ROSBURG - Harvey L. Larson, 89, a lifelong resident of Rosburg died May 29, 2004, at his home in Rosburg. The son of Peter and Clara (Svenson) Larson, he was born Dec. 1, 1914, in Astoria and grew up on the family dairy farm in Rosburg.
He completed his eighth-grade education at Riverside School in Rosburg. Even though high school or further education was not to be, he was quick to figure things out and was a lifelong learner. At an early age on the family farm he learned the lessons of hard work. He began working for Tidewater Logging as a logger later in other capacities in the woods. He worked at the Lower Columbia Dairy Association (LCDA) plant in Grays River producing powdered milk. Operating his own milk truck, he transported milk from local dairies to LCDA. He gillnetted on the Columbia River briefly, ran a log loader for Jim Lindros Logging, and then owned and operated his own log truck. He hauled for several local loggers, last hauling for Crown Zellerbach before retirement. He had been a part owner of the Rosburg Store in past years.
Mr. Larson had a lifelong love of boats. He owned several small yachts in which he enjoyed taking friends sport fishing and for rides. During the late 1940s he built a Monk design wooden gillnet boat, the Clare L and this boat later won the gillnet boat race three times at the Astoria Regatta. In later years he enjoyed collecting and carving wooden "working type" decoys and just last year carved two beautiful white swan decoys. He took great pride in his yard and flowering trees, always making sure they were properly groomed. In years past he was an avid clam digger.
He was a member of Long Beach Elks 1937 and was a Tall Elk. He had been active in projects for the Rosburg Community Club, including fund-raising to establish a perpetual care fund for the Rosburg Cemetery. He donated a piano in memory of Gladys Larson and Katie Larson to both the Rosburg Community Hall and the Grays River Methodist Church. He "read every word" of the newspaper on a daily basis and avidly followed all sports. He had a clear memory and could relate facts in great detail about the early days of the local area often times including great stories about those he had worked with and known, including quotes and accurate voice imitations.
He is survived by sons Terry and Tracy Larson both of Rosburg; daughter and son-in-law Clair and Daniel J. Stephan of Altoona; granddaughters Bonni Morgan of Tualatin, Ore., Marlee Burch of Naselle, and Lara Walker of Portland, Ore.; two great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters. Also surviving are step-daughters Gayanne Bicandi and Judy Holteen both of Vancouver; four step-granddaughters; two step-grandsons, 13 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by first wife Gladys in 1968, second wife Katie in 1986, brothers Delwin, Sidney and Vernon Larson; and grandson Daniel L. Stephan in October 2003.
At his request, no service will be held. Memorials in his memory may be made to either the Rosburg Community Club or the Grays River Methodist Church in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.