Jary Jay Larson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, January 14, 1939
Date of Death:
Friday, May 21, 2021
Age:
82 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, January 14, 1939
Date of Death:
Friday, May 21, 2021
Age:
82 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, January 14, 1939
Date of Death:
Friday, May 21, 2021
Age:
82 years old

Jary Jay Larson

Jary Jay Larson- Rochester

Jary Larson, 82 of Rochester MN, died Peacefully, from complications of diabetes, with his family surrounding him, Friday May 21, 2021 at Seasons Hospice.

Jary was a Rochester native, born January 14, 1939, to Joseph and Leona “Oddie” (Knechtges) Larson.  He grew up in south Rochester on his parent’s hobby farm where his family raised horses and dogs. He attended Golden Hill grade school, Rochester Junior High School and Rochester High School graduating in 1957.  From there he attended the University of Minnesota School of Liberal arts and graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1964. It was at the “U” that Jary met the love of his life Dorothea (Thea) Ziegler.  They were married in October of 1964 and have been married for 56 years.  Jary joined his father in dental practice in July of 1964, at the 100 First Ave. Bldg. in downtown Rochester.  He and his father practiced dentistry for many years there, until he built a new dental building on the corner of Assisi Heights Road and 16th Ave. NW.

He was a member of the Zumbro Valley Dental Society, the Southeastern District Dental Society, a member of the Minnesota Dental Association and the American Dental Association.  He also was a member of the Zumbro Valley Study Club, the Minnesota Prosthodontists Society, a member of the Minnesota Academy of Restorative Dentistry. Jary pursued further education in orthodontics using the straight wire technique and added orthodontics to his practice. He was member of the Academy of General Dentistry and was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentistry.

He retired from dentistry after 33 years of practice and enjoyed his retirement spending his winters in Sarasota, Florida and summers in Rochester, Minnesota.

Jary had a great sense of humor and smiled and laughed to the end.   As a kid Jary enjoyed water skiing and time on the water, he loved camping and traveling with his family, especially his many trips to Disney World.  He enjoyed photography, loved movies and joked his goal was to “Finish Netflix”.  Jary especially adored his 5 grandchildren who all called him “Gunka”.  He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his Wife, Thea (Ziegler) Larson of Rochester; daughter Susie (Brian) Nelson of Louisville, Colorado, their 2 children Leo and Annie; son Jim (Jackie) Larson and their 3 children, Henry, Maddie and Charlie, of Orono, Minnesota.  He is preceded in death by his father, mother and brother.

There will be a private family service on Friday, May 28, 2021.

We would like to express a huge thank you to the nurses and staff at both the Rochester Homestead Rehabilitation Center and the Seasons Hospice House for the amazing care they gave Jary in the last days of his life.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice House in Rochester MN.

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We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.  Our prayers are with your family that God watches over him and your family.

I cannot find the words to express my feelings. I think you guys know what I mean. All I can say is goodbye my old friend. Until our spirits communicate again


Joe

I cannot find the words to express my feelings. I think you guys know what I mean. All I can say is goodbye my old friend. Until our spirits communicate again


Joe

Thea - So sorry to read of the loss of your best friend and lifetime partner, Jary. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family at this sad time. Blessed be the memories.  Doris Tiedemann (a friend from the “Macy’s” days!)

Dear Thea and family, 


I am so very sorry for your loss. Jary was a very engaging, fun guy. I have many fond memories of various activities of the Dental Society/Dental Aux.


Sincerely, Doris Martin

We are thinking of the whole Larson family at this time of loss. 


Though we never met Jary, we know well the fine man that he raised.  Jim is a true friend whose sense of humor, selfless-nature and caring spirit are a lasting reflection of the standards that Jary embodied throughout his life.  We are grateful.


Well done, Jary! 


Rest in peace.     

Dear Thea,


I was very sorry to read about Jary's death. I know Spence thought a lot about Jary and his Dad and Mom, as I did.  I knew you and his Mom better because of the Dental Aux.


Losing someone is not easy, but having family around helps a lot, plus think about all the wonderful memories you  have.  Just last night I had a dream and Spence was in it and this is after he has been gone for 42 years!  You and the family have my deepest sympathy.


Sincerely, Jean Burrington

Deepest sympathies from our family to hear the news of Jary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time. While we are unable to make the trip to Minnesota to celebrate his life in person, the memories of him will live on. He always had a smile on his face, a story to tell, and wanted to make sure everyone around was doing well.

So sorry for your loss. DR Jary was our dentist as was his father Dr Joe. Both excellent dentists. Also I remember how Odie always put us at ease as children when we came for our check ups. God be with your family at this time and may Dr Jary rest in peace.

Thea,


I am saddened by Jary's  passing, and  so sorry for your heartache in losing him.  He was an employer who was a mentor and a friend. He had a spirit  that brought smiles  and laughter to patients .  His passing marks the end of an era in my heart.    May you find peace in memories, and joy in the legacy of  his love.


Patty Jo 

Jary was an inspiration to me, second only to my own Dad in male influence on my life.  Every memory of him is punctuated with smiles and laughter; his voice rings in my head like he is sitting next to me right now.  I dare anyone to come up with anything negative about Jary - everything he did was with other people's best interests at heart, or at the very least to get a laugh out of them.  Jary's positive spirit was infectious - truly a joy to be around no matter what the situation was.  As a child, I always looked forward to visiting the Larson's; I wanted to enjoy Thea's cooking of course, but mostly I wanted to see whatever Jary's latest gadget was!  I swear that Brookstone must've built their empire on Jary's purchases!  


The world is better off for having had Jary in it - not only does he leave behind some great kids and grandkids, but he leaves a legacy of positive memories for everyone that knew him.  For me, as long as I live, there will be a hole where Jary once stood. 


My condolences and prayers and thoughts are with the family and everyone that misses him like I do.

Larson Family,


Thoughts & prayers are with your entire family. I always enjoyed my conversations with Jary. A truly kind family man with a great personality. 


Jon, Audrey, Mauer, Olivia, & Tatum Ziegler