302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

William H. Larsen VMD

William H. Larsen VMD, age 85, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Bethesda, MD, passed away August 11, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, NY to William and Astrid (Pedersen) Larsen. He was predeceased by his father, his mother, his brother John, his son Eric, and grandson Matthew. He is survived by his wife Susan, also of Wilmington, and his daughters Cathy Cummings (Bob) of Oreland, PA and Elisabeth Clarke (David) of Wilmington, DE. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Bill graduated from Unionville High School, sailed as an able bodied seaman for two years in the merchant marine, attended the University of Delaware, and received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Delaware, he was responsible for checking the butterfat content of H.F. DuPont’s herd at Winterthur, as well as hosting the Delaware Farm and Home Hour on WDEL. He was a member of the professional fraternity Alpha Zeta.

Upon graduating, he became the Delaware State Veterinarian. He then was in private practice at Friendship Animal Hospital in Washington, DC. Some of his clients included President Johnson, Jeane Dixon, and Clement Conger.

Bill enjoyed antiquing, and had a passion for any time-keeping devices, early lighting and daguerreotypes. Bill and his wife Sue loved New England, and spent many summers in New Hampshire. In his later years, he loved looking outside watching the wildlife and enjoying the beauty around him. His trusted pug, Trump, was always by his side.

Bill’s presence was larger than life. He had a way of lighting up every room. He loved music, and loved to sing to those around him.

The family thanks the staff of the Kutz Home for their kind and professional care of Bill over the past year.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to the Kutz Home, 704 River Road, Wilmington, DE 19809.

Funeral Services

A service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 Buck Road.


    Nancy & Chuck Baith writes,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing! Wow, he had an awesome life’s journey!
    08/13/2019 06:13 pm
    Sherri Von Stein lit a candle and writes,
    The Von Stein Family
    08/13/2019 06:22 pm
    Bob and Eleanore Gregg writes,
    Cathy and family, Our love, Sympathy and prayers for your family. Praying that this time together as a family will be a time of sharing memories.
    08/13/2019 07:02 pm
    Leo & Marianne Sforza lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Cathy and Family, We send our deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss of your Father.
    08/13/2019 10:58 pm
    Sharon Mangesian RN writes,
    Sue I was honored to care for Dr. Larsen. He will truly be missed. I’m blessed to have known you both and will keep it as a treasure always. He’s certainly in a better more beautiful place now . Am working the day of his service or I would not have missed it. Know I think of you often and would love to keep in touch. Sincerely, Sharon
    08/14/2019 04:30 pm
    Ann and Dennis Cutrell lit a candle and writes,
    His love of love was passed down to the next gen. Sincere sympathy, Cathy, to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers. Ann and Dennis.
    08/14/2019 09:37 pm
    Patrice Roman writes,
    Sue, Bill lived a remarkable life and was a man of many accomplishments. How fortunate you were to share that journey with him! You might recall Bill was the first person with whom my father Peter dined after Dad moved into the Kutz Home. My father always enjoyed his meals and conversations with Bill. I remembered all the Monday evening concerts where Bill would interject his own brand of humor and kept the residents and staff chuckling throughout the performances. I hope these memories bring a smile to your face and lighten your sorrow for just a moment. You and your family continue to be in my prayers. Dona nobis pacem! Patrice Roman (Peter Roman's Daughter)
    08/14/2019 10:05 pm
    Cheryl Horn writes,
    May the peace of God that passeth all understanding fill the gaping holes left by the passing of your brother and now your father. Fondly, Cheryl
    08/15/2019 05:16 am
    J/A writes,
    Dear Sue, God bless you and your family during this time. As I reflect the last 3 1/2 years of knowing Dr. William H Larsen VMD, he was always such an inspiration to me and an amazing friend who I met. He was very interesting and love to talk about a lot of different things. Exploring the outdoors was always an adventure. He loved good food. He always sang to me upon visiting (You Are My Sunshine) when I would leave he would say ...Til next time my friend. What an amazing man and I will miss him dearly! Tusen Takk.
    08/15/2019 09:58 am

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