Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robin E. Larson, 84, passed away on June 25, 2003 at the home of his daughter in Virginia Beach.
He was born Aug. 4, 1918 to Matie and Robert Larson in Cresco, Iowa. He completed 31 years of active duty in the Navy as a naval aviator and saw action in World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (with two stars), the American Defense Medal (with one star), the Asiatic Pacific (with three stars) and Legion of Merit decorations. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and saw extensive action at the Battle of Midway.
Capt. Larson kept up with an active lifestyle following his retirement. He was an avid golfer and made several "deployments" annually to hunt and fish at his cabin on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada. He loved watching the wildlife around him and raising hunting dogs for his family and neighbors to chase. His weekly roses from Heidi's Florist kept his home bright. A special loving thanks to his caretakers with whom he was able to spend the last years at his home pampered beyond belief. Love and thanks to you all.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia Anne Larson. He is survived by his two daughters, Patricia K. Hood and her husband Al of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Robyn M. Bailey and her husband Curtis of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Lisa J. Cannell and her husband Paul, Michael B. Hood, Curtis A. Bailey and Brayton H. Bailey; and great-grandchildren, Katie and Collette Cannell.
A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Hollomon Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, with the Rev. Michelle Louk officiating. Burial will follow at Princess Anne Memorial Park with full military honors accorded. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Memorial donations may be made to Baylake United Methodist Church or to Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue, P.O. Box 5674, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.
The Virginian Pilot, page B9, June 26, 2003
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