Michael E. Larson

November 16, 1948 ~ November 22, 2019 (age 71)

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Michael E Larson, 71, of Defiance, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
He was born on November 16, 1948 to Charles Wold and Edna McFarland in Crookston, Minnesota .  Michael worked for GM Powertrain in Defiance, retiring in 2006. On November 13, 1994, he married Judy Carpenter who survives in Defiance.

He attended St Mary Catholic Church in Defiance and was a Life Member of the VFW & AmVet's in Bryan.  Michael served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1971.  He loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed camping and kayaking as well as listening to music.
Michael is survived by his loving spouse of 25 years, Judy Larson; daughters, Julie White of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Carla (Shannon) Bender of Avilla, Indiana. He also leaves behind a brother, Steve Wold of Spokane, Washington;  sisters, Kathy Alfaro of Warsaw, Kentucky; Sue (Matt) Maravilla of Spokane, Washington; and Vicki (Bill) Curtis of Clarkston, Washington. Step brothers, Jeff (Linda) Burdine, and Ron Jr. (Mary) Burdine, and step sisters, Cathy (William) Barker, and Beverly (David) Schmidlin.  Michael will be sadly missed by his seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles F. Wold; his mother, Edna L. Burdine and step-father, Ronald Burdine Sr..
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance, Ohio with a vigil service at 2:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Defiance, Ohio, with Fr. Randy Giesige, officiating.
Burial will take place in the Riverside Cemetery with military honors accorded by Defiance VFW Post#3360.
Memorials are suggested to the Paul's Place Support for Families (, Ft Wayne, Indiana. Online condolences can be given at

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November 26, 2019

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Mass
November 27, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
715 Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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