Joseph Larsen

Obituary of Joseph R Larsen

Joseph Richard Larsen’s childhood was not easy as he was born into time of societal hardship during 1931. Resources were scarce, but Joe persevered and always kept moving forward to make the most out of what he had. He strove to uplift himself at every possible opportunity. This would become the theme and character of his journey in life, to proudly work to improve himself so he could first and foremost provide for his wife and family, to expand his mind and be generous to others in so doing. While still a teen, his intellectual curiosity and patriotism led him to enlist in the Navy during the Korean War. He served on an aircraft carrier and quickly achieved the rank of first-class petty officer. It was during this time in his life that he met the love of his life, his ‘dark eyed beauty’ as he called her, Letitia Merola at the Jersey shore. After leaving the Navy, while holding down a demanding full-time job and raising a family with his now wife Letitia and their young children, he successfully earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University, always with the intention to provide the best for his family and better himself. Joe then built a successful professional career in Distribution and Materials Management, spanning decades in the Pharmaceutical and Hospital Management industries, until his retirement. While he certainly enjoyed gardening and caring for his home, (particularly his favorite Tropicana Rose) and the family dogs, he always found the time to coach Little League baseball teams for both of his sons, Chris and Richard. He loved to play the devil’s advocate in any lively debate satisfying his natural, intellectual curiosity, and in retirement, always reading the daily newspapers and the crossword puzzles (“to keep my mind sharp”), and passionately cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Giants, Yankees and Seton Hall basketball. He was friend to stranger and acquaintance alike, always a welcome conversationalist. Joe would tell you his greatest purpose in life was to provide for his family: his almost 65 year marriage to his beloved wife Letitia, to whom he was devoted, and his four children and their (spouses); Dawn & (John)McIntyre, Chris & (Kyle) Larsen, Kim Larsen and Richard & (Dawn) Larsen, whose interests and needs he always put above his own. He was proud of and grateful to have experienced the key milestones of his eight grandchildren, Alex Larsen, Cody Larsen, Eric Larsen, Juliana Larsen, Matthew McIntyre, Patrick McIntyre, Ryan McIntyre and Samantha Larsen, as they all grew up around him. His family will forever miss his clear blue eyes, his love for a hearty debate, his sound counsel and advice, his gentleness and love for the family dogs and in his last years, his exuberant delight in his daily evening ice cream sundaes! Joe is also survived by his younger sister, Mary Elizabeth Larsen of Highlands, NJ. He is welcomed home in Heaven by his mother, Loretta Hudson Larsen, his father, Richard Jens Hans Larsen and his siblings, Elizabeth Larsen Lahey and Robert Larsen. While Joe did say his greatest achievement was his family, anyone who knows him would say his greatest achievement was his Character—built on honesty, loyalty, ethics and humility. He set the bar for steadfast perseverance and how to overcome any obstacle if you have enough sheer determination and optimism in your ability to reach a goal. He lifted himself up from humble beginnings to become an admired, respected and loving husband, father, neighbor, friend and overall, a great man. Before you head to that heavenly home, Joe, Daddy, PopPop, Grandpop, take your Viking ship around the world visiting all those foreign lands as you had always hoped to do. You have earned it! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor at either one of these two 501(c)(3) organizations: Mendham First Aid Squad - who was always there for Joe over the last few years at all hours of the day and night with compassion and kindness. Havanese Rescue Inc - who gave Joe peace of mind during his final months by finding a loving and caring home for his furry family members Tibby and Sybil. A Memorial Gathering and Life Celebration for Joseph will be held in the future.
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