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Ronald G. "Pete" Larsen, 71, of Moorhead, Minn., died March 30, 2014. A memorial service was held on April 10 at Richville United Methodist Church, with burial in the Richville Village Cemetery.

Pete was born Feb. 8, 1943 and was raised on the family farm in Richville, on Dead Lake. He attended country school and Perham High School, from where he graduated in 1960. Pete enlisted in the Air National Guard, serving overseas in Japan. In 1964, he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska during the big earthquake.

He was married to Sharon Brekke in 1967 and together they had two children. They later divorced. Pete retired from the Happy Hooligans in 2001. He spent many weekends at his cabin on Dead Lake and had a big place in his heart for animals; feeding stray cats and adopting older dogs from shelters.

Pete is survived by his daughters, Sheila (Rob) Jacobson, Perham and Stacy (Nate) Chesley, Wray, Colo.; three granddaughters, Kendra, Tyla and Harper; his mother, Bessie Larsen, Perham; sister, Donna Nagel, Perham; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death is his father, Donald Larsen.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham, handled the arrangements. For online condolences, visit