Lawrence (Larry) Walter Thostenson, 71, of Melrose, MN, passed away surrounded by his family on November 30, 2022 at CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, MN.
Larry was born July 25, 1951 to Walter and Ruth (Kjeldahl) Thostenson. He grew up in Belgrade, MN playing with neighbors, loving baseball, setting high school football records, drumming with his band mates, antagonizing his big sister, acquiring carpentry skills from his dad, and learning the value of a great conversation from his mother.
Larry graduated from Belgrade High School and attended St. Cloud Technical College for Drafting before serving in the Army. His creativity and attention to detail helped build homes and the industries that grew our community during his three decades at Kraemer Lumber in Melrose.
Larry met the love of his life, Karen Haider, at 16 years of age in high school. They married on January 29th, 1972. The relationship inspired many. He professed his love to Karen profusely, with daily notes and drawings.
Larry was the ultimate father, brother, son, friend and community member. He taught his children to work hard, have fun, and respect everyone. People were so fortunate to be in Larry’s world. He showed his love with his quick wit, hilarious pranks, flowers, a sweet little note, and music. His personalized CDs have put babies to sleep with lullabies and were the soundtracks to many of our holidays.
Larry never saw a baby he wouldn’t want to hold, and they were returned with their hair combed in his signature style. His greatest enjoyment was when he became Poppy T. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He had an uncanny knack of connecting with each grandchild individually through sport, music, or play.
Larry is survived, loved and celebrated by his wife, Karen; children, Shanna Schiffler, Dustin (Cathy) Thostenson, and Tessa (Eric) Beuning; sister Nancy Weimerskirch. He leaves behind eleven adored and loved grandchildren; Gabrielle, Nate, Isaac and Eli Schiffler; Chloe, Devan, Camille, and Darren Thostenson; and Kendall, Sydney, and Simone Beuning; brother and sisters-in-law, Gary (Kathy) Haider, Jean (Curt) Larson, Joan Hoven, and Brenda (George) Kochmann; and many other relatives and friends.
Larry is welcomed to heaven by his loving parents, Walter and Ruth Thostenson; son-in-law, Wes Schiffler; brothers-in-law, Dennis Weimerskirch and Rollie Hoven; father and mother-in-law, Lee and Dorothy Haider.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 PM on Friday, December 9, 2022 and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial will follow Saturday at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating and Rev. Marvin Enneking concelebrating, with the burial at a later date. Military honors will be by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. The Mass will be live streamed and found on St. Mary’s Catholic Church website.