Eric H. Larson, 88

   Eric H. Larson, 88, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2024 at his home in Oak Brook, Illinois, surrounded by his family.

   Eric lived his life with one goal: to be the best husband, father, and grandfather, and to support his family with love and devotion. By that definition, his life was a resounding success! A core tenet of his life was a strong work ethic, as evidenced by his 55-year career as an industrial specialty coating salesman; incredibly, he drove well over 1,000,000 miles throughout his career. All this, while still finding time to be a passionate gardener, doting husband, involved father, cook, friend, baseball coach, and Cub Scout leader. During that span he selflessly supported and provided for his family, which included paying for all four children to attend college; it was his goal to “provide a better opportunity for his children than he was given.” During that time, he positively impacted the lives of countless people who worked with him, for him and, most importantly, were his customers. So much so, that one of his customers named his first son after Eric, a complement which he always cherished.

   On April 4, 1964, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Elmhurst, he married Patricia Ring. They lived a life filled with laughter with family and among dozens of friends. They raised their family in Elmhurst and moved to Oak Brook to enjoy their empty-nest years, but they didn’t slow down. Eric and Pat enjoyed snowbirding in Florida, spending time with their grandchildren, and staying active golfing, playing cards, and socializing with their lifelong friends.

   Eric H. Larson is survived by his wife Patricia, who survives at home and would be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on April 4. Loving father of Eric C. Larson (Michelle Sherman), Lisa (Mathias) Jeanneret, Michael (Barbara) Larson, Kevin Larson; proud grandfather of Elizabeth, Lucas, Patrick, Paul, Kate, Sofia, Charlie, Anna and Andrew; dear brother of the late Peggy, the late Carole, the late Raymond, Susan Koevenig, and Richard.

   Services have been held.  Recording of funeral Mass available through funeral home website.  Arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home,  Elmhurst. 630-832-0018 or