Wayne Leroy Larson

3/17/1935 - 10/26/2016

Obituary

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.

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2 responses to Wayne Leroy Larson

  1. Jana and family,Don and Wayne were first in line to pick cherries at our place. They would beat the birds and get a large bag. Those two used to stop by to inspect the construction when we were adding onto the house. They would come early when I was still in my robe sometimes and announce that ” inspectors are here”. I think they stopped by after their coffee at the Custer store. Wayne encouraged my boys, especially Casey to pursue his work in construction. He continued to join Sobjack hunting trips after Don Sr. passed and this was comforting to Donny. He left his mark on this earth and will be remembered fondly by our family.
    Hugs and prayers for your family.
    Eileen and Don Sobjack

  2. Lloyd Ludtke says:

    Wayne was one of the good guys you meet in your life. Celebrate the time you had with him and know that his LORD has his arms around him.

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