Al Larson, 79, passed away on April 3, 2019. He was born in Gothenburg, Nebraska on July 18, 1939.
A celebration of life was held Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Community Church in Valley Center, Kansas.
Al is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Wanda (Ackerman) Larson of Imperial and his goddaughter, Joet Haarberg of Imperial.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Susan (Thompson) Larson; their daughters Kara (Chad) Landwehr and Jennie (Jonathon) Shockley, both of Valley Center, Kansas; grandchildren Sarah (Dylan) Johnson of Omaha, Austin Shockley, Jakob Landwehr, Gracie Landwehr and Nathan Shockley, all of Valley Center, Kansas; siblings Bob (Ginny) Larson of Florida and Kay (Larson) Haarberg of Nebraska.
After serving in the United States Army, Al flew for Air Midwest and then went on to fly for 27 years at Cessna as a Production Flight Test Pilot. After retiring from Cessna, he worked as a contract pilot which took him all over the world and awarded him many adventures and stories.
Al holds a flying world record and also received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2016 for 50 years of flying.
Al enjoyed driving for Enterprise and making what he called his “beer money.” Al spent a lot of time watching his grandkids play sports, lounging in the swimming pool and working out on the farm.
He was always up for a party and always willing to help his family and friends any way he could. Al lived what he called a beautiful life and he will be missed beyond measure.