Kerry Larson

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May 27, 1956 – April 15, 2014.
The memorial service for Kerry Larson, 57, of McLaughlin was held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLaughlin. Kerry passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge was in charge of arrangements. Kerry was born May 27, 1956 in Watertown to Sherman “Shorty” and Ruby (Falde) Larson. He lived on a farm near Hayti until November 16, 1962 when the family moved to a farm near Bullhead. He attended school in McLaughlin, graduating in 1974. He attended SDSU in Brookings, graduating in 1978 with a BS in Physical Education and Economics. Kerry had started swimming in McLaughlin and continued during his time at SDSU. He started teaching in McLaughlin in August, 1978 as a teacher and swim coach. He lived on the family farm helping his father until Sherman's death in 1983. He married Dorothy Moriarty on January 3, 1987 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLaughlin. Twins were born in Bismarck, ND on May 16, 1990 bringing the family to a total of 7. The family moved into McLaughlin in 1999. Kerry began working at the Corson/Sioux County News-Messenger for Merle Lofgren in 2000. He purchased the paper in 2008. Kerry enjoyed camping, boating and tubing on the river, gardening, growing anything, farming, carpentry, playing cards and John Deere tractors. He loved coaching, and enjoyed supporting all five children as they swam competitively as well as following and supporting the Northern State University Girls Swim Team, on which his daughter Brooke swam. He was a member of McLaughlin Lions and past president of McLaughlin Education Association. Kerry had been battling bone cancer and had been traveling to Chicago every three weeks for the last three years for experimental treatment. Kerry is survived by his wife Dorothy of McLaughlin; five children—Dyneil (Mitch) Moriarty and Sean "Tim" (Nichole) Moriarty of Denver, CO, Shannon (Pat) Moriarty Dutisman of Boise, ID, Erik Larson of McLaughlin, and Danielle "Brooke" Larson of Spartanburg, SC; grandchildren— Daylyn Moriarty, Keely Moriarty, Laken Hildebrant, MiLeey Carry Moccasin, Dezmon Carry Moccasin, Riley Dutisman, and Sean Dutisman; two brothers, Dan Larson of Morristown and Martin Larson of Timber Lake; two sisters, Valerie (George) Chalmers of McLaughlin and Melinda Larson of Milbank; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and his two dogs, Pookey and Pauley. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Gateway for Cancer Research,1336 Basswood Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173. (The family’s address is Box 788, McLaughlin, SD 57642.)
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