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Dr. Richard J. Larsen

Dr. Richard J. Larsen     “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

COUDERSPORT, PA---Dr. Richard J. Larsen, 79, of Coudersport, PA, passed this life on Monday, April 22, 2013, following an enjoyable round of golf at the Coudersport Golf Club.  His only regret in life was that he missed his birdie putt on his final hole of golf.  However, he would have wanted it to be known to all his fellow golfers that he did make his par putt.
     Born the first baby of the New Year on January 1, 1934 in Muskegon, Michigan, he was the son of Dr. Emil C. Larsen and Dr. Kathryn Stevenson Larsen.  On October 30, 1965, at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Mary Ann Halloran, who survives.
     Richard, known as Doc or Chum to all of his friends, was a 1951 graduate of Wellsville High School and a 1955 graduate of Alfred University.  After working as a chemist for General Electric, he decided to follow the career path taken by his parents and enrolled at The Palmer School of Chiropractic.  Richard worked for John Deere while in chiropractic school and he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1960.  Richard practiced as a chiropractor for 48 years before passing his practice on to his son, Michael.  He truly enjoyed being a chiropractor and he loved both treating and visiting with his patients.  Patients were always reminded which of his eight children they were helping him to put through college.
     Richard was very generous with his family, friends and community.  Intelligent, fair, honest, and unabashed, Richard’s advice was sought by many.  He was politically active, and he served on a number of organizational boards, including Coudersport Public Library’s Board of Directors.  He enjoyed playing cards and reading.  He loved playing golf and was an avid Notre Dame fan.  After 25 years of persuasion from Monsignor W. R. Griffin, Richard joined the Roman Catholic faith.  Richard was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, the Coudersport Golf Club, the Knights of Columbus and other community organizations.  Richard was also the official walker of the Larsen family dogs, Onyx, Nina and Stanley.
     Richard’s true passion and source of pride was his family.  In addition to his adoring wife, Mary, Richard is survived by eight loving children: Patrick (Karen) Larsen of Coudersport, Michael (Nicole) Larsen of Coudersport, Mary Kathryn (Robert Harby) Moscardelli of Fair Haven, NJ, Thomas (Heather) Larsen of Goshen, NY, Maureen Larsen of Seattle, WA, John (Amy) Larsen of Aspinwall, Kathleen Larsen of Seattle, WA, and Meghan (Timothy) Reidy of Mount Lebanon.  Richard is also survived by his grandchildren, Magdalen Larsen, Carly Larsen, Nicholas Moscardelli, Gabriella Moscardelli, Daniel Harby, Elizabeth Harby, Katherine Harby, Lucy Larsen, Charles Larsen, Andrew Larsen, Leah Larsen, Lilianna Larsen, and Ruth Reidy, all of whom knew Grampy was the easiest source of snacks, money or ice cream.  
     Richard was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Robert; and his sister, Jeanne; however, Richard leaves many other surviving family members, including two stepsisters; a stepbrother; many nieces and nephews; his sisters-in-law, Georgia Merrick and Corrine Larsen; and his brother-in-law, Jack Halloran.
     Richard passed on to the next life doing something he loved and without suffering or lengthy illness.  While he will be sadly missed by his family and friends, we are all grateful for the time that we spent with him and quite enriched by the wisdom and laughter that he shared with us.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport.  Father James C. Campbell, pastor, and Father Joseph V. Dougherty, pastor of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton, will be concelebrants.  Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.
     Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Coudersport Golf Club, PO Box 446, Coudersport, PA 16915.


We have been thinking and praying for Katie and all of her family this week.  Faith and family will get you through these days.  Peace always.

The Moran Family Apr 27 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Larsen Family,
I am keeping you all in my prayers and in my heart
during your time when you are celebrating the life of "Doc"
may you hold each other close, and keep his spirit alive with your many
Wonderful memories. Katie is a shining star at St Joseph's and we love her!!

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

sending love and light- Molly Crocker

Molly Crocker Apr 26 2013 12:00 AM

We all should aspire to have success like your father, husband, uncle and grandfather.  Success in his profession, in his community, and most importantly with his family.  You all should be proud and you're in our thoughts and prayers.  RIP Doc!

Derrick Gooch and Family Apr 26 2013 12:00 AM

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die.  Tell me what lies on the other side."   Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."  

"You don't know?  You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"  The doctor was holding the handle of the door.  On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.  Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog?  He's never been in this room before.  He didn't know what was inside.  He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.  I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing.  I know my Master is there and that is enough."  

May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

Sue Mitchell Apr 26 2013 12:00 AM

Was sorry sorry to  hear of Dr. Larsen's passing.  He was such a nice man. Alway enjoyed visiting with him . My sympathy to  his family as i know he will be greatly missed by them all. RIP Dr. Larsen.

Jo Ann Boller Apr 25 2013 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Larsen family on the loss of your loved one.  Dr. Larsen was a good man.

Rebecca Janiszewski Apr 25 2013 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss.  Chum was great man and will be truly missed.

Eldy and Mary Smith Apr 25 2013 12:00 AM

Sending many prayers to the whole Larsen Clan!  What a great man your husband, father, grandpa was!  He will fondly live on in all your memories!
Cherish this time together to laugh, cry and reminisce!

Cedergreen Family Apr 24 2013 12:00 AM

Please accept my sympathy and condolences for your loss.  May your faith keep you strong at this time of sorrow.

m j  knight

m j knight Apr 24 2013 12:00 AM

It is with heavy heart that I write this message.  Doc and I had a "nice" visit just a few days prior.  We were catching up on family, friends and just trying to figure out life in general.  His sense of humor,  his kindness, his love for his family and dedication to patients and friends made him a pillar of our community.  May God's promise comfort you knowing that he is still trying for that "perfect putt!"

Bob Campbell Apr 24 2013 12:00 AM

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