Funeral services for 72-year-old Larry Mork of Madison were held Monday, Feb. 10, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Madison. Rev. Noel Herr and Rev. Terrill Bramstedt officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Lois Brehmer, organist.
Honorary casket bearers were Madison High School Class of 1965, Larry's Coffee Buddies, Bellingham Kanthak-Matthies Legion Post 441, Madison VFW Post 1656. Military Honors were provided by the Marietta American Legion Post 156 and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1054 of Watertown, SD. Active casket bearers were Don Tasto, Stan Olson, Jerry Abramowski, Jim Tasto, Graylen Carlson, Micah Dietmeier, Don Vonderharr, Gene Vonderharr and Jim Wittnebel.
The concluding service and burial with Military Honors were in the Hayden Cemetery, Madison.
Larry Palmer Mork was born on Dec. 4, 1947, to parents Palmer O. and Doris (Kunde) Mork at Madison. He was baptized on December 28, 1947, and confirmed on April 9, 1961, by Rev. Ernst Willie at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Bellingham. His confirmation verse was Matt 6:33--“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Larry attended country school through 6th grade and then attended Madison High School, graduating in 1965. He then attended Canby Vocational Technical School and graduated with the first class of the Farm Diesel Mechanics in 1967. In July of 1967, he entered the U.S. Army and trained to be a helicopter engine mechanic. He spent one year in Vietnam working on CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and becoming head of the engine shop and earning the Army Commendation Medal.
Larry married Eunice Hanson on August 21, 1971, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bellingham. To this union three children were born. Larry was a grain and dairy farmer before moving into Madison in December 1984. He was an AAL District Representative for a short time before going back to Canby Vo-Tech and graduating from the Diesel Fuel Injection Class. He worked in a diesel shop in Rochester for a short time before working at Lund Implement in Madison, Kibble Equipment in Montevideo, and Midwest Machinery, formerly Amundson-Peterson. He retired in June 2011 after 22 years as a partsman.
After moving to Madison, Larry and Eunice attended St. John's Lutheran Church where Larry held the positions of Sunday School teacher, and Elder and Chairman of the congregation. Family and his church were very important to him and he strived to set a good example for his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed time at the lake with the whole family. A day in the boat with children and grandchildren and an evening sitting around a camp fire were some of his best times. He also enjoyed going to his Vietnam Veteran military reunions. He was a member of the Bellingham Legion Kanthak-Matthies Post 441, the Madison VFW Post 1656, the Disabled American Veterans and the Vietnam Veteran's of America, Chapter 1054 of Watertown, SD.
After a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, Larry passed away on February 5, 2020. He had reached the age of 72 years, 2 months and 1 day.
He is survived by Eunice, his wife of 48- years; two sons, Jason (Kim) Mork of Otonville and Kyle (Dana) Mork of St. Cloud; and daughter, Laura (Peter) Woyen of Moorhead; four grandchildren, Rachel, Ethan, Emily and Addison. Five brothers, Wayne Mork of Madison, David (Cathy) Mork of Bellingham, Glenn (Sherry) Mork of Buffalo, Charles (Addie) Mork of Bellingham, Kevin (Melody) Mork of Alexandria and two sisters, Marlene (Mike) Miller of Louisville, KY and Lori (Martin) Dietmeier of Milbank, SD. One brother-in-law, Glen Klefsaas of Bellingham and a half-sister Ann Marie Durjan of Portland, OR and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Doris, his brother Donn in 2013 and sister Cheryl in 2019.
Blessed be his memory.