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Henry J. "Bear" Larsen, Jr.

Henry J. “Bear” Larsen, Jr., age 72, 233 Stecker Mill Road, Danville, lost his 10 ½ month battle with leukemia at 3:45 p. m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018,  while in the loving arms of his wife, Christine, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Philadelphia on December 30, 1945, he was the son of the late Henry J., Sr., and Charlotte (James) Larsen. He resided in the Danville area for 47 years.

Henry was a 1963 graduate of William Tennent High School in Warminster and received his B.S. degree and his M. S. degree in history from the former Bloomsburg State College.

He was employed as a high school history teacher by the Pottsville Area School District from 1974 until retiring in 2003. He then  became a substitute teacher in the Pottsville Area School District, working until the onset of his illness. During his teaching career, Henry, was a passionate educator and beloved colleague to many. He touched the lives of many students and impacted their lives in so many ways. He also coached football at PAHS for many years.

Henry loved antiques and attending auctions for 40 years. . He was an antique toy collector and an expert in the field. He belonged to the Train Collectors Association. Henry and his wife operated an antique shop, Legacy Antiques,  at their home. Another love of his was automobiles and he belonged to the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. He was an avid Philadelphia “Phillies” and “Eagles” fan.

A Civil War expert, he visited schools in full uniform to make presentations of  the war and its battles.

Henry was a U. S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War as a member of the 25th Infantry Division, receiving the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only brother, James Larsen.

Surviving are his beloved wife, the former Christine Bohler, with whom he would have observed his tenth anniversary on April 14th; a beloved step daughter, Kelly Roland, Sioux City, Iowa; an estranged son and an estranged daughter in Danville; three grandchildren: Elliot Heim, Montgomery Larsen, and  Sage Larsen; a niece, Marie (Larsen) Brown, Fallsington; and his three little buddies (cats): Tucker, Baby and Marble.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 13th, at 11 a. m. in the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville, with  Rev. Gary M. Emrick,  Geisinger Hospital Chaplain officiating.  Viewing will be on Thursday, April 12, from 6-8 p. m. or Friday from 10-11 a. m.

Memorials may be sent to the PA S.P.C.A., 2801 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821.




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Bear, you will be missed. Loved all the great times in school and after. Your friendship meant the world to me.

Patricia Meckes Apr 13 2018 12:00 AM

Mr. Larson you were an inspiration to everyone you met. I was so lucky to get to not only be a student of yours when you were a sub but I also got the chance to observe you teaching. That talk that day you spoke of getting a brick from the building that was getting torn down at Bloom. I feel so privileged to have known you. I will be sure to share the knowledge that I gained from you with my future students.

Sarah Apr 5 2018 12:00 AM

Chris, so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for you and Kelly. Bear fought so hard . May memories of happy times help you during this difficult time.

Carol Regan Apr 4 2018 12:00 AM

I will miss you so much.. say hi to my dad and grandma. I am sure they will be happy to see u and someday we will meet again until then know I will miss you a lot I love u Uncle Bear

Marie LarsenBrown Apr 4 2018 12:00 AM

Chris, I was so sorry to hear that Henry lost his battle! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sue Mengle, CRRN, Geisinger Healhhsouth Apr 3 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for comfort, peace and strength to the family in this difficult time.

Selma Howard Apr 3 2018 12:00 AM

Chris so sorry for your loss. Henry was a great guy. Cindy and Dave Bohr

Cindy and Dave Bihr Apr 3 2018 12:00 AM

My heartfelt sympathy goes out you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all the good memories you have of him will bring you joy in the days ahead. He was such sweet, kind gentle man. He will be missed.

Molly B Guers Apr 3 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for strength for all in this very difficult time.
Much love

Kathy Wigoda Apr 3 2018 12:00 AM

Christine,You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God's presence give you strength to face each day in the coming days,weeks and months ahead.

Shelby Buffington Apr 3 2018 12:00 AM

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