Mark A. Larson, 50, of Geneseo, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Wednesday, April 10 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Burial was in Dayton Corners Cemetery, Colona. A visitation was held Tuesday, April 9 at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Mark Larson Memorial Fund. The family requested attendees dress in casual attire.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1962, in Moline, the son of Lester and Lillian (Bekerian) Larson. He was a 1981 graduate of J.D. Darnall High School, Geneseo. He married Phyllis Gay Peasley on Dec. 4, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was the co-founder, co-owner with his brother and president of Rock River Arms Inc. of Colona. He was a member of the NRA, OGCA, ISRA and Illinois Firearms Manufactures Association. He enjoyed mushrooming, fishing for crappies, gardening, his cars and cooking and feeding his family and friends. He loved his dogs: Daisy, Dozer and Rowdy, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Gay; his parents, Lester and Lillian Larson of Cleveland; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Michael Larson of Carbon Cliff and Lester C. “Chuck” (Melissa) Larson Jr. of Geneseo; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa (Gary) Sides of Cleveland and Linda (Jim) White of Cleveland; 12 nieces and nephews, Chad, Jennie, Matt, Jeremy, Sara, Katie, Kenneth, Kassandra, Kyle, Jake, Trenton and Logan; and four great nieces and nephews, Kaya, Gage, Paige and Bradlee. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two uncles, two cousins and loyal companion, Saddie.