Roy Steven Larson

March 21, 1961 - June 10, 2020

Roy was born in 1961 to Roy and Joanne Larson. He was raised in Shoreview, MN where he developed a passion for football, fishing, and Rock'n'roll, and he graduated from Moundsview High in 1979. In 1986, Roy married the love of his life, Chelly Dykstra, a 100% Dutch, God-fearing farm girl from Northwestern Iowa. They spent 17 years in ministry together sharing the love of the Lord across the US and even in Madrid, Spain. Roy, then, had a successful career in Recruiting and Staffing, ultimately finishing as an industry leader in MN and selling his business in 2016.

Roy passed away while fishing at Lake Vermillion and staying at 'the cabin' on Center Island, where he frequently visited since he was 7 years old. He passed away at his favorite place on earth while doing the one thing he loved most (musky fishing).

Roy was notorious for his unfiltered encouragement and gut-filled desire to lift everyone up, whether you had low tires or full tires, he always pumped you up more with kind, sincere words and/or his 8th grade sense of humor. Roy made friends with anyone and everyone; it didn’t matter if it was the guy changing the oil in his car or a CEO of a billion dollar organization. Roy truly could, and did, become everyone's best friend in a moment, but he especially loved the underdog. Early on, Roy's life was  transformed by the love of God and that love overflowed to anyone and everyone that he got to know. Roy passionately loved his savior Jesus, his wife, his family and others well.


Roy leaves behind his wife, Chelly, of 34 years, his 3 sons, David, Daniel and Andrew, his 3 perfect daughter-in-law's, Courtney, Lindsey, and Annie, whom he absolutely adored, his parents Roy, Nadine and Joanne, and his sisters, Laurie and Carrie and her husband Chuck. All of them are excited to reunite with Roy in heaven.


There will be a private family visitation, by invitation only, on Wednesday evening. The celebration of Roy's life will take place Thursday at 11AM at the Larson residence in New Prague.


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9 days ago

Almost 3 months has passed and I am just learning of Roy’s passing. I reached out to Roy earlier this summer but no reply. This morning the Lord told me to google his name only to find out that we went home to Jesus. I met Roy in 2010 at a coffee shop to network as I was unemployed. Our mutual christian friend thought Roy could help me in my search and he certainly did. He was a distant friend but I always knew I could reach out and he would pray with me. I last worked with Roy at… Read more »

Glenn Scott
30 days ago

I am incredibly sorry to learn of this loss. My sympathy for Roy’s family and close friends. His sermons always inspired me.

Wanda Fowler
2 months ago

I’m very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. My condolences are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Deb Louwagie
2 months ago

Chelly, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Roy’s passing. It sounds like he was a wonderful man. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family. ❤️

Heather Reynolds
2 months ago

Chelly and family. I just heard of Roy’s death. I’m so sorry for this tremendous loss. I know you must feel he is gone too soon. The intersection of his life with mine when we were all in ministry together all those years ago will never be forgotten. I will hold you all in my prayers. – Heather Reynolds

Diane DeLong
2 months ago

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Roy’s recent sudden passing, and my heart goes out to you all during this difficult time. Roy and Chelly will always hold a special place in my heart for helping me understand the bible in a new and life-changing way when I was a college student at BC, and for laying a foundation in the campus ministry that has stayed with me and served me well throughout various stages of my life. I remember Roy as passionate and energetic in his preaching, and someone who was full of life. He inspired… Read more »

Carl Stemm
2 months ago

I just learned of Roy’s passing. I met Roy around 2000. I was a client of his. He always made me feel I was the most important person in the world to him when we were together. We shared several lunches together. He introduced me to the consulting world in 2003. I always said I would go back to consulting some day which happened earlier this year after 15 years and something I love to do. I am so sorry for his family which he talked so fondly of. Roy certainly made a positive difference in my life. I couldn’t… Read more »

Michael G Barton
2 months ago

Dear Chelly, I’m sorry so for you and the boys’ (young men) loss. I have great memories of you and Roy in the Boston Ministry, fond memories. THANK YOU for sharing your love, lives and hearts with us! God Bless, my prayers are with you and your family. I didn’t realize that Roy was and avid fisherman … Rest in Peace, Roy Larson, Fisher of Men.

Linda Lemery
2 months ago

Dear Chelly and family: We met at Dave and Courtney’s wedding last year. What a lovely family and extended family you all are. My cousin Bob let us know this sad news about Roy. We are so very, very sorry for your loss. May God bless you all. Most sincerely, Linda and Steve Lemery

Jim Valente
2 months ago

I haven’t been in contact with Roy since I left Boston in 2003 – but after the utter shock and deep, deep sadness – all I could think of was a man who, without a doubt, lived life to the full. I can see his amazing smile and feel his incredible presence as if it were yesterday. Dynamic, energetic, passionate, compassionate, charismatic – only a few of the many words I could ascribe to him. I wonder if there wasn’t anything that Roy couldn’t do well at – a man of so many talents! I have so many great memories… Read more »

Howard Loree
2 months ago

Dear Chelly, David, Daniel, and Andrew – Our family was shocked and saddened by the news of Roy’s sudden passing. I have so many great memories of Roy from our time together in the Boston campus ministry and Central Region. He was always completely wholehearted about everything he did: preaching, leading Bible studies, playing / beating us at Hearts, and training us for the church Olympics. I always felt that he believed in me and wanted me to succeed in my marriage, ministry, and career. I am so very grateful for all the things that I learned from you &… Read more »

Rosa and Michiel Middendorf
2 months ago

Dear Chelly, I can only imagine all the emotions, thoughts and sadness you are feeling at the moment. My heart and prayers are with you, David, Daniel and Andrew. Michiel and I are extremely sad and shock. We will always be thankful for Roy and the way how he impacted our lives. God used him to teach us God’s love and helped us become disciples. We remember our first Sunday service in Madrid his sermon moved our hearts deeply, 27 years later we are still faithful. We will never forget our wedding day! You both guided us and taught us… Read more »

Matt Anjilivelil
2 months ago

Hi Chelly, this has been shocking news……knowing we just connected recently on FB, I was looking forward to finding out more about you guys, when we heard this tragic news. Still remember when you guys moved to Boston from MN and being part of the campus ministry with you guys, especially babysitting David (Baby David to us!). Thanks again for the great memories! Roy will always be remembered as a passionate, loving man of God! Will pray for comfort and peace that passes all understanding.

Chuck Pike
2 months ago

I have to smile whenever I think about Roy, even after he is gone from us. I have so many fond memories of him. I loved Roy. What a character! I will always remember him as warm, passionate about life, easily connecting with people on a heart level, and having a crazy sense of humor. He was one of the very few people I have ever met that I would describe as “almost larger than life”. He introduced me to how to do men’s clothes shopping in Boston. I recall his prank calls where he would put on other voices… Read more »

Carrie Herrera
2 months ago
Reply to  Chuck Pike

I love you Pike’s…. I’ll never forget when we tried to reverse prank call Roy, and even though your Cambridge cop accent was perfect, we could not convince Roy of our sinister plot… it was an epic try…

Héctor & Miriam Morales
2 months ago

Chelly, we are so sorry for your loss. We have great memories of our times here in Boston. Serving God in Spain is unforgettable! Please know you and your family are in our prayers every day.

Derek Phillips
3 months ago

I first met Roy in the Summer of 1988 when invited to a summer Bible leadership camp. After 2 months of being around Roy & his passion for the movement of the gospel, he convince me to move from Dallas to Minneapolis. He had a lasting impact on my life & will truly be missed but never forgotten. My prayers are with Chelly & the kids.

Jeanie Shaw
3 months ago

Chelly, I am so sorry to hear of your profound loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I hope Roy and Wyndham are able to enjoy some Paradise fishing.

Karl Stefan jr
3 months ago

Always enjoyed being around Roy

Isabelle Mallard
3 months ago

Dear Chelly, I’m truly sorry for your loss. My most sincere condoleances to you and your family during this difficult time.

Jim Allen
3 months ago

Chelly David, Daniel and Andrew, Courtney, Lindsey, and Annie, I am so incredibly sad and devastated by the passing of Roy, who was such a wonderful God-fearing man. He is loved by so many and it is impossible for me today to comprehend what all of you are going through. I am praying for all of you. We know that Roy is with Jesus in heaven. I have the deepest respect for Roy and only hope I can be a little more like him. There is not enough space here to share how Roy has impacted my life. I would like to… Read more »

Mark and Mary Kristo
3 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Larson family. God Bless

Christa Jensen
3 months ago

I am truly sorry for your loss. May God bless your family with peace and comfort you during this difficult time.

3 months ago

Chelly, please know my heart is hurting for you. Sympathies and many thoughts sent your way in the next days and weeks ahead!

Susie Smerz
3 months ago

Oh Chelly and boys, my heart is broken for the loss of your beloved Roy! Hearing of his unexpected death took my breath away. Roy was larger than life, and full of love. He had a true gift to inspire and believe in others, to make them feel seen and believed in. I can’t imagine your devastation that he is gone. Far, far too soon. I will hold you so very close to my heart and in my prayers as you navigate the most painful loss of your lives

Howard R Vlieger
3 months ago

Chelly, Pam and I are so sorry to read this news! Please know that we will keep you and your family in our prayers. May the Holy Spirit pour out the fullest measure peace upon you and your family. Hold fast to the love of our heavenly Father for the greatest gift of all, the gift of Jesus as our Lord and Savior

Jimmy Rogers
3 months ago

Chelly, This is Jimmy & Maria Rogers. Our hearts were so saddened to hear the news of Roy’s passing. We wanted to reach out and express our love for you and your family during this time of loss. My biggest regret is that I did not share these words with Roy while he was alive. I have nothing but the fondness memories of all the times I had with Roy. He and I were roommates in Paris one summer while you and Maria stayed back in Boston as devoted pregnant moms. He and I were like kids as we toured… Read more »

Jack Woodring
3 months ago

My heart is broken. Roy cared so much about others and always made time to be interested. He used to call and check up on me when I moved to Colorado just to see how I and the family were doing. How I cherished those conversations and the connection. A very special man and a terrific person in very way. I looked up to him. Truly a great soul.

John and Susan Nettle
3 months ago

Oh Chelly, John and I are thinking of you and your family and friends during this difficult time. Such a beautifully written testimony of Roy, the lives he touched, and the legacy he leaves behind. Prayers for all of you in the days and weeks ahead. Love, The Nettle Family

Janet Johnson
3 months ago

My condolences to you Chelly & your boys during this difficult time.

The Casimirs
3 months ago

We never got a chance to meet Roy but I always wanted to by the way his son Dan talked about him. His love for God, his love for his family, his love for the church, and just how much he was always there for Dan. We know he’s in a better place and can’t wait to meet him in Heaven.

Adam Hoyhtya
3 months ago

Our Memorial weekend 2020 memory: Roy and Chelly had us over to their lake home in New Prague, MN. We hadn’t seen each other in months, so despite COVID precautions, we hugged when we met. We boated slowly around the lake, listening to the Beatles White album, while the younger kids were setting speed records on the jet ski. After we got back to their place, I turned on a song and I’m not sure why – it was a classic tune by Chicago. Chelly said, “Hey, this was in our wedding!” Roy and I retreated to the deck and… Read more »

Jim Baisch
3 months ago

You can see it in his face; the twinkle in his eyes and his infectious smile. He could definitely light up a room with laughter and joy. Roy loved God, family and his friends. He lived life to the full to the very end. Roy I will cherish the talks and times we had especially when I was going through a rough patch in my life. You truly are a special person and you will be deeply missed. Roy I never got to musky fishing with you as we had talked about. Keep a spare fishing rod ready for me… Read more »

John Dudik
3 months ago

A human life is a story told by God. My deepest condolences to the Larson family and all who will miss Roy. May they find strength and comfort in their search to understand why he was taken away from you all too early .

Mark Mullaney Sr
3 months ago

I’ll never forget my first conversation with Roy. Andrew had asked my daughter to the Senior Prom. Roy called to assure me that his son was a man of God with Integrity and Great Character. He went on to say that I had nothing to worry about and that he would treat her with total respect. This was the Legacy he passed on to his sons, and I never met a nicer man who reached out to someone like me that he had never met. Andrew, I feel your pain and the loss of a father, their hearts are in… Read more »

Vicki Windfeldt
3 months ago

Dear Chelly, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Roy, along with your family, were such a blessing during your time at Wooddale Church! I pray that God will comfort you and give you strength in these days. ❤️

Damian Humphrey
3 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss Chelly, David, Daniel, and Andrew.

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Ida Perez
3 months ago

My condolences to Shelly and the boys. Roy you will be missed.

Shawn Myszka
3 months ago

I am shocked and heartbroken to learn of Roy’s passing. He was most definitely one of a kind and will obviously be missed by so many, including myself. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chelly, David, Daniel, Andrew, and the rest of those in the world who loved Roy. May God lift you up.

Marinete Henry, formally known as Nete Rocha
3 months ago

My heart goes out to Chelly and the family. I have found memories of the beginning of my walk with God under the leadership of Chelly and Roy. May God comfort you all!

Kevin McDaniel
3 months ago

Chelly & Family,   I am so sad to hear about Roy’s passing. You are in our prayers.   I loved my friend and brother. While working together roughly 31 years ago, Roy and I had a lot of fun but also our fair share of conflict. I would say we both participated in causing our mutual pain. I am glad to report that all of that was resolved decades ago. One of the most humble, heartfelt, detailed apologies I have ever received in my 60 years on the planet came from Roy. I am still moved to this day… Read more »

Laurel Anne Larson
3 months ago

My brother. I do not have the the words to express how profoundly you impacted my life. How much I loved you or the depth of your loss. Godspeed my brother to calm waters and blue skies.

Lisa Hoffman
3 months ago

Dear Chelly and Your wonderful boys. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. We always felt welcomed into your family. My God hold you in his hands and watch over you in this difficult time. Sending our love From Eden Prairie: Lisa, Mark Landon, Jordan/Ivy and Jake Hoffman

Craig Granlund
3 months ago

I have had the privilege of knowing Roy for over 50 years and it was always so great to see him and have him call me his friend. He was so positive and giving, so fun to be around and I loved the way he made me laugh so hard over the stupid things we did growing up. Even though at times I watched him from a distance, sometimes for years, he had this gift to renew our friendship in an instant when we saw each other again.   He was truly a very special person and as I look forward to seeing… Read more »

Doug Te Grotenhuis
3 months ago

Chelly and family – we are so sorry for your loss. I hope you can feel the hugs of your extended “family” at this time. I know the time spent with you and Roy after Dan’s passing meant a lot to me. You guys were all about connecting – to Christ and others – and you were interested in helping our daughter look for a social work job in MN. Well, she ended up staying in IA for another couple of years, dating a good Christian SW MN boy. They were married on Saturday and may still end up in… Read more »

Tim Thompson
3 months ago

I met Roy 14 years ago through our mutual friend, Paul Gramstad, and what a lasting impression he made!! I always enjoyed Roy’s honesty and our heart to heart chats over lunch about our families, challenges and a variety of other topics. He always mentioned family and fishing, so dying doing something you loved is as good as it gets. Roy will be missed by many!! God bless Roy and his entire family!!

Shirley Westcott Kinder
3 months ago

My condolences. I have fond memories of our Campus Ministry days in Boston. Praying for you all.

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Blanca Perez
3 months ago

My deepest condolences to the family. Roy and Chelly were my teen ministry leaders and they were the first teen ministers in the Chicago Church of Christ. I have fond memories of their love, their leadership, and Roy’s powerful preaching.

Lee Prinkkila
3 months ago

My thoughts and prayer are with Chelly and the boys who turned all into great men. Roy had this quote on LinkedIn “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Roy you have made a huge difference in many lives and made this place better off than you found it. – Job Well Done.

Sheila Dorman
3 months ago

Roy was an inspiring preacher and an awesome man of God. He was our preacher in Winchester, MA. Chelly and family, I am sorry for your loss! May God comfort you ib your time of need

Mike Grant
3 months ago

The Eagle football nation is stunned by the loss of one our most inspirational members. I have told more than one person that our run of four championships in a row started with Roy’s speech at our parent meeting. He inspired the whole program and his handprint was on it for years. Amazing thing is when we would talk it was more about fishing. In my 43 years of coaching he was the best! What a wonderful father and mentor. The world lost a great one!

anne gaston
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Grant

Beautifully said Mike! I could not agree more! I feel lifted just thinking of them! Oh how they could bring light into the room!

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