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Herbert A. Larberg, beloved “Opa” to his family, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Briarwood Manor Nursing home in Bellville. He is now free of his earthly bonds, and no doubt is reveling in the freedoms of heaven.

 Born in Napoleon, Mo. on Dec. 8, 1919, Herb was the son of Martin and Emma (Moellering) Larberg. He grew up playing basketball, ultimately becoming an All-American at Missouri Valley College, where he met is future wife Ruth.

He served our country during WWII in the Army Air Corp, stationed in Marfa, Texas as part of the flight instruction staff there. He returned from active duty and married Ruth on April 23, 1946. They moved San Jose, Calif. where he began a 35 year career with Owens Corning. His work prompted many transfers, and he and Ruth made their homes in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco,  Houston, and ultimately Bellville.

 In Houston, Herb and Ruth were active members of the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where they were long time members of the choir and chorale. This love of music carried over to retired life in Bellville, as both could be seen caroling during the Christmas Season with the Bellville Chorale on the square.

 Retiring in Bellville allowed Herb the opportunity to play endless rounds of golf and putter around the house. His energy needed additional outlet, and he fulfilled a longtime ambition acquiring 4L Farm, a lifelong cattle “project” property in Shelby , Texas. His return to the country ways of his youth spurred his interest in the rich history of Bellville and the surrounding area, and for many years, both he and Ruth were active member of the Bellville Historical Society.

“Opa” is survived by daughter Lindsey Larberg, of Bellville, and son and daughter-in-law Gregory and Leslie Larberg of Houston. He was blessed with six grandchildren:  Shelby Leigh and Larcy Shea Levins, and Nicholas Martin, Arden Elizabeth, Christian Joseph, and Dillon Michael Larberg. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Ralph, and loving wife of 49 years, Ruth.

 “Only the good die young” is a saying ignored by “Opa”. Over his 89 years, he lived a principled life, believing his word was his bond. He was incredibly devoted to family and friends, and his rambunctious humor was infectious. We should not be sad in his passing, rather celebrate his life as one which had positive effect on all whom he touched.

 The family invites friends to visit with them on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Knesek Funeral Home in Bellville in casual celebration of Herb’s life. Formal ceremony and interment will be held with family in Napoleon, Missouri later this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bellville Historical Society in Herb’s name.

Posted by Joy Neely


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