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Lowell Elster Larson

April 20, 2019

Lowell Elster Larson passed away peacefully on April 10th, 2019 with family by his side.  Lowell Elster Larson was born to Elster& Esther Larson on the family farm in Pepin County, Wisconsin on May 23rd, 1925.

He attended rural schools and graduated from Maiden Rock High School in 1943.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps Force and was discharged after serving several months in Percy Jones Army Hospital in Michigan.

Lowell worked as a Rate Clerk for the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) Rail Road.

He married Alice McCormick in 1953.  They had 3 children, Eric James, a professional musician, Ethan Lowell, a United Methodist Minister and Janita Alice, a geriatric Social Worker.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in La Crosse.  He was a very active Mason, receiving his 33rd Degree in 1976.  As a member of the La Crosse Shriners, he was a part of the Fire House Jesters and was often seen in area parades dressed as a clown or driving their fire truck.

He is survived by wife, his sister Luella Dettling and brother Burton Larson (Lila) both of Ellsworth, WI, his daughter Janita Larson-Plachecki of Galesville, WI, son Rev. Ethan Larson (Laverne) of Wausau, WI, Grandchildren David, Heather, Stephanie (Kevin/McKenna) and Emily, Great-Granddaughters Isla Vattoria and Sofia Delsie, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son Eric, son-in-law Gary Plachecki, brother-in-law Raymond Dettling and nephew Lyndon Dettling.

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 26th at the La Crosse Masonic Center, 116 S. 8th St. from 6pm to 8pm.  Masonic service at 7pm.

Memorial service will be on Saturday, April 27th at 1pm at Faith United Methodist Church, 19th St. and Redfield St.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Riverside for making him smile and laugh and taking such good care of him.

The choir of Angels now has a new bass singer.




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