Robert Lewis Larsen, 86, passed away peacefully Aug. 7, 2009, at St. Judes Memorial Center in Fullerton, Calif.
He was born March 1, 1923, in Maple Park. In high school, he worked for different farmers to help pay for his education.
He left Maple Park to serve his country in the Air Force for four years in WWII.
When he joined the Elgin Fire Department, he met Arlene Olesen at the Blue Moon Dance Hall, and they were married Aug. 9, 1948, in Elgin.
They were blessed with two children; a son, Dale Larsen, and a daughter, Janet Hebner.
Robert was a member of the Elgin Fire Department for many years. When he retired, he and Arlene moved to Clearwater, Fla., where they bought a mobile home and lived for almost 35 years.
When Arlene died Oct. 8, 2008, he moved to Yorba Linda, Calif., to be near his son and family.
He is survived by his son, Dale and his wife, Cheryl; grandchildren, Derek, Kristine, Steven, and David; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Drew, and Lilly Marie; a sister, Loretta Christensen of Maple Park; a brother, Alfred Larsen of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Arlene. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Aug. 9, 2008, with Daughter Janet, his parents, two sisters and two brothers.
A memorial service is being planned for October at Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Elgin.