HOUGHTON - Sheldon D. "Moose" Larson, 88, a resident of Houghton, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his home.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Aug. 23, 1924, a son of the late Clarence and Verna (Rhoades) Larson and graduated from the Bloomington High School in Minneapolis.
Moose was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1946 to 1966.
On Oct. 2, 1946, he was married to the former Geraldine Hazel in Englewood, Colo. While serving in the military, Moose and Geraldine lived in various places. In 1958, they moved to Houghton where Moose was affiliated with Michigan Technological University's ROTC. He remained there for eight years, retiring in 1966, attaining the grade of Master Sergeant. After retirement, Moose joined the ranks of the Athletic Department at Tech. His professional career at MTU spanned 20 years, (1966-86) during which time he served as rifle coach from 1959-75, assistant football coach from 1964-65, athletic equipment supervisor from 1966-86 and golf coach from 1975-80. Although he retired in August of 1986, he continued his support of the MTU athletic programs by volunteering his time as official timekeeper at MTU basketball games from 1965-1992, and was a longtime supporter of The Huskies Club.
Always looking out for the best interests of Michigan Tech athletics, Moose was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame as a builder on Oct. 24, 1992.
Moose was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton, where he sang in the church choir. He was a life member of Knight of Columbus Council 13115, a member of the American Legion Alfred Erickson Post 186 of Hancock and a member of the former Hancock Elks Club.
He golfed on the Wyandotte and Portage Lake Golf Leagues and was an avid league bowler. Moose enjoyed playing cribbage and the Friday night Bridge Club, fishing, hunting, boating and playing racquetball. He was a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers. He loved spending time at family camp in Twin Lakes during deer season and sitting around the campfire. He especially loved being with family and his grandchildren.
Surviving are two sons, three daughters and 12 grandchildren, Charlene "Peach" Loyd of Longmont, Colo., and her children, Jena, Nathan and Jeremy, Maxine Larson of Houghton and her daughter, Kelly (Mats) Vaktskjold, Doug (Pat) Larson of Houghton and their daughter, Ashley; Dale (Dianne) Larson of Oakland Township, Mich., and their children, Emily, Sarah, Scott and Maggie; Christine "Tina" (Phil) LaBeau of Three Lakes, Wis., and their children, Nicole, Megan and Stephanie; three great-grandchildren, Orion, Aribella and Nevaeh; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, Moose was also preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine, on Nov. 28, 2000; and two brothers, Richard and Vernon.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the first floor staff at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility and Portage Health Hospice for their kindness, compassion and care given to Moose.
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton, with Fr. John Martignon as celebrant. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the church, where the Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church until the time of Mass. Spring burial with military rites will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the MTU Huskies Club in the name of Sheldon Larson.
Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.