Thomas Larson, a dedicated firefighter, loving husband, father, grandfather and proud Vietnam Veteran, passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife on Sunday, August 13, 2023.
Born on October 26, 1945, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Marjorie and Harry Larson. Thomas attended Patrick Henry High School. After completing trade school he enlisted in the Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. The proud veteran participated in numerous causes that supported fellow veterans. In 1978 he met and married the love of his life Debbie Kehr and together they had 3 daughters. Shortly after starting his family, Thomas began working as a firefighter for the city of Fridley and spent over two decades there. He put his life on the line to protect others. He displayed unwavering bravery and dedication throughout his career, earning him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and the community he served. Thomas always went above and beyond to ensure the safety of others, putting their well-being before his own. Thomas enjoyed fishing, vacationing with his family and decorating for all holidays, but perhaps none more so than Christmas. His creativity shone through as he transformed his home into a winter wonderland each year. The sparkle in his eyes mirrored the twinkling lights adorning every corner of his house. Thomas reveled in creating joyous experiences for those who visited during this special time of year.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Debbie; children, Lisa (Brad) Born, Sarah Larson, and Julie (Albert) Garza; grandchildren, Aubrey Born (Braden Okerlund), Autumn Born, Lilian Garza, Ava Born, Sabrina Garza, Natalie Larson, Thomas Garza, Jaxon Garza, and Annabella Born; 1 great grandson who is due to arrive in December; siblings, Susan (Jerry) Richardsen, Pat (Bob) Bliss, and David (Loretta) Larson; as well as many nieces and nephews family and friends. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie and Harry Larson; brother, Richard Larson.
The family would like to thank Parmly on the Lake for their wonderful and thoughtful care while Thomas was there, and also a special thank you to all of the hospice workers especially Tina. His presence will forever be missed by his beloved family, friends, and everyone whose lives he touched. His selflessness, bravery, sense of humor and zest for life will not be forgotten .
A visitation is planned for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 from 5-8 PM at MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 6210 HWY 65 NE, FRIDLEY, MN 55432. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Church of St. William Catholic Church, 6120 5th St NE, Fridley, MN 55432 with a visitation one hour prior to Mass. Burial to take place on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 at 9:45 AM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors. Please note that for those that wish to attend the burial at Fort Snelling, we will meet at MILLER FUNERAL HOME at 8:45 AM and process to Fort Snelling.
Per his wishes please wear colors that make you think of Tom and his personality. He would want to be celebrated.
Thursday, September 14, 2023
9:45 - 10:45am (Central time)
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
FOR THOSE THAT WISH TO ATTEND THE BURIAL AT FORT SNELLING, WE WILL MEET AT MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND PROCESS TO FORT SNELLING NATIONAL CEMETERY. PLEASE PLAN ON BEING TO MILLER AT 8:45 AM