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George Charles "Dugan" Larson Jr., 87

Dugan Larson, age 87, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, surrounded by family, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls, Wis. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the past four years.

Dugan was born on June 5, 1922, in Superior, Wis., to George C. "Dugan" and Hilda (Carlquist) Larson Sr.

He moved to North Hudson at the age of three and eventually to River Falls where he graduated from high school in May 1940 and attended two years of college at the University.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, during World War II. He returned to River Falls in 1944, where he met and married Eunice E. Walton from Ellsworth, Wis. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 26, 2009.

In 1947, he started working for the U.S. Postal Service in River Falls. After more than 30 years, he retired in 1978. After retirement, he started part-time work for Croixdale Treatment Center in Prescott, Wis. He worked for Croixdale for 12 years and did counseling at several different facilities, including Kinnic Falls Alcohol - Drug Abuse Services. He and Eunice spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., starting in 1978. In 1988, they moved there year round until 2005 when they returned to River Falls.

Dugan served several years as a city council member and mayor of River Falls. In the 1970s, he was appointed as a state board member representing northwestern Wisconsin on the Drug and Alcohol Council by Governor Patrick Lucy. He was one of the founding members, along with Mike Early and others, of the River Falls AA Club. He remained active for many years. He was also a past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in River Falls and a member of the St. Croix Shriners.

Dugan is survived by his beloved wife, Eunice E. Larson; children, Nancy (Earl) Nimtz, Niles, Mich., Cinda (Randy) Hohler, Hudson, Jim Larson, River Falls, Jane Larson, Hudson; daughter-in-law, Kay Larson, Hudson; grandchildren, Torie (Jayson) Andrea, Angie (Brett) Shomion, J.J. Merrimonti, Jesse Hohler, Selena Moten; great-grandchildren, Greta and Cooper Andrea, Ethan, Ben and Olivia Shomion, Parrys Moten, and Jaidyn Meaux; also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, George C. Larson III; brother, Reid Larson; sister, GloeAnn Solum.

Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S. 2nd St., River Falls. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Private family interment at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.