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Earl R. Larson


Last updated 10/30/2019 at 3:51pm | View PDF

Earl R. Larson, 91, noted Hinsdale architect and businessman, passed away Oct. 24, 2019, at his home in Hinsdale.

Earl was born in 1928 in Chicago to Lawrence and Irma (Mauer).

On Dec. 23, 1950, he married the love of his life, Ruth Hajen, and they were happily married for more than 68 years.

A graduate from the School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Navy Pier, Earl founded Earl R. Larson and Associates in Hinsdale in 1957 and became a lifelong Rotarian. Soon after, he partnered with Peter Kramer, architect, to form Larson/Kramer & Associates. Their firm was renowned for country club design, designing more than 150 country clubs nationwide.

Earl was a devoted family man. He lived a full life, filled with family, friends, and adventure. He traveled with his bride and family to many different places all over the world, including most of the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. He especially enjoyed vacationing every August with his family at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Earl had a strong and vibrant faith in the Lord. He was baptized into the family of God at Wicker Park Lutheran Church in Chicago. He was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, where he served on many committees, including the board of elders, the board of education and the board of trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his six children, Vicki (Rick) Pierson, Deborah (Bruce) Krieger, Craig (Deborah) Larson, Keith (Char) Larson, Sharon (William) Dillon and the Rev. Kurt Larson; his 16 grandchildren; and his 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Larson, earlier this year.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St,, Hinsdale. The visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Zion Lutheran Church, 204 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.

A funeral service will follow at the church at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 204 S. Grant St., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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