OBITUARY

Wallace C. Larsen M.M.

March 16, 1943July 4, 2018
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Wallace Corcoran M.M. Larsen died Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Highview in the Woodlands in Rockton Illinois, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was born in Berwyn, IL on March 16, 1943 to Walter F. and Constance J. Larsen. Wally graduated from Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn IL, in 1962. He married Nancy Short on May 12, 1962. Wally began employment as a Master Baker at Larsen’s Most Excellent Bakeries in LaGrange, IL. He changed careers and began working in the publishing industry, beginning with Life Newspapers in LaGrange Park, IL and continuing to Branch-Smith Publishing in Fort Worth, TX, where he became Vice President of Publishing. Wally was a member of Hinsdale, IL Chamber of Commerce and Hinsdale Rotary Club. He was the Civil Defense Director for the Village of LaGrange. He was a Boy Scout Master and Little League Coach. In 1983, Wally and Nancy moved to Fort Worth, TX, where they lived for 30 years. Wally joined the Moslah Temple in Fort Worth and became a member of the Fort Worth Rotary Club. After his retirement, he volunteered at Baylor Southwest Hospital in Fort Worth, during which time he trained and managed the volunteers program. After both Wally and Nancy retired, they moved to South Beloit, IL to be close to their family. At that time, Wally and Nancy volunteered at the Swedish American Regional Cancer Center. Wally also enjoyed sports and was an avid fisherman and golfer. Wally and Nancy discovered their love of traveling while in Texas and traveled throughout the United States and internationally, including the Orient and Europe. They also became frequent cruisers. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Short); three children, Constance Chapman (Merry), Daniel Larsen (T.J. Deceased), and Mark Larsen; grandchildren, Sarah Batzel (Justin), Adam Benkendorf (Brittany), Courtney and Claire Larsen, Lauren Thompson (Wade), Will Chapman (Jessica) and four great-grandchildren. Brothers Walter Larsen (Joanne Deceased) and George Larsen (Sandy) and sister-in-law Andy Larsen. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stephen Larsen. Service will be at Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Visitation at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Swedish American Regional Cancer Center at Swedish American Foundation, 1415 East State St., Suite 100, Rockford IL 61104. Please identify that the donation is for “Cancer Center/Wally Larsen”. Visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com for more details.

  • FAMILY

  • Nancy (nee Short) Larsen, Wife
  • Constance (Merry) Chapman, Daughter
  • Daniel (T.J. Deceased) Larsen, Son
  • Mark Larsen, Son
  • Sarah (Justin) Batzel, Grandchild
  • Adam (Brittany) Benkendorf, Grandchild
  • Courtney Larsen, Grandchild
  • Claire Larsen, Grandchild
  • Lauren (Wade) Thompson, Grandchild
  • Will (Jessica) Chapman, Grandchild
  • Walter F. and Constance (Corcoran) Larsen, Parents
  • Wallace is survived by four great-grandchildren. Brothers Walter Larsen (Joanne Deceased) and George Larsen (Sandy) and sister-in-law Andy Larsen. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Larsen

Services

  • Visitation for Wallace Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Masonic Rites followed with a Memorial Service to Celebrate Wallace's Life Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Wallace C. Larsen M.M.

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Damon Dockstader

December 18, 2018

I am so sad to learn of Wally’s passing. I met Wally in September of 1992. I had just bought a doughnut shop and was trying to get my feet on the ground; Wally was between jobs and had time in the mornings to chat. He quickly became one the of the regulars and someone I could rely on to tell me what was happening in my absence. He became a good friend and mentor as well. His next job was with and advertising company and he was able to help me with running ads marketing the shop. I also remember him mentoring the younger folks that he managed, as they got their start in advertising. By the first of ‘96 I sold the shop. I lived 20 miles away, and it would be years before I even came back to that part of town. Consequently, our paths would never cross again. Times were different then, email still in its infancy, social media over a decade away, it was too easy for friends to lose touch. Recently I have been trying to find some of my friends and associates that were a part of those years….and today I learned of this. I now am the same age Wally was when we met. I hope I can have the same lasting, positive impact on someone else’s life that Wally had on mine…after all, I had a good mentor. Rest well my friend, you’ve earned it.

Damon

Connie Chapman

July 10, 2018

Pamela Bolstead Newton

July 7, 2018

Nancy and family,
Craig and I are so sad to learn of Wally's passing. He will be missed by you, your family, and friends who were fortunate enough to have had him in their lives. It sounds as though you experienced a wonderful life with him. Condolences.

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