Paul A. Larsen was born the son of Arthur Ray and Lula Mae (Wilkinson) Larsen on March 2, 1943 in Rupert, Idaho, and departed this life December 3, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 69 years.
He was united in marriage on January 8, 1966 at the Centerpoint Church of God in Myrtle, Missouri, to Dolores Taylor.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Larsen of the home in Myrtle; one daughter, Rebecca Harrison and husband, David of West Plains, Missouri; one son, Adam Larsen and wife, Amanda of Myrtle; six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mathias, Taylor “tater bug” and Sydney Rose Harrison and Haylie Jo and “Mister” Dylan Larsen; two sisters, Mary Ellen Farney and husband, Nelson of Independence, Missouri and Clara Williams and husband, Merle of Thayer, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Joyce Taylor of Myrtle; brother-in-law, Jeff Taylor and wife, Judy; sister-in-law, Delilia Sahl and husband, Gregory; ten nieces and nephews, Mark, Joe, John, Kelly, Lori, Dawn, Lauren, Chris, Andrew and Sarah; nine great nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Lula Larsen; his father-in-law, Grover Taylor, and a special nephew, Steve Williams.
Paul was a livestock farmer and a retired rural mail carrier, serving the Koshkonong, West Plains and Thayer areas and an active member of NARFE.
He was an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He loved to water ski. When that was no longer possible, he took the same pleasure in driving the boat with his children and grandchildren on tubes behind. But his true love was trap shooting. Paul is a life member of the NRA, the Missouri Trapshooters Association, and the Ameteur Trapshooters Association. He was a NRA coach and Youth Chairman of the MTA for the past 26 years. In 1992 he founded the Youth Scholarship Fund of the MTA. He was inducted into the MTA Hall of Fame. Paul has over 150,000 registered targets with the ATA.
As a child, Paul had a burning desire to “see how it works.” Every new toy got taken apart and thoroughly examined. The fact that it might never work again did not deter him. As an adult, Paul was the person people called when they needed help to fix things, whether it was a well pump or a building. He was an outstanding citizen of the community, serving on the board of directors for the Myrtle Water Department and Myrtle Fire Department.
He was baptized at age 8 and was active in the congregational life of the Centerpoint Church of God. He was a devoted family man and a loyal friend. His greatest passions in life were his grandchildren and trap shooting.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Wednesday, December 5th, from 5:30 until 8:00 PM. Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery at Myrtle, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Missouri Trap Shooters Scholarship Fund or the Myrtle Fire Department and left at the Funeral Home.