Milton N. Larson, 82, of Falcon Heights, died Nov. 25.

He was born Aug. 11, 1932, on the family farm at Castle Rock, Wis. He married Jean Slocum at Castle Rock on Dec. 6, 1953.

Milt served two years in the U.S. Army and taught high school in Thomson, Ill. He then won a scholarship from the National Science Foundation to pursue a master’s degree in science education, which he earned from the University of Northern Iowa in 1961. Milt and Jean served as Lutheran missionaries in Madagascar, where Milt was principal of the American School at Fort Dauphin and taught high school math and science from 1962 to 1980.

Returning to the United States in 1980, Milt taught at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis until his retirement in 1997.

He was dedicated to Jesus and is remembered fondly for his interests in earth science, his jokes and his twinkling eyes. His quiet wisdom touched many children, co-workers and friends.

Milt was preceded in death by his parents, Jule Larson and Cora Williams; and brother, James Larson. He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Nordeen (Arlene Libby), Carolyn (Jan Tenbruggencate), Pier (Michelle Boardman) and Maren (Ying Liu); and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Dec. 13 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.

Special thanks to Deborah, Darinda, Shedrick and Cliff for their care of Milt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lyngblomsten Foundation or Global Health Ministries.

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