Harvey Leroy Larson

Decoy carver, 89Harvey Leroy Larson, 89, of Rosburg, Wash., died Saturday, May 29, 2004 in Rosburg.

He was born Dec. 1, 1914 in Astoria to Peter and Clara Svenson Larson. He grew up on a small dairy farm in Rosburg and lived there his entire life.

Starting at a young age, he worked as a logger in all positions including a faller for Tidewater Logging. His other jobs included producing powdered milk at the Lower Columbia Dairy Association creamery in Grays River, Wash.; owning and operating his own milk truck, hauling milk cans from several local farms to LCDA; gillnetting on the Columbia River briefly; running a log loader for Jim Lindros Logging; and then owning and operating a log truck, hauling for several local loggers, including Crown Zellerbach, when he retired. He was also part owner of the Rosburg Store for several years.

Family members say Larson always had a connection with boats, owning several small yachts, with which he enjoyed taking friends sport fishing and for boat rides. He was an avid clam digger. During the late 1940s, he built a Monk design wooden gillnet boat, the Claire L. in his garage, which later won the gillnet boat race three times in the Astoria Regatta. He collected and carved several wooden decoys. He enjoyed gardening and was interested in all sports. He is remembered as having a clear memory, and could relate facts in great detail about the early days of the area with great stories about those he had known including quotes and accurate voice imitations.

Larson married twice. His first wife, Gladys, died in 1968. His second wife, Katie, died in 1986.

He is survived by two sons, Terry and Tracy Larson of Rosburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Clair and Daniel J. Stephan of Rosburg; three granddaughters, Bonni Morgan of Tualatin, Marlee Burch of Naselle, Wash., and Lara Walker of Portland; six great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Gayanne Bicandi and Judy Holteen of Vancouver, Wash.; six step-great grandchildren; and 13 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Delwin, Sidney and Vernon Larson and a grandson, Daniel L. Stephan.

At Mr. Larson's request, there will be no service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosburg Community Club or Grays River Methodist Church, in care of Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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