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|Galesburg Legend is Laid to Rest
|POSTED 4:06 p.m. 4/17/2010 Family, friends, and many others celebrated the life of a local legend, fittingly, through music.
Songs that included Sunny Side of the Street and Tea for Two carried through First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg Saturday afternoon at the funeral for long-time radio broadcaster and community servant Jack Larson. Larson died Tuesday at age 87 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.
Larson had a 60-plus year career in radio and was immensely popular. He was well known for his weekly radio show with Dean Lindstrom on WGIL that began in 1947 and lasted for more than 50 years. He also hosted his "Music with Memories" program that began in 1981 on WAIK radio.
Along with his long and successful broadcasting career, Larson was dedicated to his community. The Reverend David Parker said Larson had a servant's heart, a tireless work ethic and an infectious smile. He called Larson both a legend and an angel who established a legacy and affected thousands of people.
Kelsey Larson, Jack's granddaughter, read a poem she wrote in appreciation for all she learned from him.
"Thank you for teaching me to never, ever give up, to fight to the end, to try again if you're stuck. Thank you for teaching me to give 20 times what I receive, to put others before me, to help those in need. Thank you for teaching me that there is no limit to love, that hope will prevail when the going gets tough."
Kelsey Larson also sang what she called a special song that she shared with her grandfather.
Peggy Larson recalled significant dates involving her father-in-law. She mentioned November 23, 1985 -- the day she married John Larson and became a member of the family, and how Jack Larson was literally a celebrity. She also made reference to November 2, 2007 -- the day her Jack Larson was diagnosed with cancer -- and April 13, 2010 -- when she said Jack allowed himself to give up the fight and was granted freedom from pain and suffering.
Peggy Larson said she imagined Jack was dancing with his late wife Martha.
Jack Larson was laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jack Larson's funeral procession prepares to leave First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg Saturday afternoon for Memorial Park Cemetery.
(WGIL News Story and Photo by Mike Perry)
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