Harold R. Larson passed away on March 24, 2016 at the age of 89. He was born on September 8, 1926 in Oskaloosa, IA and moved with his family to Lincoln, NE in 1931. After graduating from Lincoln High School, he served in the Naval Air Crew as an Ordinance Man Tail Gunner on a PBM Martin Mariner from 1944 to 1946. Following his discharge from the service, he attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from the Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, CT. Harold began his professional career as a lithographer and worked as a Color Cameraman until elected President of Kansas City Local 235-M Graphic Communications International Union in January 1965. In addition, he served as Vice Chairman of the Inter-Local Pension Fund, Co-Chairman of the National Health and Welfare Pooling Fund, and on the Executive Committee of the G.C.I.U. Supplemental Retirement and Disability Fund. He served for 24 years as President until his retirement in January 1989. Harold was well respected for the achievements he made for the benefits of the union members he represented. He was a member of American Legion Post 499 and Blue Springs Elk Lodge 2509.
Preceding him in death are his second wife, Beverly A. Larson; son, Richard H. Larson; parents, Arnold R. and May I. Larson, and brother, Kenneth D. Larson. He is survived by son, Donald E. Larson and wife Michelle of Johnson City, TN; daughters, Patricia J. Rardon and husband Patrick of Elkton, MD and Susan F. Hagen and husband Michael of Kearney, MO; stepchildren Michael R. Pickler of Raytown, MO and Julie Clark of Kansas City, MO, and ten grandchildren.
Funeral service for Harold will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Meyers Funeral Chapel 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. The committal service with full military honors will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Memories of Harold and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.