Deborah Larson


Debbie LarsonDeborah “Debbie” L. Larson age 59 of Tracy, wife, mother, sister, daughter and dear friend to all, peacefully passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be held 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4:00 p.m. Rosary Service and a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior the service at church on Saturday.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Debbie was born on May 29, 1958 in Sydney, MT to Janet and Donald Slagel.  She graduated from Marshall Senior High in 1976 and Granite Falls Technical College in 1983 with a degree in Accounting.  She married her high school sweetheart, Steve Larson in 1984.  They settled in Tracy, MN where together they established and ran Steve Larson Services Inc., in Tracy and the surrounding area for 15 years.  Following this, Debbie joined John´s RX Drug as an accountant, however according to many, she became the fountain of knowledge for all aspects of the business.  Her welcoming smile and bubbly personality was known and loved throughout the community.  Also during this time, they welcomed their 2 children, Tristan and Brittany, who would become her pride and joy… her heart and soul.  Debbie strived to provide a fairy tale life for her children, instilling in them a zest for life and a commitment to family and friends.She was an avid flower gardener, a fitness enthusiast losing herself in long walks with her dogs, a lover of summer nights watching the sunset from the dock of their cabin and a true inspiration with her flare for design and style on all levels.  However, Debbie`s real and abiding passions were always her family and friends. Her infectious laugh, witty personality, intense loyalty and enormous capacity for love is why she is beloved by so many.  Debbie has filled our lives with warmth and laughter and this loss leaves a tremendous void in all of us.

Debbie is survived by her husband of 34 years, Steve Larson, their children, Tristan Larson (Ayla Snyder) and Brittany Larson; her mother Janet Slagel; her siblings Rick Slagel (Patti), Mike Slagel (Teresa) and Shari Slagel (Razmi Patel); sister-in-law Debra Miller (Ardie); and her nieces and nephews: Sara, Cindy, Samantha, Heather, Tawnni, Braeden, Carter and Kai.

The family asks that you spend time with your children, take long walks with your loved ones and raise a glass in honor of enduring lifelong and beloved friendships.  This is what Debbie would wish for.

Blessed be her memory.


  1. Joni Greenwaldt says

    Steve: I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you all. Cindy is flying back. Debbie was always her very best friend. She was like another big sister to me… Joni

  2. Cindy Brooks says

    I will miss Debbie more than words can express. She was my dear friend for over 50 years. My deepest sympathy and love to Steve, Brittany, Tristan and Ayla, her mother Jan and all her family.
    May God grant you peace and comfort in this very difficult time.

  3. Lezlee Prouty says

    My Thoughts and Prayers to Debbie’s Family in this most difficult time.
    God Bless You All.

  4. Diana Campbell-Westley says

    My heart is heavy. Prayers to your family. Her kindest and giving of her self will always be in my heart.

  5. Linda Retzlaff says

    Our deepest sympathy to the Larson family.
    Larry and Linda Retzlaff

  6. Ina Rykhus says

    So sorry for your loss my heart is breaking for you. Always enjoyed talking to her at the drug store.

  7. Julie Lenertz says

    Steve, I am so sorry for your lost I wish I could be there. She was a very dear friend. I loved her very much. Julie.

  8. Amy Engesser says

    I cannot find the words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was a very warm, caring and FUN lady. Her smile was joyful, and brought joy to me! I will never forget her laugh. My most sincere sympathies to you all. May God walk with you as you grieve. May you find some comfort in knowing she was so loved and appreciated.

  9. John Jelinek says

    Steve, very sorry to hear about Debbie. I have lost family members but never a life partner. Debbie was a special person and a very important part of your life. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. May God Bless you and your family and keep all of you in His Blessing, John

  10. Donna Grabek says

    Steve & family…I am so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy. I also will never forget her laugh.

  11. Norine Hanson says

    I am heartbroken at hearing of this. Debbie was so sweet, helpful at Johns, caring and I looked forward to seeing her anytime!
    I will miss her greatly, my condolences to the family.

  12. Randy & Darla Larsen (cousin of your Dad's, Steve) says

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Deb Larson Family. Words can not be express ed what a wonderful lady she was.

  13. deb saxton says

    Our Sympathy to the Larson family! What a wonderful Lady Debbie was, she always had a smile, a helpful hand and a minute to just stop and talk to everyone. She will be missed by so many people.
    May all your wonderful memories of Debbie help in the days to come.
    May God lift you up on the hard days ahead.
    Deb & Darwin Saxton

  14. Tanya Bell says

    We were so very saddened to hear about Deb’s passing. Words clearly aren’t sufficient – distance is hard, but love never leaves. I loved Deb and I cannot imagine the loss for your family. Know we are thinking of you – we hope to be there this weekend. Love to you all.

    Tanya Bell and Lee Schafer

    • Teresa Slagel says

      Thank you so much! You, G.P. and Katrina have been talked about alot this week. We really do hope you can make it.
      Mike and Teresa

      • We will be there for sure on Saturday and we are trying hard to get there Friday night. It will probably be 7:00-7:30.

  15. Teri & Darold Johnson says

    Our Condolences to the Larson Family. People are right Deb will always be remembered for her smile. It was very contagious. Tristan I may have known you better than your dad and sister. Loved the hugs you gave me when you seen me. Praying for you and your family with what you will be enduring the next few weeks of getting used to your mom being gone. Love and take care

  16. Robin Menier says

    Steve, Tristan, Ayla and Brittany, I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Deb was such a kind, funny and terrific person and I know Sandy and Doug and have always treasured the friendship they have with you…..

    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time….We are sending you love and light!

    Robin, Dave and Ben Menier

  17. Diane Mercie says

    Our condolences and prayers to the Family and the large group of fiends! I always admired her wit, personality and sense of style. She will be greatly missed!!

  18. Sigrid Schmidt says

    Dear Steve and Family.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.. I don’t know if you remember us but we are your uncle Buds family.. it’s been a long time ago .. Please know that we feel with you. We’ll keep you in our prayers.
    Sigrid Schmidt and Family

  19. Diane Mercie says

    I just wanted to add “what a beautiful and heartfelt” obituary!

  20. Howard ,& Donna Kor says

    Steve – We are saddened by the loss of Debbie. Mike & Teresa – you must also be sad. Prayers for all of you!!

  21. Brian Nelson says

    Sorry for your lose. Our prayers are with you all!

  22. Cindy Byron (Eggermont) says

    Steve, Tristan and Brittany- words cannot express the heavy heart I have for your loss. I remember Aunt Debbie for her fun and style as well as always outlining her beautiful smile with a shade of pink lipstick. Allow yourselves to grieve and also remember to celebrate what a wonderful wife and mother you had. I wish I was making the trip out with my mom, but my prayers are with you all.

  23. Randy & Robin McIntire says

    Steve and family,
    We’re so very sad to hear about Debbie’s passing. Our hearts ache for all of you. She was truly a beautiful person inside and outside, and a wonderful friend to all of us who were blessed to know her. Your family is in our daily thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs to all of you.

  24. Dean Eggermont says

    Steve and family, so sorry for your loss, so grateful for the legacy …Deb will be deeply missed .Love and support always
    Dean & Sandy Eggermont

  25. Curt Boerner says

    Steve and family so sorry to hear about Deb my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. So many great memories of times spent with you two over the years. She was a fine woman wonderful person.

  26. Kristin Hansen says

    Words cannot express the feelings we have for you, Tristan and Brittany!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!! With warmth and caring, John and Kristin Hansen

  27. Alvina & Larry Moyars says

    Sending Our Deepest Sympathy to the Larson Family!! Deb was such a Caring, Kind, Funny Sweet Lady!! We will always miss her smiling face at the Drug Store!! May She R.I.P.~~ Blessed Be Her Memory! Heaven just gained another Angel… Alvina & Larry Moyars

  28. Mark Rosten says

    We are heartbroken to hear about Deb. Our condolences to the entire family.
    Dar and I have fond memories of Deb. May God give the family strength.
    Mark and Dar Rosten

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