HAROLD EMMONS LARVICK
McAllen, Texas Monitor
6 April 2003
HAROLD EMMONS LARVICK
WESLACO — Harold Emmons Larvick, 88, passed away Friday, April 4, 2003, at John Knox Medical Center in Weslaco.
Mr. Larvick was born February 16, 1915, in Linton, North Dakota, the son of Carl and Clara Holm Larvick. He married Claudine Swenson in 1939, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before her death in November 1997.
Raised on a farm near Temvik, North Dakota, Harold graduated from Oak Grove High School in Fargo, and received his teaching degree from Valley City Teachers College in 1937. He taught and coached in schools first in North Dakota and later in Wisconsin. During World War II, he was a shipyard welder in Superior, Wisc., and then moved to Port Wing, Wis., where he and Claudine operated a dairy farm until 1965. While living in Port Wing, Larvick was active as town clerk, as trustee of First Lutheran Church, and as president of the South Shore School Board, the Lions Club and several organizations.
In 1965, Harold began a new career for Farmers Union Insurance’s in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He became a Chartered Life Underwriter and estate planner as well as forming his own insurance business. He was President of the National Famers Union Insurance’s President’s Council, and of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Life Underwriters chapters.
A lifelong avocation of gardening led to his certification as a Master Gardener in Wisconsin and Texas. The Chippewa Falls Rose Garden was developed and maintained by Harold for several years. He and Claudine moved to Weslaco in 1986, where he was instrumental in establishing the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the American Rose Society.
Survivors include daughters, Karen Larvick (Russell Greenhagen) of Jefferson City, Mo. and Loretta Harmatuck (Donald) of Madison, Wis.; five grandchildren, Claire and Christine Sanders, Camille Rose, Diane and Peter Harmatuck; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother, Martin and sister, Margaret Larson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2003, at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Weslaco with the Rev. Harold Laursen officiating. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Serving as pallbearers will be Russell Greenhagen, Donald Harmatuck, Peter Harmatuck, the Rev. Carl Frederickson, Steven Storhoff and C.B. Shields.
Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 711 S. Iowa, Weslaco, Texas 78596 or Oak Grove High School, 124 Terrace, Fargo, N.D. 58102.
Funeral arrangements are by McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco.
Contributed by Mike Peterson.