Virgil was born in San Francisco to Robert John Skogholm Larson and Elvira Rodman Larson. When he was in his teens he moved to Oakland. During his senior year in high school he joined the Navy as World War II had started.
He was a radioman, Morse Code, on LST 474 in the Pacific for three years. His ship was on 11 invasions in the Pacific.
When he came out of the service he attended UC Berkeley studying engineering.
In 1950 he married Lorene Christoffersen of Turlock.
He worked for his father-in-law, Enoch Christoffersen, at VALCHRIS procuring the turkeys that went into the plant for many years. He also raised turkeys for 50 years.
When he was chairman of the California Turkey Board, he had the privilege of presenting President Elect Ronald Reagan, with a turkey just before Thanksgiving.
Virgil loved Jesus and his family. He was always building, fixing, and repairing especially anything electrical. He enjoyed going to coffee with his coffee buddies, going to church and his Sunday school class at MVC, vacations skiing, traveling, and it was really special if he could visit his cousins in Sweden. Even though Virgil had Alzheimer’s disease the last years he always enjoyed life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Roberta Larson. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Lorene Larson; son Kent Larson, Jamestown; daughter Tina Hall, Turlock; grandchildren: Britni Hall, Maryland; Brooke Hall, San Juan Capistrano; Cody and Colton Hall, Turlock…plus lots of cousins.
In lieu of flowers please consider Memorial gifts to: Miller’s Place (Day Care for Alzheimers), 1700 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, or Westside Ministries, PO Box 354, Turlock.
A Memorial Service for Virgil will be held at 11am on Tuesday, November 27th at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock. Interment will be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
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