Bernt Larson

Bernt "Bennie" Larson

June 27th, 1934 - October 12th, 2020
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Bernt "Bennie" Larson, 86 of Strandburg, SD, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Strandburg, SD with Reverend Elmer Brinkman officiating. Kathy Granquist will be the organist.

To allow for social distancing, Bennie's funeral services will also be transmitted to church parking area via 88.7 FM radio.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be in the Goodwin Cemetery with Military Honors.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Theodore Larson, Michael and Hannah Cutshaw and Bennie's lifelong friends.

Active Pallbearers will be Erin and Faithe Larson, Dylan, Cody, Marshall and Luke Christensen, Gabriel and Rachael Cutshaw.

Bernt "Bennie" Theodore Larson, son of John and Lila (Johnson) Larson was born on June 27, 1934 in Clear Lake, SD. He grew up in the Goodwin/Strandburg area and graduated from Goodwin High School in 1951.
He enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard. He was activated and served on regular duty in the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis until his honorable discharge in 1964.

Bennie was united in marriage to Shirley Ebens on June 3, 1964 at the Milbank Hospital. The couple lived on a farm near Strandburg where Bennie farmed all his life. Together they raised three children, Richard, Lynnette and Leslie.

Being a lifelong farmer, he spent many long hours in his tractor. His radio was always on, tuned into country western music, basketball games or a local church service. He enjoyed playing baseball and basketball, pitching fastpitch softball and bowling with his Goodwin friends. He had a passion for hunting, woodworking, and spending time with his family and friends. Bennie served for 20 years on the HD Electric Board of Directors, was a member of American Legion Post 171 Stockholm/ Strandburg and a lifelong member of Tabor Lutheran Church.

Bennie is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Richard (Val) Larson of Dell Rapids, SD, Lynnette (Bryan) Christensen of Alcester, SD, and Leslie (Roger) Cutshaw of Clear Lake, SD; his 11 grandchildren, Erin, Faithe and Theodore Larson, Dylan, Cody, Marshall and Luke Christensen, Gabriel, Michael, Rachael and Hannah Cutshaw; 2 great-grandchildren, Kiara and Bailey Christensen; one brother, John Larson; his niece, Brenda (Bruce) Olson and his nephew, Tim (Linda) Larson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lila Larson; brother, Lyle and two infant brothers, Roger William and Lowell.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel -
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  • Visitation

    Friday October 16th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00am
    Friday October 16th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00am
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Saturday October 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday October 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Tabor Lutheran Church
    16168 472nd Ave.
    STRANDBURG, SD 57265
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Elmer Brinkman


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BAC/MAC Family

Posted at 10:41am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Marla Johnson

Posted at 09:59pm
Family of Bernt,
In sympathy as you find comfort in all the memories you can share. My husband, Lyle, was an employee of HD Electric and had several occasions to know Bernt. I have always respected the many ways your family contributed to the community and school.
God's Blessings,
Marla Johnson
Marla Johnson

Matt & Tracy Herber, Max, Emy, & Gus

Posted at 06:02am
May the good Lord give you comfort and peace. We are so sorry for you loss.
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Tom Bush

Posted at 12:48pm
I had many great visits with Bennie over the years. Just talking about the lake or when we were working on his equipment he always had a good word to share. He will truly be missed. Shirley and family he was a Gem, hang on to your memories. You are all in my prayers.

Roger Mohr

Posted at 09:42pm
Shirley and family Our deepest sympathy to you at this very difficult time , Thinking of you . Roger Mohr

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