very sad to learn of his illness and death.
May this family find peace in wonderful memories of a wonderful man,
With my deepest sympathy,
Marilee Dunn

Carol & Dick Dowdy

October 13, 2020

Sharon (and family),

May God hold you in His loving arms during this time. We love you dearly and care deeply. Discussions with Jon and you about days spent at Fitzsimons in Denver were a joy and the start of a wonderful friendship that we cherish.

Tom Rea

October 12, 2020

Jon and Sharon were a faithful part of our ministry team while Diana, my family, and I served as missionaries in Europe. Jon's face was always a welcome one to see at Boone Hospital while Diana was fighting her own battle with cancer. Thank you, Sharon, for the many kind words, prayers, and support -- all you and Jon meant to our family !

James Garb

October 11, 2020

I am sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. He started at Boone shortly after I did. I will remember him as a great Chef. He visited the doctor’s lounge at Boone frequently to make sure we were well taken care of. My condolences to his family.

James Garb MD

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