Mark A. Larson

Born: Sun., Nov. 25, 1962
Died: Fri., Apr. 5, 2013


Visitation

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 09, 2013
Location: Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd, Geneseo


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Apr. 10, 2013
Location: St. Malachy's Catholic Church


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Mark A. Larson, 50, of Geneseo, IL passed away Friday, April 5, 2013 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.  Funeral services celebrating Mark’s life will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Burial will follow in Dayton Corners Cemetery, Colona, IL.  Visitation for Mark will be 3-8 PM Tuesday, April 9th at the funeral home.  Memorials may be left to the Mark Larson Memorial Fund.   The family requests casual attire for those attending.

Mark was born November 25, 1962 in Moline, IL, the son of Lester and Lillian (Bekerian) Larson.  He was a 1981 graduate of J.D. Darnall High School in Geneseo and was united in marriage to Phyllis Gay Peasley on December 4, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV.  He was the co-founder, co-owner with his brother, and President of Rock River Arms, Inc. of Colona, IL.   Mark was a member of the NRA, OGCA, ISRA, and Illinois Firearms Manufactures Association.  He enjoyed mushrooming, fishing for crappies, gardening, his cars, and cooking and feeding his family and friends.  He loved his dogs, Daisy, Dozer, and Rowdy, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include  his wife: Gay; his parents: Lester and Lillian Larson of Cleveland, IL; 2 brothers and 1 sister-in-law: Michael Larson of Carbon Cliff and Lester C. “Chuck” (Melissa) Larson Jr. of Geneseo; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Lisa (Gary) Sides of Cleveland, IL and Linda (Jim) White of Cleveland, IL; 12 nieces and nephews: Chad, Jennie, Matt, Jeremy; Sara, Katie, Kenneth, Kassandra, Kyle, Jake, Trenton, and Logan; and 4 great nieces and nephews: Kaya, Gage, Paige, and Bradlee.

Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, 2 uncles, 2 cousins, and loyal companion, Saddie.  

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The Bensenberg Family
   Posted Sat April 06, 2013
Dear Gay and the entire Larson family,

We are deeply saddened to hear of Mark's passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. You have been in our thoughts and prayers for several days and will continue to be. Mark was a kind and generous person whom we enjoyed being around. It was always an entertaining time when he popped in for a visit at our home! We will miss him dearly~ may he rest in peace.

Brad, Tina, Mitchell and Taylor Bensenberg

Jim & Lois Merrill
   Posted Sat April 06, 2013
To the whole family we are sadden by your loss Prayers to the family, friends. RIP We are out of town...so sad we won't be their to say the good byes...Celebrate his Life Memories and Love will get you through this,,,,He's in our hearts forever... Life is too too short. Hugs

Shari Henninger Richardson
   Posted Sat April 06, 2013
Lester, Lillian, Linda, Lisa, Mike, Chuck, Gay, and families,

You all have my deepest sympathy. Mark was like my little brother growing up. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with all of you at this time.

Meliss Egert
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
So sorry for your loss!

Tracy Griffin Wilcox
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. I am sure that Dad and Mark will be causing trouble again in heaven.

Ryan Erichsen
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
To the Larson family I would like to say I am deeply sorry for the loss.

RIP Mark. You were one hell of a man, an awesome boss, and a genuine good person. Its way too soon to say goodbye. Lots of good times and funny memories will always remain. Thank you!

Diane {Ross} Browning
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Dear Lisa...so very to hear of your brothers passing. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. I had met your Mom when Pat was back here last time, we had stopped at her house. Let us know if there is anything we can do. Love you!

Tracey DeBlieck Blair
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
So sorry for the to hear about the loss of Mark.....I will be keeping all in my thoughts & prayers.

Karen and Allen Aubin
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Our love and support to the Larson family -


Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. ~Author Unknown

Love Karen Sue and Allen

Mike and Wanda Lucas
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Gay, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you over the last week and will continue to be with you and your family.

Kate (Michels) Pulse
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go put to all of you on your loss. Kate

Chuck & Ann Ellis
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Gay & the Larson Family,

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Mark's passing. With a smile we remember coming to share in the awesome food Mark would cook and knew that we better leave a little food on our plate at all times or he would fill it up again. Another memory that makes us chuckle is the times at Barrett Jackson car auction. Anyone who knew Mark knew that if he was bidding on a car, you may as well stop bidding because he would bid until he got it :) He was a very generous and caring man with a huge heart and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Chuck & Ann Ellis


Douglas B. Tunno
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Dear Gay and family,
Please accept our condolences, our hearts and thoughts are with you and the Larson family. I have known the Larson family for twenty five years, I will miss Mark terribly. Rock River Arms was built by Mark and the Larson family, a family which cares about, and stands by their products 110%. Rock River Arms Innovation, quality control and technology will all ways be first in a very competitive business. Mark,Gay,Chuck,family and staff have, and will never accept anything less.
Joy & Douglas B. Tunno

Deb and Mike Zemo and Family
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Our sincerest sympathies to the Larson family on the loss of your beloved Mark. Our hearts are heavy for you at this difficult time. Mark had a love for life and a very generous soul that can never be duplicated.

Condolences,

Mike, Deb, and Family




Deb Berglund
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Lisa, Sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I can't be there for you. Your in my heart and thoughts. If I can do anything let me know. Love Deb

Lewis & Linda Meyers
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
We are so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our deepest sympathies are with you.

John Pavelka
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Gay and entire family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find some releif knowing how many lives Mark had touched.

Jim & Crissie Davis
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
We are so very sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God watch over you and keep you well.

Dan Esterlein
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
So sorry for your loss, your family will be in my prayers.

Gene Heller, Ohio
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Gay and family--the sad news has just reached us! We are very sorry for your lose. Mark always had time to talk with people!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Larson Family!! May God comfort you during this most difficult time!!

Rand
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
I would like to express my condolences to Gay, the Larson family, friends, and the Rock River Arms crew. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chris Panouses and staff of Uncle Petes
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I am shocked and saddened at the news of Marks passing,no words can express my deepest sympathy to his family and dearest friends. May his memory be eternal, and may God guide Marks family through this difficult time...
Chris Panouses

Ron Hartman
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Dear Chuck and the Larson Family:

I'm so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. Your family is in my prayers.

Arizona Junior Rifle Team
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Our deepest sympathies are sent to the Larson family, and RRA. Mark was a generous and heartwarming person who bent over backwards to support the Junior shooters of our country. He will be sorely missed.

Phylis Dalldorf
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay and the entire Larson Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss of Mark. I have fond memories of the great times and laughs we had at SA functions when I was married to Mark (Stuart). I know the memories you carry in your hearts will bring tears, laughs, smiles, and comfort knowing Mark the way you did. May God's love and those memories be with you now and always. With my sincerest sympathies,
Phylis Dalldorf

Zach & Rhoni Perrine
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Mark will be missed by many. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Vicki Sorensen
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
So sorry about your loss, may he rest in peace!

JoAnna Tucker
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I would like to express my condolences to Gay and the Larson family. I had the fortune to meet Mark on just one occasion but he seemed to be a genuine and generous man. Rest in Peace Mark.

Keith and Nancy Hamerlinck
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your entire family.

Lindsay Achenbach
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay and Family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Mark was a wonderful man and I am so blessed to have known him. I will always smile when thinking of him! My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you and the whole family in this time.
Love all of you!

Lisa M. Stoddard-Hubble, Custom-Pak
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Our most heartfelt condolences to Mark's family and friends. We are saddened by this news. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Custom-Pak

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Peters, Metaloy Industries, Inc.
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
We want to express our sympathy to the Larson Family at this difficult time. He will be missed in the firearms industry. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you all.

Joan Stohl
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Wishing you comfort through all of the good memories. With deepest sympathy to Gay and the entire family.

Julie Lindsey
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay, Chuck, Mike and Family, So sorry to hear about Mark. Mark was one of a kind, he was a great man. He'll never be forgotten and will be missed by so many. May he rest in peace!

Steven S.Baum
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I never had the pleasure of meeting this giant of a man of the gun industry.
But I own a few of his products and I am proud to say he really knew his stuff.
Passing so young is horrible,and I mourn and pray for his loved ones in this time of grief.
Smoke & Prayers .

Greg & Maggie Casteel
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
So sorry to hear of Mark's passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Larson family.

Eric and Gail Thompson
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Chuck, Melissa, and the entire Larson Family. We are deeply saddened about the loss of your brother Mark. Our hearts go out to everyone and know that his memories will stay with you and keep Mark alive in your hearts. Our deepest sympathy for everyone. If we can do anything to help, please call us. Our Love and Prayers are with you now as they have always been. God Bless you all. Love Uncle Eric, Aunt Gail, Shawn, Scott, & Sara Thompson as well as Neva West.

Beard Family
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Our hearts are so saddened by the loss of Mark. Please know, that we will be praying for all of you.

Cindy Drasen
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay, Chuck and the Rock River family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has been in my prayers. Mark will be missed.

Joe and Lorrie Boian
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay and Family,

We are so, so sorry for your loss. He was much too young and full of life for this to happen. We could not believe it when we got the news!! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and may God give you comfort knowing Mark is up in Heaven raising hell, having a beer and ready to fish! He will surely be missed by all that knew him.

Joe and Lorrie Boian

Tom Holmes
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
My condolences to your family - I had met Mark occasionally through ISRA and always enjoyed talking with him - a great person with a great attitude who will be missed - So sorry, but God will enjoy his free spirit and his company I am sure!

Joe Lucania, Devil Dog Arms
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the family of Mark and the RRA Family. I met Mark a couple times and have talked to him about how they started and grew and he was a very nice man happy to share... The industry will miss him!

Ryan Nicholas
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I am so saddened and sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I pray that God Almighty comfort the entire Larson and RRA family during this difficult time.

KAREN & FRANK BYRNE BBC WEAPONS IN HIRAM OHIO
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
GAY..AND FAMILY..FRANK AND I WERE SHOCKED TO HEAR OF MARK'S PASSING..OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW AT THE ROCK RIVER FAMILY...PLEASE ACCEPT OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY....

Pat and Sheri Stohl
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay and the Larson Family,
We were so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless - Pat and Sheri

Les & Kathy Anderson
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
To the family of Mark Larson,
As President & Secretary of Ft. Defiance Rifle Pistol Club we would like to extend our deepest sympathy in your loss.

Mark was always a great assest to our Junior program and will truly be missed.

You and your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Paul & Kate Ryan
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Gay, Chuck, Mike, and Families -- Paul and I were shocked by this news, and we are so very sorry. We both enjoyed and had some great times working and partying with Mark and all of you. Our son works at Bullseye Shooting Range here in Wichita, and has kept us up to speed on the great products and business you created. We're proud to have known you "way back when". We send our love and our condolences. Sincerely, Kate

Ross Carter
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

John & Gail DeSantis
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Mark will be missed by all of us in the Firearms industry, our payers and thoughts are with the Larson family and the Rock River family.

John DeSantis (Retired CEO of Bushmaster Firearms)

Terri VanKlaveren Martin
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Bill Wilson
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
All of use here at Wilson Combat send our sympathy and condolences. Mark was a great asset to the gun industry and will be missed a lot. Our prayers go out to the family and RRA employees.

Barry Kinkead
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Dear Gay,

With an overwhelming saddened heart I wish to share a prayer to you and the Larson family on your loss of a very wonderful man that I had the privileged to know and grow with as a child and young adult. I can call Mark a brother even though time away has been long and the distance has been far since we have parted ways.

Lester, Lillian, Mike, Linda, Lisa, and Chuck,
From my family to yours, may God bless Mark's soul and comfort yours.

They are many people out in the world right now writing tributes and kind words to a man that will be missed.

I am truly sorry for your loss!

Shane Lewis
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I am saddened I did not have the opportunity to get to know Mark better. However, I am deeply sorry for your loss and the Larson family is in my prayers in this difficult time.


R.W. "Bob" Griffin
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Gay, and the entire family, in the Q.C. and R. R. A. Iam so sorry for "OUR" loss, it is everybody's Mark was a friend, met him and Gay at E.M. Speedway, always a laugh. had a great time , every time, Mark was a kind and generous man, and will be missed, may God take care of our friend, til we all meat again! R.I.P. Mark

Bob

Brad Toone
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Dear Gay and the Larson family,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mark. You, your family and the entire RRA team are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Brad Toone and your friends at Hanford Insurance Agency

Vicki (Griffin) Lemenager
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Gay and the entire Larson family:

So sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers!! May God watch over you and comfort you during this difficult time.

God Bless - Vicki

The Tumans
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
We are very sorry to hear of Marks passing. I went to School with Mark and Chuck but have been out of touch for quite sometime even though I live around the corner from the shop. Take care and God bless.

Bill, Winnie, Scott and TJ Tuman

The Staff and Employees at AO Precision
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013

To the Larsen Family,

We at AO Precision were deeply saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark was a pleasure to work with and was a valued and dear customer. Everyone here enjoyed his visits and his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Our prayers go out to your family,

AO Precision Staff and Employees

Robbie Semon & Donna Collins
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Larson family and those at Rock River Arms. Mark will truly be missed. Our deepest sympathy.

Robbie Semon - Lone Star Wholesale
Donna Collins - Texas Star Group

Donnie and Krystal Pridemore
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Gay, Chuck, and family,

It was with great disbelief that I learned of Marks passing. We extend our deepest sympathies in the loss of this great man. You have all been very kind to us in the past, and we haven't forgotten that. God bless.

Gerry and Barb Handy
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Mark was a great man with a huge heart! Although we had only known Mark for a few short years, his love of life and the fun times we spent together was way too short. His presence and humor always made people smile. He will be greatly missed and we will think of him every day and remember the joy that he brought to everyone he was around. May he rest in peace.

God Bless you and the entire Rock River Arms Family during this extremely difficult time.

Gerry and Barb Handy

Connie Griffin
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Larson family so sorry about your loss. Mark was a great person. My prays and heart go out to the family. HUGS Connie Griffin

Katt Thompson
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Gay and the Larson family, we are shocked and saddened are the loss of Mark and wish to express our sincerest sympathies to all. From all the nurses at Trinity Rock Island Cardiac Treatment Unit.

Donna Preston - Pitt County Sheriff's Office
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
To the entire Rock River Arms Company - Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Ronnie & Penny Perdue
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Our condolences to the entire Larson Family & Rock River Arms. We never met Mark but we have watched programs he was on. God be with you during this time.

Toledo Area Highpower League
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Our deepest sympathies are sent to the Larson family. Mark was always very generous in support of our awards banquet & shooters at Camp Perry. You & Your family will be in out thoughts & prayers

Ed Helm
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Dear Gay, Chuck & Family, I was saddened by your loss and not being able to personally express my condolences as I was out of town. I've witnessed how all your hard work has built a business you can all be proud of. I will always think of Mark being part of Rock River Arms story. May your happy memories help comfort you all in the weeks to come. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Ed Helm

Deana Miller
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
So sad to hear of your great loss. May God carry you through this very difficult time.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Levi Lucas
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Mark Larson you were my second father. The last 18 years of my life were spent with you and gay. You raised me and took care of me like your own. You've been with my dad the last 32 years and I thank you for being his best friend. I love you and thank you for being one of my best friends. I love you mark Larson. Rest in paradise my friend.

Jody L Cupp (Frank)
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Gay,
I know how you are feeling right now. Keep those treasured memories close and know that Mark Loved You Very Much. Call me any time your Mother has my number.

Dick & Sharon Swan & A.R.M.S.,Inc.
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
We would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Les and Cindy Lucas & Family
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
The void you leave will be a trial. Our guide, our reason, through joy and turmoil in every season.
You were our ROCK
You lived & loved the RIVER
You now rest in GOD's ARMS

We're going to miss you my friend!

Dan Edwards
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Gay, Chuck and the Larson Family,

Please except my deepest condolence and sympathy for Marks death. The only for sure thing on the day you are born is that one day God will bring you home to him for whatever reason he may have. Unfortunately many times it is long before we wish to see our loved ones leave us.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan and Donna Edwards

Debbie Lybrand
   Posted Mon April 15, 2013
Gay and family,

We have just learned of Mark's passing and wished to express our sincerest sympathies. May God's love support you and keep you during this difficult and sad time.

Debbie and Charles Lybrand, previous owners of The TPS Group Tidewater Packaging Services

Mooney's Firearms
   Posted Sun April 13, 2014
We wish the Rock River Arms Family our condolences.

Mooney's


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