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Virgil Larsen

Virgil J. Larsen

Friday, May 31st, 1935 - Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
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Virgil J. Larsen, our Hero, Dad, loving Husband, Grandpa, Uncle and Friend, passed away after a long illness on December 29, 2020 in Billings, MT.

Virgil was born to Jens Lourtis Larsen and Julia Sorensen Larsen, May 31, 1935 in McCabe, MT. He was raised on a small farm and went to school in McCabe and Sidney, MT. His best friend was his brother, LeRoy Larsen.

He was drafted by the Army in 1952 and proudly served in Germany. He married Betty Jo Redding in 1954 and together they created an amazing family which was his greatest treasure.

He worked road construction, operating heavy equipment and was instrumental in helping to build the new interstate highway system in the 1960’s. This work kept him away from his family months at a time, so in 1965 the family moved from Sidney to Billings where he started Larsen Tree Service and also worked for the City of Billings street department until his retirement. The kids remember that every year their family took the best vacations.

During his retirement, Virgil continued to work his business, Larsen Tree Service. He and Betty traveled a lot and thoroughly enjoyed life and their family.

In 2004, Betty Jo and Virgil celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Later that year, Betty Jo was called home by our Lord.

In the fall of 2005, Virgil started a new adventure. He met his lovely Shirley on an online dating site. They were immediately attracted to each other and were married April 15, 2006. Virgil and Shirley traveled a lot and enjoyed spending their summers at Fort Smith in their summer home. Their children and their families loved to visit and spend quality time with them.

Virgil spent the last 18 months at Highgate Senior Living, and we want to thank them for their loving care, especially with the COVID challenges.

Virgil is survived by his loving wife, Shirley O’Connor and her family who love him dearly. Virgil’s children, Shirleen Larsen, Star Larsen (Terry), Troy Larsen (Patti), Arlon Larsen (Dianna) as well as his blended family which includes grandchildren, great grandchildren, three very special nieces and their families and all his cherished friends.

Virgil is predeceased by his mother and father, his brother LeRoy and his beloved first love, Betty Jo.

Celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel West.
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 2:00pm
    Smith West Chapel
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Interment

    Terrace Gardens Cemetery
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Reception

    Smith West Chapel
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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Brad & Nikki Miller, Laurie Reichenberg, Betty & Vicki Volz

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Donna Hoffman

Posted at 08:00am
We are so blessed to have Virgil as part of our family. We will always remember him as a kind, considerate, soft spoken and gentle man. We have many wonderful memories of our times together. Thank you Lord for the time he and Mom had together.

Janice & Tim

Posted at 12:05pm
We will always remember Virgil as one of the kindest and most gentle men we have ever met. Our hearts are filled with warmth when we remember our visits to Fort Smith and seeing the great pleasure he took in tending to the yard and his many roses. We are thankful to have had Virgil as a part of our lives.
With Love and Respect,
Janice Beaudry and Tim Kennedy

Rhonda Gilbert

Posted at 01:34pm
I love 💘 my uncle beyond words. He and my dad as they got older i saw how much they meant to each other dad worshipped his brother..just as i do my sisters and family was so important we spent so my of our childhood on up to adulthood with our cousins because of dad and uncle. His death doesn't close that book our family grows and we will hopefully continue the love and close family tie the 2 brothers created. They are together again and that calms my spirit

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