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  • Visitation:  6-8 p.m.  Friday
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Saturday

Mr. Russell Wallace Larsen, age 87, formerly of Greenville, Michigan passed away Saturday evening, July 26, 2008 at Fountain Park Retirement Community in Bryan, Ohio. The son of Peter & Lena (Nielsen) Larsen, he was born on July 16, 1921 in McBride, Michigan.

Following his graduation from Greenville High School, he married Margaret Pauline “Polly” Kain on April 11, 1942 at Sand Lake. Answering the call of his country, Russell served in the U.S. Army and was a decorated veteran of World War II.

After returning home, he and Polly designed and built their first home and operated Larsen Caged Egg Factory west of Greenville. Beginning in 1951 and for the next 40 years Russell worked as a machinist at Federal-Mogul in Greenville, in addition to helping with maintenance duties in his wifes business, Pollys Beauty Shop and Apparel Store. After retiring he and Polly moved to North Carolina before moving to northwest Ohio in 2005 to be closer to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Polly Larsen, just a month ago on June 25, 2008. Also preceding him in death were his parents; an infant son, Randy Larsen; four sisters, Mabel Christensen, Hazel Christiansen, Helen Guinnup, and Martha Harding; and two brothers, Elvin Larsen, and Howard Larsen.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy & Bill Small of Defiance, Ohio; a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick & Vickie Larsen of Greenville; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2008 from the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, Michigan with the Rev. Ken Harger, pastor of Shiloh Community Church, officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, where envelopes for memorial contributions to the Alzheimers Association or the Greenville Area Community Foundation are available. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Russells online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on July 26, 2008 at 12:00 am


    08/01/2008 –

    Patricia Harding Rich

    Kathy and Pat
    I am your oldest cousin, the first born to the Larsen children. Martha was my Mother. I want you to know that your parents were very special to me. Did you know that they lived upstairs in our house at 920 Orange Street for awhile. Now, I don’t know how they managed, but I do know they were happy and full of fun. I was probably 3 or 4 years old at the time. We all had to go to the outdoor toilet house. Then they lived there again for several months after my Mother died and they sold their house. Polly gave me many perms over the years and tried to help me with beauty tips. Your parents helped me a great deal when my Mother died. I had to make a fast trip from CA, and they helped me with funeral arrangements. I was sad when they moved from Greenville; it seemed they were such a part of it. I always looked forward to being with them when I came back. I regret very much not keeping up with them after they moved. My cousin and yours, Paul Christensen, is the one who let me know of your loss of both of your parents. I know they had many wonderful years together, and you must have many wonderful memories.
    Cousin Pat

    07/29/2008 –


    Kathy and Patrick, I send my condolences to you on the the loss of your Father. It is difficult loosing ones parents, and when both have passed, it is especially hard. My heart goes out to you during this time. Sincerely, Marlene Wheeler

    07/28/2008 –

    Sue {Larsen} Whitney

    Kathy and Bill, You are in my thoughts and prayers in this trying time. Your parents were like mine all the early years while we were growing up. Love to you both.

    07/28/2008 –

    Sue Higgins Robinett

    Kathy and Pat, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My thought and prayers are with you and yours. I have a lot of good memories of your folks and you from years ago. Take care!

    07/28/2008 –

    Judy (Petersen) Reusser

    Kathy: My thoughts are with you, having lost both of your parents in such a short time. Hold onto family, they are so important.

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