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February 27, 1921 – Thursday, December 17, 2015

Service Information
Buffalo Ev. Free Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, December 21, 2015
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Sunday, December 20, 2015
4-7 PM

Wendell Carl Larson was born on February, 27 1921 to Oscar and Alfreida Larson in Duluth, MN. He passed into the loving arms of his Lord on Thursday, December 17 at the Park View Care Center. He was 94.
Dooley is survived by his wife, Shirley of Buffalo, MN; his sister, Beverly Hudberg of Saginaw, MI; two sons, Steven (Sandra) of Lincoln, NE and Bruce (Jan) of Cloquet, MN; Shirley’s children Steve (Diane) Huston, Char Huston, Jeff (Carol) Huston and Kim Huston. He also has many grandchildren and great grandchildren along with nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by Ruth Larson, his wife of 46 years and his daughter, Carla Cornelison.
Dooley served his country in WWII as a navigator on a B-17 with 35 missions in the European theater. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. He continued to serve in the Air National Guard until his retirement as a Colonel in 1984. He was also the Personnel Director at International Refineries, Inc., Wrenshall, MN, which later became Conoco Oil Refinery until the plant closed in 1981.
Dooley loved to golf, fish, drink coffee and a good joke, especially if he was telling it. Everyone who knew him was touched by his by his unconditional regard for others and the way he made you feel so much at ease. The world will know few others like him and those whose lives he touched will miss him greatly.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 20 from 4-7 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave., Buffalo.

Funeral service will be Monday, December 21 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at the Buffalo Ev. Free Church, 2051 50th St. NE, Buffalo.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, December 22 at 11 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery Chapel, 2516 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. David Osland

    My best thoughts and condolences to Shirley, Steve and all of Dooley’s family. I will miss Dooley’s wit, humor and company. Fishing hasn’t been the same since he stopped traveling up to Canada.

    He is now in a place where the coffee is always hot, the cookie jar is always full and the lunker walleyes bite all the time (not just the last 30 minutes of the fishing contest).

  2. Mike Barb & Mikey Mercier

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences to the Larson family. Dooley was a wonderful man and An American Hero. May his soul rest in peace.

  3. Dick & Sandy Mercier

    We are saddened by the news of Dooley’s passing. It is Heavens gain. He is in the arms of God. Dick and I will always be thankful for knowing him. He was a special man who was kind hearted and to us an American hero. We will always remember his jokes, stories and love of coffee and candy. Florida will not be the same without him. But we thank God for the pleasure of being friends with him for over 13 years. The good news is we will see him again in heaven. God bless him. All our best to his sons and family. And to Shirley, we love you and are praying.


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