News Messenger owner Kerry Larson dies April 15

Kerry Larson

Kerry Larson

Memorial services for Kerry Larson, 57, of McLaughlin, were held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLaughlin.
Kerry passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Kerry was born May 27, 1956, in Watertown to Sherman “Shorty” and Ruby (Falde) Larson. He lived on a farm near Hayti until Nov. 16, 1962, when the family moved to a farm near Bullhead. He attended school in McLaughlin, graduating in 1974. He attended SDSU in Brookings, graduating in 1978 with a BS in physical education and economics. Kerry had started swimming in McLaughlin and continued it during his time at SDSU.
He started teaching in McLaughlin in August of 1978 as a teacher and swim coach. He lived on the family farm, helping his father until Sherman’s death in 1983.
He married Dorothy Moriarty on Jan. 3, 1987, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Twins were born in Bismarck, N.D., on May 16, 1990, bringing the family to a total of seven. The family moved into McLaughlin in 1999. Kerry began working at the Corson/Sioux County News-Messenger for Merle Lofgren in 2000. He purchased the paper in 2008.
Kerry enjoyed camping, boating and tubing on the river, gardening, growing anything, farming, carpentry, playing cards and John Deere tractors. Kerry was also the cook for the Cottonwood Ranch branding crew when he was in high school. He loved coaching and enjoyed supporting all five children as they swam competitively as well as following and supporting the Northern State University girls’ swim team, which his daughter, Brooke swam in college, around the western part of the country.
He was a member of the McLaughlin Lions, McLaughlin Volunteer Fire Dept., and past president of the McLaughlin Education Association.
Kerry had been battling bone cancer, which for some unknown reason was starting in the soft tissue for the last five years and he had been traveling to Chicago every three weeks for the last three years for experimental treatment.
Kerry is survived by his wife, Dorothy of McLaughlin; children, Dyneil Moriarty (Mitch Carry Moccasin) of Denver, Colo., Sean “Tim” (Nichole) Moriarty of Denver, Shannon (Pat) Moriarty Dustisman of Boise, Idaho, Erik Larson of McLaughlin and Danielle “Brooke” Larson of Spartanburg, S.C.; grandchildren, Daylyn Moriarty, Keely Moriarty, Laken Hildebrant, MiLeey Carry Moccasin, Dezmon Carry Moccasin, Riley Dustisman and Sean Dustisman; his two dogs, Pookey and Polly; brothers, Dan Larson of Morristown and Martin Larson of Timber Lake; sisters, Valerie (George) Chalmers of McLaughlin and Melinda Larson of Milbank; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge was entrusted with the arrangements.

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