Robert Warner Larson, “Bob”, died peacefully on July 20 at the age of 92, surrounded by loved ones at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Bob resided in Eatontown, NJ, living on Rose Court for the past 50 years.
Bob is survived by his sons, John R. Larson and Robert W. Larson, Jr., brother Richard Larson, son-in-law Michael J. Zafonte, grandson Bradford Larson, granddaughter Jillian Larson, and sister-in-law Christine Paris. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Grace C. Larson, who passed in 2004 just one day before their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Bob was born on January 29, 1926 in Mason City, Iowa to Gloria E. and Warner G. Larson. He enrolled voluntarily in the United States Maritime Service (Merchant Marines) in October 1943 and served his country on multiple tours as a shipboard radio officer/operator during and after World War II. He received decorations that included the Atlantic War Zone Medal and Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone Medal. Soon after his Honorable Discharge in 1948, he received draft notice from the U.S. Army, and it was as an officer there that he learned the skills for his life’s career in Radio and Electronics.
Following Honorable Discharge from the Army, he joined the Civil Service as an instructor in the U.S. Army Signal School in Fort Monmouth, NJ, where he taught and developed course materials for many years, until the school moved to Fort Gordon, GA in 1974. Choosing to stay in Eatontown, he retired from the Civil Service and entered the private sector, continuing his teaching career in electronics and computers, working for Perkin-Elmer and its later spin-off, Concurrent Computer Corporation.
Bob was always held in the highest regard by all his family and friends for his intelligence, quick wit, and cheerful, easygoing manner, which he maintained graciously to the end of his life. A caring father and loving husband, no one ever had a negative word to say about him, and he was an example of patience and acceptance to all who knew him. He was also a talented singer, electronics tinkerer and inventor, a fan of football and baseball, especially the New York Mets, and enjoyed horse racing.
The family would like to thank the VNA, the staff of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, our family member, Christine Brodeur, who held Bob’s hand as he passed, and Bob’s personal home health aide, Tina Cognetta, for all of their skill, care, and dedication.
Family and friends may visit on Tues., July 24th from 4-8pm at Braun Funeral Home, 106 Broad St., Eatontown, NJ. A funeral home service will be held on Weds. July 25th at 10am with entombment following at Woodbine Cemetery in Oceanport, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bob’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to VNA of Central Jersey Foundation or The American Cancer Society through his personal donation page at https://www.inmemoryof-memorial.org/robert-w-larson. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.braunfuneralhome.com.