Funeral services for Darrell Raymond Larsen, age 82, of Chadron, NE will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 702 E. 9th St. in Chadron, NE, with Pastor Peter Bertram officiating.
Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron, NE.
A memorial has been established for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Chadron Fire Department. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Darrell passed away on January 19, 2018 at his home in Chadron, NE. He was born on October 23, 1935 in Rushville, NE to Lloyd and Mabel (Blofsky) McLain. At the age of 7, Darrell was adopted by Raymond H. and Margaret H. (Fisher) Larsen. They lived on the Chadron Creek Ranch 10 miles south of Chadron.
He attended first through third grade at the Nebraska State Teacher’s College Training School in Chadron. He moved with his parents to Bellflower, CA in Los Angeles County, where his father worked for Boeing during World War II. The family moved to Burton, NE in 1947, where his mother taught school. His mother was his teacher in a one-room school house.
After the death of his grandfather, Louis Fisher, the family moved back to Chadron Creek Ranch. Darrell was glad to be back home on the ranch. Darrell attended Chadron Prep Grade School through High School. He played cornet in the Chadron pep band and played first string guard in football. As it was written in his senior annual, “If everybody had as much fight as Darrell had, we could have won the championship easily.” Darrell graduated from Chadron Prep in 1954.
Darrell attended Colorado A&M in Fort Collins for his year of college and his last three years at Chadron State College. He played his cornet in the college band and played many solos. He graduated from Chadron State in 1958. He met Fayne Smith at the Campus shop where she worked and attended Chadron prep and graduated in 1958.
Darrell and Fayne (Smith) were married on August 2, 1959 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chadron, NE. They raised their three children, Maggie Mae, Danny Darrell, and Raylene Dawn, on Chadron Creek Ranch.
Darrell was in a farm and ranch partnership with his father raising shorthorn cattle and duroc hogs. In November 1978, Darrell and Fayne moved to Chadron where Darrell worked for the State of Nebraska’s Department of Roads for 19 years. Darrell retired on November 8, 1997.
Darrell is survived by wife Fayne; daughters Maggie Mae (Larsen/McLain) (Brad) McClaren of Hay Springs, NE and Raylene Dawn (Larsen) Slavik of Independence, MO; son Danny Darrell (Jody) Larsen of Chadron, NE; grandchildren Jody Kay (Soester) (Adam) Krogman, Jason Soester and fiancé Mary Rodrick, Chris (Amanda) McClaren, Charlie (Baylee) McClaren, Jobie (Alisha) Dryden, Marie McClaren, Morgan McClaren, and Brianna Larsenl great-grandchildren Laura, Amy, and Katie Krogman, Chloe Soester Addison and Tesher Rodrick, Ahris McClaren, Oakley and Bentley McClaren, and Hadley Dryden; and brother Duane (Marlene) McLain of Casper, WY.
He was preceded in death by parents Lloyd and Mabel McLain and Raymond and Margaret Larsen; father- and mother-in-law Gordon and Marie Smith; half brother Dean and Cora McLain; sister Jacque (Lindeken) Clark; nephew Kory Clark; and granddaughter Makayla Larsen.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Darrell Raymond Larsen.