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Franklyn Larson

September 6, 1935 — July 20, 2013

Franklyn E. Larson, 77, of Silvis, died on July 20, 2013, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island. Services are at 10 a.m. on Friday at Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline. Burial is at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church. He was born on Sept. 6, 1935, in Walnut, son of Everett and Viona Bullington Larson. He married Sandra Sue Fordyce on June 15, 1958, in Orion Methodist Church. Frank enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and served on 105mm howitzers for one year and four months in Friedberg, Germany. He was honorably discharged in August 1956. He graduated from Walnut High School in 1953 and attended Northwestern University, Evanston, from 1953 to 1954. He graduated from Western Illinois University, Macomb, with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1959 and a Master of Science in 1961. Frank taught bookkeeping, typing, general business, health and P.E. and served as an assistant coach of football, basketball and head coach of track at Cuba High School, Cuba, Ill., from 1959 to 1962. He worked for the Department of the Army at the Rock Island Arsenal from July 1962 until he retired in February 1993. There, he served as an accountant, program analyst and operation research analyst and retired as the director of cost analysis. After his retirement, he worked part time for Courtesy Car City in Moline as a shuttle driver. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline, and served on the school board for Silvis Unit District 34. He was appointed to the Silvis Library board in 1979 and served as president from 1985, resigning in 1993. Survivors include his wife, Sue; daughters, Laura (Jeff) Kramer, Huntley, and Sarah (Mike) Bennett, Davenport; sister, Joyce Fisher, Roswell, N.M.; brother, Donald Larson, Cameron, N.C.; and grandchildren, John Franklyn and Kendall Sue-Marie Kramer. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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