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William G. Bill Larson
William G. Bill Larson, 87, of Manitowoc, passed away Friday, Aug. 22 at home.
Born March 28, 1927, in Marinette, to Alvina (Bromund) Larson and Nels Godfrey Larson, he attended public schools and graduated from Marinette High School in 1945. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a technical sergeant in the Philippine Islands. After service, he attended UW-Madison and in 1951 received a Bachelor of Science degree in organic chemistry. On Feb. 14, 1953, he married Ann M. Zimmerman in Evansville, In. and she preceded him in death on July 27, 1997.
They moved to Manitowoc where they lived the rest of their lives. A lifetime member of the American Chemical Society, he worked more than 40 years as a chemist until retirement. A member of St. James Episcopal Church from the 1950s to late 1990s, he was also a member of the Manitowoc Jaycees in his younger years.
Survivors include a son, Michael G. (Wendy) Larson, Manitowoc; a daughter, Diane E. Dede (Darrel) Brauer, Sussex; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lorena Boneham, Margaret Williams and Marilyn Gould, all of Marinette and Judy Wendel, of Germantown; two sisters-in-law, Frances Larson, Janesville and Ethel Larson, Florida; a brother-in-law, Jim Gould, Marinette; a special niece, Barbara Boelter, Glendale; other nieces; nephews and other relatives.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Karl E. and Helen M. Zimmerman; an infant great-grandchild, Ayla Elizabeth Brauer; three sisters, Hilda E. Larson, who died as an infant, Eleanor Boelter and Mae Freis; two brothers, Clarence and John Larson; a sister-in-law, Ruth H. Zimmerman and three brothers-in-law, Ronald Boelter, Donald Boneham and Jim Williams.
Cremation took place and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc. Per his wishes, there were no services held. Reinbold and Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Manitowoc assisted the family. Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Parkinsons Disease Foundation.