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Joseph M. Larson

Issue Date: September 6, 2018

Joseph M. Larson, 90, of Deland, Fla., formerly of Marinette, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.

Born Sept. 14, 1927, to Joseph and Anna (Dohl) Larson, he enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17 and had basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes. He was stationed in California aboard a destroyer escort and then transferred aboard the USS Clamp, which was stationed at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Islands. While there, he witnessed two atomic blasts.

He served for three and a half years and was assigned shore patrol duty while awaiting an honorable discharge from the Navy in Seattle, Wa. as a First Class Motor Machinist.

He returned to Marinette where he worked for a wholesale beer distributor and was an auto salesman at Chevalier Motors before joining the Marinette County Sheriff's Department in 1964 where he reached the position of Sergeant. He was then elected Sheriff in 1979 and served five terms before retiring in 1989. As Sheriff he established a 24-hour patrol in Marinette County, purchased the first Search and Rescue vehicle and organized the Voluntary Auxiliary.

In 1987, the coupled owned and operated Alice's Restaurant, formerly Reinke's Restaurant in Marinette for five years until they moved to Florida in 2006.

She is survived by his wife of 34 years, Alice; eight children, Michael Larson, Rodney Larson, Joe Larson, Lori (Pat) McLenithan, Bob Felix, David Felix, Frank Robinson and Don Robinson and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Norman Larson, Pearl Koronkiewicz, Marcella Kessler, Muriel Goldsmith, Millie Felker and Betty Jessel.

Services will be held at at Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can be made in his name to the Marinette Sheriff's Office Honor Guard Dress Uniform Fund.


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