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Sept. 14, 1951–Feb. 23, 2021

John R. Larsen, 69, of Newcastle, Wyo., passed away at his home on Feb. 23, 2021. 

He was born on Sept. 14, 1951, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Rev. Robert and Edith Larsen. As a child, he lived in Bessemer, Mich., Bridgewater, S.D., and Cambria, Wisc. 

Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country for four years as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam. 

After his military service, he moved to South Dakota and worked for the South Dakota Highway Department. 

He was married to his first wife and had a son, David. He then moved to Newcastle where he hauled jet fuel from Wyoming Refining Company to Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, S.D. Over the years, he drove for numerous other trucking companies, then decided to buy his own tractor and trailer and drove over the road for four years. 

In July 1984, he married Jenelle Williams of Newcastle in a beautiful setting at Mallo, on the western slopes of the Black Hills. They had been married for
36 years. 

John was a dedicated, hardworking commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter in Newcastle for four years and helped procure donations for the vets and 4-H groups. He enjoyed reading to 4-H kids, especially the story of the meaning of the poppy flower to veterans. He organized the placement of U.S. flags around Newcastle on patriotic holidays and was a member of the Honor Guard for numerous veterans’ funerals. He enjoyed NASCAR, watching football and
fishing for walleye in Minnesota. 

John is survived by his wife, Jenelle; son, David of South Dakota; sister, Linda (Bob) Grams of Wisconsin; niece, Lisa (Forrest) Pike of Wisconsin; and his very special furry friend, Abby.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edith Larsen; brother, Ken; mother and father-in-law, David and Alice Williams; and brother-in-law,
Jeff Williams. 

Memorial service for John Larsen was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 1, at Church on the Hill, with Pastor Bill Haley officiating; inurnment took place at 3 p.m., at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D. 

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in John’s name at First State Bank of Newcastle, P.O. Box 910, Newcastle, WY 82701. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at


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