Barry Lee Larson
August 26, 1934 – November 5, 2021
Barry was born in Omaha, NE to Irma and Clifford Larson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Warren; and his wife, Elizabeth Larson. Barry was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. His first job was at Buffet’s Grocery Store. In 1952 Barry graduated from Benson High School where he was also active in ROTC. In 1956 he graduated from UNL with a degree in Civil Engineering. He took a job at Besser Manufacturing in Alpena, Michigan. Shortly after, when the military called him, he joined the Army and moved to Fort Ord, California where he was stationed for two years. He also served in the Reserves for six years, becoming Company Commander. He then helped run Larson Cement Store with his father and brother. During that time, he also started a cement business in Zaragoza, Spain (he spoke fluent Spanish).
In 1971 Barry started his own construction company: Barry Larson and Son. He was a member and President of MOBA, where he ran a non-profit to help young builders. He also served as President of the Nebraska Homebuilders Association, and was on the Board of the National Homebuilders Association.
Barry was a Mason and a Shriner. He was also an actor, performing in more than 20 shows at the Omaha Community Playhouse and winning the Fonda McGuire Award for “All My Sons.” He was a member of the Ski Patrol and a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, and for five years he served as the Patrol Director.
He loved to bike and did RAGBRAI (Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) three times. He was a member of the Swedish Vikings; chairman of the Downtown YMCA branch, was active in the Stephen Ministries; and sang in the Countryside Community Church Choir.
Barry is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; four children: Kirk (Adele), Jennifer Bochek, Mark (Sue Ellen), and Tamara (Dennis Bergeron); twelve grandchildren; stepchildren, Todd Webster (Terri) and Tracy Morris; four step grandchildren; two nieces, Julia Nelson and Joy Isham.
Barry was very loved by his family, friends, and everyone who met him.
VISITATION: Friday, Nov. 12th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, Nov.13th at 12noon at Countryside Community Church, 13130 Faith Plaza, 68144. Memorials are suggested to Builders of the Future and Fontenelle Forest.
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So sad to lose such a nice person!
Barry was a great friend and was talented in many areas of endeavor. He also had great energy and would go skiing or biking in his spare time. He is a great loss to his family and friends. Ben and Linda Murray
My father, Henry Mitchell, was a builder and knew Barry through MOBA. Daddy was very active in MOBA for many years. I believe he also knew Warren. My father passed nearly thirty years ago but I remember him always speaking very highly of Barry Larson. My sympathy for your loss.
Barbara and Barry’s children,
So sorry for your loss. Praying that God will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace.