COPPERAS COVE, TX (October 1, 2019) – A celebration of life service for retired Covenant pastor Rick Larson was held Saturday, September 28, at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Kempner. He died Monday, September 16, at the age of 76.
Rick was born on July 18, 1943, in Worchester, Massachusetts, to Paul and Elva Brown Larson.
He attended Barrington College in Rhode Island and graduated from the University of Nebraska while serving in the United States Air Force. He later graduated with a master’s of social work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rick married Linda Finnell on August 30, 1969, in Alexandria, Virginia.
He worked for the state of Rhode Island as a legislative liaison for the children protection and family services agency. In 1980, Rick and his family moved to California where he managed a construction company briefly before working for the area agency on aging.
After entering the ministry, Rick served as a pastor for more than 33 years. He served at Chapel of the Pines in Arnold, California; Hope Community Church in Houston, Texas; and Sierra Bible Church in Sonora, California. In 2015, Rick and Linda moved to Copperas Cove to be near family.
Rick is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; a daughter, Karna Atkinson (Preston); a son, Eric Larson (Lauren); and seven grandchildren.