Clifford Orville Larson, a son of Oscar and Olina (Sorenson) Larson, was born in the rural Berwick home of his parents on Jan. 24, 1927. He died at the age of 85 years on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.
Clifford was raised in the rural Berwick home of his parents, baptized in the Berwick Lutheran Church and received his education in the Norway District #2 rural school near his home. After his schooling, he worked on the family farm and honed his mechanical skills. On June 15, 1945, he was inducted into the Army Air Force and served as a mechanic until his honorable discharge on Nov. 7, 1946. Following his tour of duty, Clifford returned to the Berwick area and began to farm. He was united in marriage to Marcella Elverud on Oct. 28, 1951, in the Berwick Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, the couple made their home and farmed south of Berwick until 1957, when Clifford and Marcella moved to Towner where he started working for Carl Lindberg as a mechanic in the John Deere Implement. Clifford eventually purchased the implement, took in his brother, Arnold as partner and they operated it together until 1978, when they sold it. Marcella died Jan. 10, 1975. On June 6, 1975, he was united in marriage to Twila Mongeon Stevenson at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Towner. Clifford was elected McHenry County Sheriff in 1978 and served in that capacity until 1991.
Clifford was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post #34, both Towner, for 53 years and the North Dakota Peace Officers Association. He had served as a Towner Council member for several terms and 19 years as chief of the Towner Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by: his wife, Twila; stepchildren, Wayne (Theone) Stevenson of Rugby, Celeste (Kyle) Hanson, of Minot, and Kaloa (Robert) Wade, of Dickinson; his stepgrandchildren, Travis Hiller, April Hiller, Christie Chernick, Richard Wade, Scott Wade and Eric Stevenson; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Arnold, of Towner; his best friend and pal, Kramer the cat; sister-in-law, Marion Nelson, Rugby; brother-in-law, Duane Elverud, Ulm, Mont.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marcella; one sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and Morris Halvorson; and his parents.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., in Zion Lutheran Church in Towner. Burial with full military honors in Union Cemetery, Towner. Pastor Linda Wimmer, and Wally Fretland officiating.
Visitation will be Sunday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Towner and will continue for one hour prior to the time of services at the church on Monday.
Memorials in his memory may be directed to the Towner Fire, Ambulance & Rescue, the Zion Lutheran Church of Towner or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).