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10610 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122-1308
Phone: 314-965-7680
Richard Larsen
In Memory of
Richard R.
1954 - 2020
Memorial Candle Tribute From
Bopp Chapel
"We are honored to provide this Book of Memories to the family."
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Condolence From: Marc Gluckman
Condolence: Rick became my baseball coach and that of my teammates when our current coach became gravely ill. This was only a short time after he arrived at Washington University. He came to campus as the Assistant Athletic Trainer, and unexpectedly was asked to manage a team of baseball players who were not much younger than him. Because of his own baseball abilities, he commanded respect; Because of his expectations, playing for a D1 school program, he turned a .500 (at best) program into D3 playoff participants in his first two seasons. Prior to that, no baseball team from Washington University had every been invited to the playoffs.

Rick taught me about humility. In the spring of 1982, my grandfather died. I went to the East Coast to attend his funeral and rushed back because it was my turn in the rotation. However, I was not in the lineup as expected and became visibly upset. I confronted Rick; his explanation was that I had not been to recent practices and I needed to ease my way back into the rotation. I moped around the bench most of the game, disgusted at his unfair and unwarranted decision. Then, I was asked to take the mound with two men on base late in the game. Two batters later, I gave up a towering grand slam. Despite losing the game and my earlier behavior, Coach Larsen could not have been more supportive. I have never forgotten that moment, one of great humility for me, and great leadership for him.

The next season, we began by losing our first 9 games. It would have been easy to pack it up, but the team went on an amazing run and made the playoffs for the second straight year. We trusted Coach Larsen that we were much better than 0-9, and we lived up to his confidence and expectations.

We did so competing regularly with teams from D2 and even the occasional D1 team. We were better because we played against better. Coach Larsen never shied away from scheduling tough opponents, and that was something he was very proud of. We talked about it in later years. Some of our most satisfying wins came against teams we had no business beating.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Debbie and his kids, who I only met as very little children. My last time with Rick was in April of 2019. We spent time watching a Wash. U. baseball game and had breakfast the next day. He expressed interest in having a reunion of the 1982 team in 2022; it would be a celebration of Wash. U.’s first baseball playoff qualification. He was deservedly proud of that accomplishment, and we were proud to have had him lead us there. He came to St. Louis with no intention of managing a college baseball team, but that unexpected “hobby” made a lasting impression on dozens of players for decades to come.

Rest in peace my coach, my friend.
Tuesday February 11, 2020
Condolence From: David Keene
Condolence: My heart aches for all of you as I watch the beautiful video tribute about Rick and his family and friends. I had the opportunity to get to know Rick and play some baseball, and basketball with him in Tomah. I was three years younger then Rick and he was an idol and mentor to me as he would always try and help me anyway he could. I loved getting to know and play ball with all three of the Larsen brothers and those are such terrific memories entrenched in me. My heartfelt sympathy and my prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.
Tuesday February 11, 2020
Condolence From: The Abbott EMS Family
Condolence: No words my friend. We have enjoyed working with you for over 30 years. Your passion for your athletes and the desire to teach the upcoming ATC's to be their best will never be matched. It was a true honor to work with someone who is always open to learning and by nature always teaching those around them, who were smart enough to pay attention. Thank you for that my friend! You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten! Our prayers are with your family and friends. It was an honor sir! Rest in peace!
Tuesday February 11, 2020
Condolence From: Mark E. Bye
Condolence: Ever since I first heard of Rick Larsen's illness and recent passing, an event that occurred over 55 years ago has been re-playing in my head. It's kind of my own "kid last picked" story which I have never spoke of or told anyone about before this.

We were in Fifth Grade, Miller School, Mrs. Hendricks' class. I was never athletic. I was pretty clumsy, uncoordinated and chubby. I absolutely dreaded the yearly unit on "tumbling" in Phy Ed. I couldn’t dribble a basketball or get a hit in softball to save my butt. And you know how kids at that age can be pretty cruel to one another. One quarter, Mrs. Hendricks actually gave me an "I" ("Improvement Needed") in "Playground" because I didn't join in with the other guys playing softball or touch football.

Even back then, everyone just knew that Rick was going to be a good athlete. And I don't know if Mrs. Hendricks prompted what he did with her own style of coaching, but Rick approached me one day while we were outside for recess and prodded me to get involved in a football game the guys were playing on that sandy, burr-infested playground. Throughout the game, he was advising and instructing me as to what I should be doing during each play. This was great! I really had a fun day!

Rick and I were never what you'd call close friends throughout the rest of our Tomah Public Schools career, but I tell this only to demonstrate how you’ll never know something that you do for someone else... even the smallest gesture... can have an impact that might last a lifetime. I know it might not seem to be a big deal to you, but it was for me on that particular day. And apparently it was enough of a big deal for me to remember it these past 55+ years.

Rest easy Coach Rick.
Tuesday February 11, 2020
Condolence From: Jean (Loehr) Roscovius
May all the memories give you peace. Rick and his family lived in our neighborhood as kids. His mother would be proud of all of his accomplishments.
Tuesday February 11, 2020
Condolence From: Juana Cruz
Condolence: At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29).
Friday February 07, 2020