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Melvin Larson

June 18, 1928 — November 21, 2019

Melvin “Mel” Eugene Larson, 91, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019, at his home. He was born June 18, 1928, in Austin, Minnesota. Mel retired as a MSgt. after a career in the United States Marine Corps serving in the Korean War and in Vietnam. He worked as a city marshal in Hardy, Arkansas, a deputy sheriff in Sharp County, Arkansas, and a security guard at the arsenal in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He had served as an elder in Peace Lutheran Church in Cherokee Village and was a member of the VFW, American Legion, AARP, and TOPS. Survivors include his daughter, Col. Marguerite “Jackie” Campbell, USMC (Retired) of Arlington, Virginia; a son, Marshell Laine “Butch” Larson of Phoenix, Arizona; two sisters, Lavonnah Helland of Springfield, Missouri, and Beverly Jerdee of New Hampton, Iowa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews living across the USA. Mel knew and was respected by many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Marie (Greenlee) Larson; his wife of 62 years, 3 months, and 7 days, Florence Lois (Hartley) Larson; a son, David E. Larson; and a daughter, Dr. Pauline Patricia Delozier. Graveside services with full military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 25, in Oaklawn Cemetery at Highland, Arkansas, with Pastor Brian Pummill officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to American Legion Post 346, P.O. Box 614, Cherokee Village, AR 72525. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.
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