Lawrence “Larry” Baumgartner, age 81, of Olivia, MN died on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at his home in Olivia. Funeral services will be on Friday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia with Pastor Matt Hausken officiating and military rites immediately following the service. Visitation will be 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Olivia Cemetery. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Lawrence Fredrick Baumgartner was born November 6, 1939, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to Clement and Margaret (Gabriel) Baumgartner. Larry was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island. He also attended school there. In January of 1957, he proudly enlisted in the United States Navy. After graduation he was stationed at a Naval Air Station in El Central, California. At that time, he received an accommodation and was transferred to the 7th Fleet Flag Ship, USS Helena CA75. The Helena was making its last and final cruise in the Pacific and the Far East. While he was serving he got to travel the Far East and visited Japan, the Philippians, Korea, Australia, Hawaii, and many more. He was honorably discharged in 1960 and returned to Bird Island, MN. He worked various jobs in the surrounding area. On December 7, 1968 he married Sandra Johnson at the Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church, where they both were lifelong members. They made their home together in Olivia, MN. Larry’s last employment was for the City of Olivia, where he worked for 35 years. He retired in 2004. Larry will be remembered most for being a great father, who worked hard to provide for his family. He was always there when we needed him. His grandchildren were his whole world. He loved them very much and was proud of each and every one of them; especially his granddaughter, Felicia Garcia, who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and his great-grandson, Aaron Norling, who is currently serving in the United States Navy. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent many hours on the lake fishing with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed his hunting trips up north with his son and brothers. In his later years he enjoyed hunting with his granddaughters, Katelynn and Katrina. He loved gardening and planting flowers. Larry loved his birds, especially his Purple Martins. He would whistle to the birds as if he was talking to them and they would whistle back. He had a beautiful voice which we enjoyed when he sang and played the guitar. Larry was very well respected in the community and had many friends.
Larry is survived by his children: Susan (Michael) Latzke, Fred (Nichole) Baumgartner, Michell (Mark) Harder, and son-in-law, Shawn Buesgens; five brothers and seven sisters; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Baumgartner; his daughter, Theresa Buesgens; his grandson, Jaime Francisco Garcia III; his step-granddaughter, Remington Harder; his sister, Shirley Baumgartner; his brothers, Bill Ingalls and Jeffrey Baumgartner; and his parents.
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