Vernon E. Larson, Jr., of Boise, Idaho, and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at home with his beloved wife, Barbara, and daughter, Kate, by his side. There will be no public visitation. A private burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Dubuque. Bella Vida Funeral Home (bellavidafuneral.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Vernon was born on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1951, son of Vernon and Joan (Gerken) Larson, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Vern graduated from Holy Ghost Catholic School and Dubuque Senior High School. He briefly resided in southern California, then moved to Portland, Oregon, and eventually to Boise where he co-owned and operated Larson-Miller Medical Waste Disposal Service.
He lived life on his own terms, not terribly concerned about the consequences. Vern will be remembered for his sarcastic wit. Never one to pass up a good time especially if it included a beverage or two. Vern was always ready to enjoy a game of cribbage or euchre and to place a bet, of course.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, of Boise, Idaho; four children from two previous marriages, Kimberly (Ryan) Lanz, of Lincoln, Calif., Pamela Larson of Boise, Julie (Mike) Whitescarver, and Katherine Larson (Jon) Grems, all of McCall, Idaho; eight grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Steve (Cathy) Larson, of Corona, Calif., Karen (Larry) Meyer, Norm (Vicki) Larson, Phil Larson, all of Dubuque, Tom (Deb) Larson, of Peosta, Iowa, and Chris (Andy) Piper, of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Joan Larson, his sister-in-law, Diane Larson, and his first wife, Laurie (Hall) Mclain.
Condolences and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 3218, McCall, ID 83638 c/o Kate Larson-Grems.