Sept. 10, 1924-Dec. 2, 2017
BALATON — Services for Floyd Everette Larson, 93, of Balaton are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Christian Church in Balaton. Burial is at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Balaton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.
He died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Colonial Manor in Balaton.
Floyd Larson was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Slayton to James and Lena Aleckson Larson. He grew up on the family farm south of Balaton and attended Balaton High School. On July 16, 1948, he and Joyce Holm were married at the Slayton Lutheran Church in Slayton. Following their marriage they farmed the Larson family farm and raised their two children. While farming Floyd also sold McNess products for 11 years. Then in 1963 Floyd started Floyd Larson Septic Services and operated it until selling the business to his son, Glenn. Joyce passed away on June 4, 1997. Floyd remained on the farm until his mid 80s when he moved to Boulder Estates in Marshall. In May 2013 Floyd became a resident of the Colonial Manor in Balaton. He was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in rural Balaton, where he served in many aspects throughout the life of the church. Following the closing of Zion Lutheran Church, Floyd became a member of Sillerud/Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton. Floyd taught himself how to play the accordion. He would later call himself Larson’s One Man Polka Band and wrote several of his own tunes including the “Lutefisk Waltz” and the “Wild Hare Polka.” Floyd is best known for playing the accordion at church, nursing homes, benefits, parades, Prime Club events, and various community celebrations. In 1989 Floyd received first place in an accordion contest in Gibbon, the Polka Capital of the World.
Survivors include his daughter, Loretta Aljoe and her husband, David of Bloomington; one daughter-in-law, Karen Larson of Balaton; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; son, Glenn Larson on May 2, 2016; great-grandson, Aidan Whitmore on Dec. 27, 2002; and brother, Harold Larson on June 11, 2006.