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Western Slope Obituaries 7-23-11

Kenneth G. Larsen, 97, passed away July 12, 2011 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on January 26, 1914 in Brush, Colo., to Lars R. Larsen and Lila (Howard) Larsen. Ken’s mother died in 1932 when he was in high school in Brush, Colo. His father raised saddle and buggy horses and later switched to raising cattle with the advent of the automobile.

Ken spent every summer working at a rocky mountain dude ranch, saving money to enroll at the University of Northern Colorado. After three years, when his funds ran out, he went to work at two Denver drug stores. This work changed his plans and he enrolled and graduated from the Capitol College of Pharmacy. He bought the Lee Drug Store in Denver, Colo., and changed the name to Ken Pharmacy in 1954. He sold the pharmacy in 1971 to move to Battlement Mesa to retire, but he ended up working at various pharmacies in Rifle, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo., for many years.

Ken married Annabelle Crawford in Brush, Colo., in December, 1934. They met when he was a patient at the Brush Hospital where she worked as a nurse. Their daughter, Judy, was born December 25, 1935 and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ken, a natural born drummer, played in the Brush High School Band and Orchestra, the Brush Town Band, and in his own band, the Melody Masters. After moving to Battlement Mesa, he played with the Grand Junction Symphony, the Centennial Band and Mary Ellen Denomy’s Glenwood Hot Strings Band, which played all over the Western Slope, winning first prize in the Meeker Fourth of July Parade.

Annabelle passed away in 1993.

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When Kenneth moved to Salt Lake City to be near his daughter, he met Ethel Kichupolus. They were married and moved back to Battlement Mesa where Ethel passed away in 1999.

Ken was very active in raising funds for the music department as well as hiring a music director for the new Parachute High School. The Lions Club in Battlement Mesa invited him to join and he served as President and won several awards. He spent hours testing children’s eyesight for the Lions Club vision free program as well as for the Redlands Lions Club in Grand Junction after he moved there in 2004. Due to his own vision problems, he moved to the Atrium in 2008 where he played his drums three times a week at both the Atrium and Mesa Vista.

He is survived by his daughter, Judy Dorman; grandsons, Michael and Jeffrey; five grandchildren and his special friend and caregiver, Peggy Rawlins.

There will be no service.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Battlement Mesa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth Larsen’s memory to the Redlands Lions Club, c/o the Treasurer at Redlands Lions Club, PO Box 4671, Grand Junction, Colo., 81502 or to Hospice, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.

Kenneth G. Larsen, 97, passed away July 12, 2011 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on January 26, 1914 in Brush, Colo., to Lars R. Larsen and Lila (Howard) Larsen. Ken’s mother died in 1932 when he was in high school in Brush, Colo. His father raised saddle and buggy horses and later switched to raising cattle with the advent of the automobile.

Ken spent every summer working at a rocky mountain dude ranch, saving money to enroll at the University of Northern Colorado. After three years, when his funds ran out, he went to work at two Denver drug stores. This work changed his plans and he enrolled and graduated from the Capitol College of Pharmacy. He bought the Lee Drug Store in Denver, Colo., and changed the name to Ken Pharmacy in 1954. He sold the pharmacy in 1971 to move to Battlement Mesa to retire, but he ended up working at various pharmacies in Rifle, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo., for many years.

Ken married Annabelle Crawford in Brush, Colo., in December, 1934. They met when he was a patient at the Brush Hospital where she worked as a nurse. Their daughter, Judy, was born December 25, 1935 and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ken, a natural born drummer, played in the Brush High School Band and Orchestra, the Brush Town Band, and in his own band, the Melody Masters. After moving to Battlement Mesa, he played with the Grand Junction Symphony, the Centennial Band and Mary Ellen Denomy’s Glenwood Hot Strings Band, which played all over the Western Slope, winning first prize in the Meeker Fourth of July Parade.

Annabelle passed away in 1993.

When Kenneth moved to Salt Lake City to be near his daughter, he met Ethel Kichupolus. They were married and moved back to Battlement Mesa where Ethel passed away in 1999.

Ken was very active in raising funds for the music department as well as hiring a music director for the new Parachute High School. The Lions Club in Battlement Mesa invited him to join and he served as President and won several awards. He spent hours testing children’s eyesight for the Lions Club vision free program as well as for the Redlands Lions Club in Grand Junction after he moved there in 2004. Due to his own vision problems, he moved to the Atrium in 2008 where he played his drums three times a week at both the Atrium and Mesa Vista.

He is survived by his daughter, Judy Dorman; grandsons, Michael and Jeffrey; five grandchildren and his special friend and caregiver, Peggy Rawlins.

There will be no service.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Battlement Mesa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth Larsen’s memory to the Redlands Lions Club, c/o the Treasurer at Redlands Lions Club, PO Box 4671, Grand Junction, Colo., 81502 or to Hospice, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.

Kenneth G. Larsen, 97, passed away July 12, 2011 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on January 26, 1914 in Brush, Colo., to Lars R. Larsen and Lila (Howard) Larsen. Ken’s mother died in 1932 when he was in high school in Brush, Colo. His father raised saddle and buggy horses and later switched to raising cattle with the advent of the automobile.

Ken spent every summer working at a rocky mountain dude ranch, saving money to enroll at the University of Northern Colorado. After three years, when his funds ran out, he went to work at two Denver drug stores. This work changed his plans and he enrolled and graduated from the Capitol College of Pharmacy. He bought the Lee Drug Store in Denver, Colo., and changed the name to Ken Pharmacy in 1954. He sold the pharmacy in 1971 to move to Battlement Mesa to retire, but he ended up working at various pharmacies in Rifle, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo., for many years.

Ken married Annabelle Crawford in Brush, Colo., in December, 1934. They met when he was a patient at the Brush Hospital where she worked as a nurse. Their daughter, Judy, was born December 25, 1935 and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ken, a natural born drummer, played in the Brush High School Band and Orchestra, the Brush Town Band, and in his own band, the Melody Masters. After moving to Battlement Mesa, he played with the Grand Junction Symphony, the Centennial Band and Mary Ellen Denomy’s Glenwood Hot Strings Band, which played all over the Western Slope, winning first prize in the Meeker Fourth of July Parade.

Annabelle passed away in 1993.

When Kenneth moved to Salt Lake City to be near his daughter, he met Ethel Kichupolus. They were married and moved back to Battlement Mesa where Ethel passed away in 1999.

Ken was very active in raising funds for the music department as well as hiring a music director for the new Parachute High School. The Lions Club in Battlement Mesa invited him to join and he served as President and won several awards. He spent hours testing children’s eyesight for the Lions Club vision free program as well as for the Redlands Lions Club in Grand Junction after he moved there in 2004. Due to his own vision problems, he moved to the Atrium in 2008 where he played his drums three times a week at both the Atrium and Mesa Vista.

He is survived by his daughter, Judy Dorman; grandsons, Michael and Jeffrey; five grandchildren and his special friend and caregiver, Peggy Rawlins.

There will be no service.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Battlement Mesa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth Larsen’s memory to the Redlands Lions Club, c/o the Treasurer at Redlands Lions Club, PO Box 4671, Grand Junction, Colo., 81502 or to Hospice, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.