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Ralph C. Larsen

Ralph C. Larsen (89) passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, after a short battle with cancer. He was laid to rest in the Meeteetse Cemetery, following a memorial service on Saturday, August 2.

He was born Ralph Charles Larsen on May 5, 1919, in Meeteetse, Wyoming to Henry C. and Helen A. (Hagbery) Larsen. He was the youngest of four children.

Ralph attended grade school at the Dick Creek School across the river from his home. During his freshman year of high school, Ralph boarded at the Ritchie Hotel in Meeteetse. That was during the depression, and after just one year of high school, he returned to work on the family ranch, where he lived the rest of his life.

In 1934, Ralph’s mother was ill and spent the winter in Missoula with her sister. It was Ralph’s responsibility to cook for the family, and his brother, Curtis, often recalled how Ralph kept the family from starving. He’d churn butter, make sauerkraut, feed the threshing crew, and even do the wash, but he refused to iron. Traditionally, the Larsens host a Father’s Day breakfast on the ranch for family and friends. Ralph always took pride in making a batch of his famous sourdough biscuits for the occasion.

Ralph rode a few broncs in his earlier days, and won the saddle bronc riding at the Days of 49 Rodeo in Greybull in 1944.

Ralph married Janet Baird on February 21, 1944, in Billings, Montana. She was the daughter of John and Isa Rae (Mitchie) Baird. Ralph and Janet knew each other from the time they were young, later becoming steadfast friends, and then falling in love. They were blessed with five children: Mervin, Helen, twins Sharen & Karen, and Linda.

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In 1985, Ralph and Janet enjoyed a tour to Scotland, Janet’s homeland. Leaving the United States was a problem, as Ralph had never had a birth certificate, and he needed one to get a passport. He was finally able to obtain one after going through old school records to verify his age.

One of Ralph’s favorite activities was heeling calves at brandings, which he continued to do through the age of 88 during the spring of 2007. Ralph was a natural at swinging a rope only once and coming up with two hind legs. He was a stickler about bringing his calves to the fire, and not the fire to the calf. If you went out to his calf and threw him, Ralph would drag you with the calf to the fire.

Ralph was an excellent stockman having built a reputation herd of Black Angus cattle through the years. He knew how to handle cattle quietly and with finesse. Ralph and Curtis, and their father before them, put together the Larsen Ranch by purchasing and combining numerous homesteads in the Wood River and Gooseberry Creek area. They’ve always treated all the land with the same respect, whether it was BLM, the Forest or their private land. Ralph understood that if he took care of the ranch, it would take good care of him.

He was an avid reader, and as a child, he would tug at his mother’s apron and ask her to read to him. As a father, he would read everything his children brought home from school or the library, and he gave them something else to read. Ralph possessed strong values and a good work ethic, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Ralph was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, R-Calf, Guardians of the Range, Meeteetse Multiple Use Association, the NRA, and was a lifetime member of the Cody Elks Lodge. He served on the Meeteetse School Board from 1947 to 1967, and was instrumental in consolidating Districts 19 and 20 into Sunshine School. Ralph also served on the First State Bank board of directors in Meeteetse for several years. The Meeteetse CowBelles, of which Janet was a charter member, honored Ralph in 2003 with the Ranching Legacy Tribute. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Cody Regional Office named Ralph and Curtis as their Landowner of the Year in 2007.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, brother John, and sister Ethel Moody.

He is survived by his son Dr. Mervin Larsen and his wife Nada of Meeteetse, daughters Helen Larsen and her husband Doug Pearce of Powell, Sharen Kruger and her husband Randy, Karen Gould and her husband Bill, and Linda “Abby” Herman and her husband Rich all of Meeteetse, brother Curtis Larsen of Meeteetse, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to a charity of choice.

Ralph C. Larsen (89) passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, after a short battle with cancer. He was laid to rest in the Meeteetse Cemetery, following a memorial service on Saturday, August 2.

He was born Ralph Charles Larsen on May 5, 1919, in Meeteetse, Wyoming to Henry C. and Helen A. (Hagbery) Larsen. He was the youngest of four children.

Ralph attended grade school at the Dick Creek School across the river from his home. During his freshman year of high school, Ralph boarded at the Ritchie Hotel in Meeteetse. That was during the depression, and after just one year of high school, he returned to work on the family ranch, where he lived the rest of his life.

In 1934, Ralph’s mother was ill and spent the winter in Missoula with her sister. It was Ralph’s responsibility to cook for the family, and his brother, Curtis, often recalled how Ralph kept the family from starving. He’d churn butter, make sauerkraut, feed the threshing crew, and even do the wash, but he refused to iron. Traditionally, the Larsens host a Father’s Day breakfast on the ranch for family and friends. Ralph always took pride in making a batch of his famous sourdough biscuits for the occasion.

Ralph rode a few broncs in his earlier days, and won the saddle bronc riding at the Days of 49 Rodeo in Greybull in 1944.

Ralph married Janet Baird on February 21, 1944, in Billings, Montana. She was the daughter of John and Isa Rae (Mitchie) Baird. Ralph and Janet knew each other from the time they were young, later becoming steadfast friends, and then falling in love. They were blessed with five children: Mervin, Helen, twins Sharen & Karen, and Linda.

In 1985, Ralph and Janet enjoyed a tour to Scotland, Janet’s homeland. Leaving the United States was a problem, as Ralph had never had a birth certificate, and he needed one to get a passport. He was finally able to obtain one after going through old school records to verify his age.

One of Ralph’s favorite activities was heeling calves at brandings, which he continued to do through the age of 88 during the spring of 2007. Ralph was a natural at swinging a rope only once and coming up with two hind legs. He was a stickler about bringing his calves to the fire, and not the fire to the calf. If you went out to his calf and threw him, Ralph would drag you with the calf to the fire.

Ralph was an excellent stockman having built a reputation herd of Black Angus cattle through the years. He knew how to handle cattle quietly and with finesse. Ralph and Curtis, and their father before them, put together the Larsen Ranch by purchasing and combining numerous homesteads in the Wood River and Gooseberry Creek area. They’ve always treated all the land with the same respect, whether it was BLM, the Forest or their private land. Ralph understood that if he took care of the ranch, it would take good care of him.

He was an avid reader, and as a child, he would tug at his mother’s apron and ask her to read to him. As a father, he would read everything his children brought home from school or the library, and he gave them something else to read. Ralph possessed strong values and a good work ethic, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Ralph was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, R-Calf, Guardians of the Range, Meeteetse Multiple Use Association, the NRA, and was a lifetime member of the Cody Elks Lodge. He served on the Meeteetse School Board from 1947 to 1967, and was instrumental in consolidating Districts 19 and 20 into Sunshine School. Ralph also served on the First State Bank board of directors in Meeteetse for several years. The Meeteetse CowBelles, of which Janet was a charter member, honored Ralph in 2003 with the Ranching Legacy Tribute. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Cody Regional Office named Ralph and Curtis as their Landowner of the Year in 2007.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, brother John, and sister Ethel Moody.

He is survived by his son Dr. Mervin Larsen and his wife Nada of Meeteetse, daughters Helen Larsen and her husband Doug Pearce of Powell, Sharen Kruger and her husband Randy, Karen Gould and her husband Bill, and Linda “Abby” Herman and her husband Rich all of Meeteetse, brother Curtis Larsen of Meeteetse, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to a charity of choice.

Ralph C. Larsen (89) passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, after a short battle with cancer. He was laid to rest in the Meeteetse Cemetery, following a memorial service on Saturday, August 2.

He was born Ralph Charles Larsen on May 5, 1919, in Meeteetse, Wyoming to Henry C. and Helen A. (Hagbery) Larsen. He was the youngest of four children.

Ralph attended grade school at the Dick Creek School across the river from his home. During his freshman year of high school, Ralph boarded at the Ritchie Hotel in Meeteetse. That was during the depression, and after just one year of high school, he returned to work on the family ranch, where he lived the rest of his life.

In 1934, Ralph’s mother was ill and spent the winter in Missoula with her sister. It was Ralph’s responsibility to cook for the family, and his brother, Curtis, often recalled how Ralph kept the family from starving. He’d churn butter, make sauerkraut, feed the threshing crew, and even do the wash, but he refused to iron. Traditionally, the Larsens host a Father’s Day breakfast on the ranch for family and friends. Ralph always took pride in making a batch of his famous sourdough biscuits for the occasion.

Ralph rode a few broncs in his earlier days, and won the saddle bronc riding at the Days of 49 Rodeo in Greybull in 1944.

Ralph married Janet Baird on February 21, 1944, in Billings, Montana. She was the daughter of John and Isa Rae (Mitchie) Baird. Ralph and Janet knew each other from the time they were young, later becoming steadfast friends, and then falling in love. They were blessed with five children: Mervin, Helen, twins Sharen & Karen, and Linda.

In 1985, Ralph and Janet enjoyed a tour to Scotland, Janet’s homeland. Leaving the United States was a problem, as Ralph had never had a birth certificate, and he needed one to get a passport. He was finally able to obtain one after going through old school records to verify his age.

One of Ralph’s favorite activities was heeling calves at brandings, which he continued to do through the age of 88 during the spring of 2007. Ralph was a natural at swinging a rope only once and coming up with two hind legs. He was a stickler about bringing his calves to the fire, and not the fire to the calf. If you went out to his calf and threw him, Ralph would drag you with the calf to the fire.

Ralph was an excellent stockman having built a reputation herd of Black Angus cattle through the years. He knew how to handle cattle quietly and with finesse. Ralph and Curtis, and their father before them, put together the Larsen Ranch by purchasing and combining numerous homesteads in the Wood River and Gooseberry Creek area. They’ve always treated all the land with the same respect, whether it was BLM, the Forest or their private land. Ralph understood that if he took care of the ranch, it would take good care of him.

He was an avid reader, and as a child, he would tug at his mother’s apron and ask her to read to him. As a father, he would read everything his children brought home from school or the library, and he gave them something else to read. Ralph possessed strong values and a good work ethic, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Ralph was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, R-Calf, Guardians of the Range, Meeteetse Multiple Use Association, the NRA, and was a lifetime member of the Cody Elks Lodge. He served on the Meeteetse School Board from 1947 to 1967, and was instrumental in consolidating Districts 19 and 20 into Sunshine School. Ralph also served on the First State Bank board of directors in Meeteetse for several years. The Meeteetse CowBelles, of which Janet was a charter member, honored Ralph in 2003 with the Ranching Legacy Tribute. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Cody Regional Office named Ralph and Curtis as their Landowner of the Year in 2007.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, brother John, and sister Ethel Moody.

He is survived by his son Dr. Mervin Larsen and his wife Nada of Meeteetse, daughters Helen Larsen and her husband Doug Pearce of Powell, Sharen Kruger and her husband Randy, Karen Gould and her husband Bill, and Linda “Abby” Herman and her husband Rich all of Meeteetse, brother Curtis Larsen of Meeteetse, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to a charity of choice.

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