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Lester Larson

Lester Darwin Larson, age 87, of Carrington, ND, formerly of McHenry, ND, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2022 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND. He was born on November 16, 1934 in rural McHenry, ND, to Lawrence and Gertrude (Lynn) Larson.

Lester was united in marriage to Sherrile Midgley on June 1, 1954, and together they had one son and six daughters. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, ice fishing in Devils Lake, and small game hunting. He loved playing his saxophone with his band “The Old Tyme Kings” in the surrounding nursing homes until recent years. He enjoyed playing cards with Sherrile and his friends as well. Lester farmed for many years and also owned Les’ Bar in McHenry for many years. He also worked road construction.

His kids will always remember the loud ‘between his teeth’ whistle he would make when he called them home for supper. The grandchildren will always remember how he would always joke around with them, and most of all, they will remember his ½ stick of gum he was always ready to pass out to anyone of them.

His friends and family would tell you that no one can tell a story quite like Lester. They would also say that no one could talk as long as he could too. He really had some good listeners over the years.

Lester is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sherrile; daughers, Denise Leapaldt, Rochester, MN, RoxAnn (Robert) Marcellais, Rochester, MN, Kimberly (Bill) McLees, Denver, CO, Jean Larson, Fargo, ND, Shereen (Tim) Stark, West Fargo, ND; son, Wesley (Tawnya) Larson, Carrington, ND; son-in-law, Donald Irmen, Carrington, ND; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; one sister, Lisa (Jeannat) Jacquemetten, Florida, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lester is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kari Irmen; and sister, Lorraine Edlund.  


Lester’s Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022, from 3:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

A Graveside Service will be held in the spring of 2022.

His Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. I am part of a group from Georgia, called Mchenry Partners, that has enjoyed owning the home on Lester’s birthplace . Lester helped us secure and maintain the house and grounds.For many years we always looked forward to visits with Lester when we were there in the Fall months.
    It will not be the same going to North Dakota without Lester .
    We will not be able to attend the services on Friday. Please that know that we will be there in spirit.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss . Sending prayers of comfort to Lester’s entire family. I heard many of his stories over the year and loved listening to him and his band. May God be with you all.

  3. Sherrile and family,
    So sorry to hear of Lester’s passing! Always was fun to be around and it was fun working for him. Had many good times in Les’s Bar in McHenry. Sending prayers! God Bless!

  4. Our condolences to all the family, we send our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim & Catherine

  5. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. As you prepare for the final goodbye remember all the memories you will hold in your hearts.💕

  6. So sorry for your loss sending many hugs and prayers. Kari

  7. I am sorry to hear of Lester’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. I knew this gentleman as well he came through Running’s always had to joke with you or had a joke to tell you. He was such a sweet guy! My prayers are with the family! Lester was one of good people to talk to.

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of Lester but also celebrate his life and the incredible time you had together! Cherish his memory and he will be with you always!! Prayers for peace to you now and in the time to come!!

  10. There are no words at times like this.
    Please know my thoughts and prayers
    go out to your family.

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts and condolences to all of you.


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