Lewis Arlen Larsen of Persia, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the age of 84. After several months of declining health, Lewie died peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side.
Lewie was born in Tyler to Henry and Esther (Sorensen) Larsen on February 28, 1938 as the oldest of three children. He moved to Persia as a lineman in 1959 where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Betty Larsen. He joined the army and served at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri for three years. Lewie and Betty were blessed with two children, Jeffery and Robin, and moved back to Persia where they raised their family and he lived for the rest of his life.
Lewie worked in trucking for Mobil Oil and Ring Transfer until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren fishing, spending time at their home outside Persia, and having family dinners. Lewie spent his retirement camping and spending time outdoors with Betty, especially in Iowa and Minnesota where he grew up. He especially liked working on and restoring his old Farmall tractor. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and reading Louis L ‘amour books in his free time. Lewie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who enjoyed sharing the wisdom of his many years and experiences and would also do anything for his family without us needing to ask him. He will be greatly missed and remembered as a man who always had time to help someone learn to drive, show them the correct way to hook up a trailer, back into a seemingly impossible camping spot with no visible effort, or just sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee for a long discussion about whatever topic came up.
Lewie was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dean Larsen, son-in-law Dean Nelson, and brothers-in-law, Jake Dather, Gary Martens, and Robert Martens..
Lewie is survived by his loving wife Betty (Martens) Larsen, his children, son Jeffery Larsen and daughter Robin (Jeff) Nelson. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Justin (Erin) Nelson, Hilary (Wade) Garren, Melissa (John) Kind and great grandchildren Trenton, Chase and Cole Garren. He is also survived by his sister, Colleen Dather, brother-in-law Arlon (Vicki) Martens and many nieces and nephews.
In Loving Memory Of
Lewis Arlen Larsen
February 28, 1938 Tyler, Minnesota
Entered Into Rest
May 31, 2022 Harlan, Iowa
11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022
Trinity Lutheran Church
Officiating Pastor Merlene Ostebee
Craig Bruck Alan Zacharias
Justin Nelson Jeff Nelson
Wade Garren John Kind
Mark Larsen Andy Martens
Final Resting Place
Valley View Cemetery