Norman "Nope" Larson, 74, of Decorah, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Winneshiek Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to the Winneshiek County Hospice. Services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Decorah Lutheran Church, with Rev. Dave Sorenson and Rev. Bryan Robertson officiating. Organist was Kathy Murray. Soloist was Cindy Schissel. Lector was Pat Wood. Hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "Go Rest High On That Mountain." Special music was "Dancing in the Sky" and "Daddy's Hands." Interment is at Freeport Cemetery in Decorah in the spring. Honorary casketbearers are David Carlson, Rick Carlson, Dan Granstaf, Loren "Slim" Tallman and all the Fred Carlson employees. Casketbearers are Ryan Kipp, Lewie Olson, Mark Berge, Russell Einck, Allan Dahlen and Cal Drew. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Sutton and Duane Larson for taking Nope to his appointments. To Tracy Dostal for all of her special help. Also to Ryan Einck, Russell Einck, Jim Mensen, Kevin Barth, Mark Berge, Craig Faldet and Dan Alberts for helping out with the snow and around the yard.
Norman Roy "Nope" Larson, was born Nov. 24, 1939, the son of Southwick and Marjorie (Sweet) Larson in Joice. He graduated from Kensett High School in Kensett in 1957. Nope served in the U.S. Army from 1959-62. He returned and went to work for the Fred Carlson Company for 53 years and also for Knife River, retiring in 2008. Nope was an equipment operator and superintendent for Carlson's and always was remembered for wearing a polka dotted hat to work. After retirement he babysat for his grandchildren, Bella and Kole, in Protivin for three years. Nope enjoyed dancing, hunting, playing cards, going to the races, snowmobiling and visiting with friends in the garage and around the firepit. He also enjoyed singing to country music and with his family. Nope was given his nickname by his brother, Duane. It started out as "Roper" to "Noper" and then onto 'Nope" which has stuck for many years.
Nope is survived by his wife, Cindy Larson, Decorah; three children: Susie (Ryan Huinker) Larson, Ossian; Katie (Kyle) Stika, Protivin; and Steve (Malory Hartong) Larson, Decorah. Four grandchildren: Bella, Kole and Josie Stika and Tate Larson; one brother, Duane (Arlene) Larson, Decorah; three sisters: Louise Haugebak, Northwood, Merle Statzer, Mason City and Dorothy ("Bud") Williams, Northwood; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Dolores Pecinovsky, Protivin; one brother-in-law, Ron (Val) Pecinovsky, Protivin; along with several nieces and nephews.
Nope was preceded in death by his parents, Southwick and Marjorie (Sweet) Larson; three sisters: Lorraine (Frank) Kasik, Marcella (Bert) Hauge and Norita Carrigan; two brothers-in-law, Dean Statzer and Marl Haugebak.