May 21, 1935 - November 3, 2016
Bruce Larson passed away peacefully November 3, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Bruce battled with Alzheimer’s in the last few years of his life.
Bruce was born in Portland, Ore. to Alfred and Lulu Larson. Bruce was the younger of two sons and was predeceased by his older brother, Wayne Larson. The Larson family moved to Medford, Ore. in 1945 and opened an appliance repair store later to become known as Larson’s Home Furnishings.
Bruce went to Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and later to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree. Bruce met Faye at college and married her in 1955. Bruce and Faye moved on to Kansas City where he attended and graduated from the Nazarene Theological Seminary. Their son was born in Kansas City and they later moved back to Medford, Ore. where their daughter was born.
Bruce grew up helping his parents in their family business, an appliance and repair shop on Main Street in Medford. Later, in 1964, Bruce bought the business from his parents and expanded it from an appliance repair shop into Larson’s Home Furnishings, an appliance and furniture retail store. Larson’s Home Furnishings included locations in Roseburg and Klamath Falls, Ore. and Redding, Calif. He was very well respected as a seasoned and hard-working retailer. Employees of Larson’s appreciated Bruce for his efforts to maintain a family atmosphere and appreciation for his employees. In 2014, after 69 years in business, Larson’s Home Furnishings closed its doors as Bruce battled the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Bruce had a special laugh and love for life and encouraged people to be true to themselves. Bruce had a love for automobile racing and participated in racing sports cars and enjoyed watching the sport. He also had a love for motorcycle riding, specifically Harleys. He enjoyed traveling abroad, including a wildlife safari trip to Africa with his daughter and a motorcycle trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with his son. Bruce was very proud of his family and made special efforts throughout the years to have annual family vacations. He had a heart and love for children and offered financial support to various children's and child's causes.
Bruce is survived by his children, Troy (Rina) and Traci (Alicia); and his beloved grandchildren, Travis and Ethan. Bruce is also survived by his amazing extended family and many wonderful friends, whom he cherished.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Rd., Medford, Ore.