|(Thursday - October 01, 2020) -
Hartley Grandin Larson, age 92, of Crystal Falls, passed away on
Wednesday, September 30, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in
Hartley was born on March 20, 1928 in Grand
Marais, Minnesota, to Rev. Alfred and Emma (Anderson) Larson. Hartley
attended schools in Alberta, Canada, Grand Marias, Norway, Michigan, and
graduated high school from Atwater, Minnesota. He then served in the
United States Navy and after returning from service, graduated from
Northern Michigan University in 1952, where he played football and
earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Hartley also received a
Master's Degree in Education from the University of Michigan. Earlier in
his career, he taught and coached in the Powers, Felch, and the Crystal
Falls school systems. In 1961, Hartley changed careers and worked in
sales for IBM for 22 years, after which he retired. He married Ruth
Ellen Solberg from Felch in 1953. They lived mostly in Marquette where
they raised their six children.
Hartley enjoyed volunteering for
the Golden Wildcat Club and Marquette Golf and Country Club where he
served as President of both. He was active in both the Marquette youth
hockey and baseball coaching programs and supported his children in
their interests. In their later years, Hartley and Ruth Ellen retired to
their lake home on Lake Mary in Crystal Falls.
his loving wife of 67 years, Ruth Ellen; four sons, Steve Larson of
Paonia, Colorado, Mark Larson of Crystal Falls, Jon Larson of Santa
Cruz, California., and Tom (Caroline) Larson of Wausau, Wisconsin; two
daughters, Linda Larson Erspamer of East Lansing and Barbara Larson
Elingsen of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; one brother, Adrian (Lois) Larson of
Pipestone, Minnesota; and by 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Hartley was preceded in death by one
half-brother, Gordon Bredison.
In accordance with Hartley's
wishes, private family services will be held. Graveside services will be
acknowledged at a later date. Burial will be in Felch Cemetery in Felch.
You may leave a condolence or tribute for Hartley's family online
The family has chosen the Jacobs -
Plowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls to honor
Hartley's legacy of life.