Wayne Leroy Larson, age 81, passed away at home, on his farm, in Ferndale on October 26, 2016. Wayne was born March 17, 1935 to Wilfred and Nellie Larson in Ferndale. He much preferred hunting to school and entered the workforce early, helping to support his family.
Wayne proudly served his country, stationed in Germany from 1954-1956. After his service, he spent his entire life in construction, most notably as Vice President of Nelson Construction. Wayne was a part of building many bridges across the Northwest and had the privilege to work with so many great people from Washington to Alaska. In addition, Wayne was a member of the Ferndale School Board for many years and honored to contribute to the community in which he loved.
Wayne is survived by his wife Jana (Barr) Larson; daughters Lisa (Jim) Neufeld, Wendi Larson, Heather (Phil) Lafata; brother Jack Larson; grandchildren Brandon Beck, Ashley (Trevor) Olson, Haley Rettmer, Luke Rettmer, Ava Lafata; and great-granddaughter Ezra Olson. He is preceded in death by his father Wilfred Larson; mother Nellie Larson; and brothers Gene Larson, Larry Larson and Richard (Dick) Larson.
His life would not have been complete without his lifelong best friend, Don Sobjack. They spent countless time together hunting, fishing, traveling to Winthrop and doing their best to stay out of trouble. Wayne was especially proud of his grandchildren, who held a special place in his heart. In addition to his family, he loved country music, spending time in Winthrop, coffee with friends and working on the farm.
Wayne’s final resting place will be Enterprise Cemetery, Ferndale, near family. As per Wayne’s request, no services will be held.