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Memorial services set for former head of halfway house

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Bob Larson, executive director from 1974-1998 of the Kinnic Falls Halfway House, 900 Orange St., died Wednesday after a three-week stay at the Kinnic Long Term Care Facility. He was 73 and had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis since June.

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Bob's wife Delores was the assistant executive director during the same period at the halfway house.

Their daughter, Sunny Gerten, said the couple loved traveling to faraway places like South Africa, China and across Europe. Gerten said her mother said they were "world travelers."

When Bob and Delores retired from running the local halfway house, board of directors president Bill Campbell called them "the heart and soul of Kinnic Falls."

After leaving Kinnic Falls, Bob stayed active in "retirement," stocking shelves at EconoFoods and driving deliveries for the school district. He was later hired as a golf ranger at Kilkarney Hills and at Clifton Hollow.

A memorial visitation for Bob Larson will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday at St. Bridget Catholic Church. A memorial service follows at 11 a.m.

A private burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family asks that memorials for Bob Larson be sent to Kinnic Falls Alcohol and Drug Services. Those funds will be used for extended stay (room and board) services for halfway house clients.

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