Funeral services for Darrell R. Larsen of Chadron were Jan. 26, 2018, at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chadron, with Pastor Peter Bertram officiating. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.
Mr. Larsen passed away Jan. 19, 2018, at his home in Chadron.
Darrell was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Rushville, 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 Nebraska State Teacher’s College Training School in Chadron. He moved with his parents to Bellflower, Calif., in Los Angeles County, where his father worked for Boeing during World War II. The family moved to Burton 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 School through high school.
Darrell played cornet in the Chadron pep band; he 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 Chadron Prep in 1954.
Darrell’s first year of college, he attended Colorado A & M in Fort Collins, Colo., and his last three years he attended Chadron State College. He played his cornet in the college band and played many solos.
Darrell 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 Aug. 2, 1959, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chadron.
Darrell and Fayne raised their three children, Maggie Mae, Danny Darrel, 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 of 1978, Darrell and Fayne moved to Chadron, where Darrell worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads for 19 years. Darrell retired Nov. 8, 1997.
Darrell is survived by his wife Fayne; daughters: Maggie Mae (Larsen/McLain) (Brad) McClaren of Hay Springs, Raylene Dawn (Larsen) Slavik of Independence, Mo.,; son: Danny Darrell (Jody) Larsen of Chadron; 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 Larsen; great-grandchildren: Laura, Amy, and Katie Krogman, Chloe Soester, Addison and Tesher Rodrick, Ahris McClaren, Oakley and Bentley McClaren, Hadley Dryden; brother: Duane (Marlene) McLain of Casper, Wyo.
Proceeding him in death were his parents Lloyd and Mabel McLain, 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.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Our Savior Lutheran Church and Chadron Fire Department. Memorials may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.