Obit: Robert & Teresa Larson


West Liberty residents Robert and Teresa Larson, died together Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Robert Clarence Larson was born Oct. 28, 1950 in Iowa City, the son of Leonard and Shirley (Schmidt) Larson.

He was a graduate of West Liberty High School Class of 1969 and Iowa State University in 1973. Bob had been employed with Louis Rich Foods, Rohner Machine Works both in West Liberty, MCI WorldCom and most recently at Mercer in Iowa City where he retired in 2017.

He enjoyed golfing with his brother, Leon, and was a member at the West Liberty Golf & Country Club where he has held the course record for many years. Bob was also a member of the West Liberty Lions Club and Masonic Lodge and an avid fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and Green Bay Packers.

He will be remembered by his grandchildren for the extra long bear hugs, napping during family gatherings and teasing during baking and crafts time with Grandma.

Teresa Irene Ives was born Aug. 24, 1952 in Webster City, Iowa, the daughter of C. Morris and Maxine (Huber) Ives.

She was a graduate of Nevada High School Class of 1970 and Iowa State University in 1974. Terri was employed with the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty and for many years in food service at the West Liberty Community School District.

She was a member of Eastern Star, enjoyed sewing, puzzles, baking and especially enjoyed her grandchildren with whom she shared her love of baking and crafts. She made all the grandchildren’s Halloween costumes and enjoyed playing family board games, however, they had to be by her rules.

Bob and Terri were united in marriage Sept. 14, 1974 in Independence, Iowa. They are survived by their three children including Laura (James) Hardy of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Lillian (Mario) Ortiz of West Liberty, and Leonard Larson of Des Moines, along with four grandchildren including Grace Ortiz, Reese Ortiz, Ethan Hardy and Samantha Hardy.

Also surviving are Bob’s siblings including Judy (Jim) Handsaker of Story City, Iowa and Leon (Mary) Larson of West Liberty; as well as Terri’s siblings including Kathy (Ron) VanBerkum of North English, Linda (Gary) Stefani of Ames and Martha Ives of Independence, Iowa.

A private family prayer service will be held. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for Bob and Terri’s family.

Online condolences may be made to the family at A memorial fund has been established.