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Vernon E. Larson, Jr.

Vernon E. Larson, Jr.

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 ( 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.


  • tammy spencer Posted September 19, 2017 5:54 pm

    sorry to hear of the passing of a very good friend of mine and my husband chuck,we have known Vern for over thirty years and we share alot of good times and we have a lot of memories of all the things we have done together and believe me we did a lot of fun and adventurious things together and he will be greatly missed but never forgotten,prayers to Barbie and the kids

    • Kate larson Posted September 20, 2017 4:35 pm

      Hi Tammy, Thank you for your condolences.

  • Robert & Marie Mile Posted September 23, 2017 12:02 pm

    We wanted to share our condolences with Vernon’s family.  It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one.  The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory.  That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3,4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much.

  • LM, Alabama Posted September 24, 2017 7:01 pm

    Dear family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you peace to help you cope during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing our dead loved ones again in the righteous paradise here on earth very soon. Acts 24:15

  • Annette Posted October 3, 2017 5:36 pm

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to each of you for your loss. Almighty God is aware of the afflictions that we suffer and the deep distress that we encouner. He assures us through his Word that he  is going to bring an end to death and all the things that causes us suffering and pain.

    Psalm 31:7

    Revelation 21:3-5

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