Larson receives lifetime Knights membership
June 14, 2012 3:08PM
Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 Grand Knight Jack Ulrich (right) presents Leroy Larson of Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly community with honorary life membership. | Supplied Photo
Updated: July 18, 2012 6:01AM
Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 presented Leroy Larson with honorary life membership during a recent meeting in its clubhouse in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.
The honor was bestowed upon Larson because of his “long-term dedication to the Knights, exemplified by his 50 years of continued membership, during which he served the Knights in a variety of roles,” council officials said in a news release.
As an honorary life member, Larson is exempt from paying the council’s annual dues.
Larson lived with his wife at 112th Street and Spaulding Avenue for many years before moving to Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly community. He is a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific.
“It is for our benefit that we recognize brother Larson for his steadfast service to the order,” said Perez Grand Knight Jack Ulrich. “His commitment is an example that our young and old brother knights should heed. His service to our country is in the finest traditions of the Knights of Columbus, which operates under the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.”