Philip Duane Larsen, a resident of Deland, Florida, passed away on November 08, 2020 surrounded by his wife and family. Born on May 22, 1930 in Ottawa, Illinois he was the son of Emmett and Ida Larsen, the children of German and Norwegian immigrants. Philip (Phil) graduated from Ottawa High School and served honorably in the United States Air Force and was a lifelong Mason. Phil married Baerbel Erika Matthes of Magdeburg, Germany on July 5, 1959 and settled in Aurora, Illinois where they raised two sons, Van and David. In Illinois, Phil worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad/CB&Q and enjoyed the railroad life for many years.
In 1973, Phil relocated the family to St. Petersburg, Florida to escape the cold winters and begin a new career in computer technologies. Phil loved Florida’s Suncoast for over 38 years and often joined his wife and friends on Saturday nights at the St. Petersburg (Pinellas) German American Society to enjoy music, dancing and the occasional stein of beer. Phil celebrated his German and Norwegian heritage and loved taking trips to Germany with his wife to visit family and friends. Although he was not fluent in German, he got by with his friendly attitude and the ever frequent YA, YA!
In 2002, Phil and Baerbel retired to Victoria Park in Deland, Florida to be closer to their son David and his wife, Mary and to enjoy an active retirement. Phil loved nature and could be found on the lookout for the abundant wildlife in the neighborhood. He is survived by his wife, Baerbel and their son David (Mary, daughter in law) Larsen of Deland, Florida. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Van Larsen; and his brother Keith Larsen.
Phil’s final resting place will be at the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida.