Long-time Lincoln business and community leader Roger Larson has passed away. Larson, a World War II veteran graduated from UNL with a degree in business administration. There, he met his wife Shirley. His career began in radio as an account executive. He worked at KFOR for 40 years, and then worked for the National Bank of Commerce- now Wells Fargo.
He has been a leader in fundraising for dozens of organizations and has helped raised millions of dollars for many community projects.
In 1964, Larson suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 39- miraculously beating the odds by surviving the night and many more years to come.
Mayor Chris Beutler issued this statement:
"With today's passing of Roger Larson, Lincoln has lost a true pillar of the community, a trusted voice and a real gentleman. Roger is one of the individuals who laid the groundwork for the great success we are now experiencing in Lincoln. He had a real love and pride for our City and worked tirelessly as a public servant, businessman, volunteer and board member for many community organizations.
"Many important projects in this City would not have become a reality without Roger's determination and persuasive abilities. His integrity, commitment and warmth made it very difficult to say no to him! He took on the tough projects and gave them his all.
"In the summer of 2012, we dedicated the new downtown Larson Building in his honor, and it will remind many future generations of the enormous impact that one person can have on a community.
"Roger was a great friend, great civic leader and great family man. I extend my sympathy to Roger's wife of 63 years, Shirley, his entire family, and his many friends and colleagues."
A memorial service is planned for this Friday at Southwood Lutheran Church in Lincoln. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.