Larry J. Thurman

October 19, 1932March 30, 2014
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Thurman, Larry J. Beloved Husband, Dad, Bumpa & Friend

Larry J. Thurman passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 30th, 2014 at the age of 81.

He is survived by loving wife of 57 years, Eileen (Carlson); son, Rory; daughters, Michele (Dan) DuRand, Erika (Brent) Cameron. Dearest to his heart are his grandchildren, Ashley, Cassie, Chase, Hunter, Cole, Ben, Alex and Ellen; and brother, Robert (Jane).

Larry was born in Greenville, IA and was a 1951 graduate of Robbinsdale HS. Larry & Eileen enjoyed seeing the world over 20 years of his dedicated service to the US Air Force. Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always had a story to tell with a twinkle in his eye. He will be missed dearly. Larry is preceded in death by parents, Elsie & Kelly; grandson, Gunner; siblings, Bud, Joreen & Betty.

Please join us in celebrating Larry's life Friday April 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm Peace Lutheran Church 20 Northdale Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN

Visitation will be at church 1 hour prior to service

Interment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Make a Wish Foundation or charity of donor's choice.

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  • Visitation Friday, April 4, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, April 4, 2014

Larry J. Thurman

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Erika Cameron

April 27, 2015

It has been a long hard year of missing you. Doing all of the things that we once did with you by our side. Remembering all of the joy and laughter that you brought to our lives. We miss you terribly!

John Pauwels

April 3, 2014

The good times we spent together in the Air Force, while stationed at Larson AFB, Washington will be a lasting memory to me. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

John, Dunedin,Fl.

Amy, Jeremy & Laney Bell

April 3, 2014

While I didn't get to know Larry all that well personally, what I do know of him I Iearned mostly through the lives of his children and grandchildren. I know that Larry served in the military, thus I learned he was a man of honor and integrity with a love for his country and family. I know he has a beloved dog who would miss him dearly whenever he was away, thus, I learned he had a kind and gentle heart. I know he had an interest in sharing and exploring, which I learned in listening to him talk to his grandson about his precious gem collection. I know he had a twinkle in his eye, and I learned quickly that it reflected his witty sense of humor and his relentless desire to tease and joke. Laney was a recipient of teasing on more than one occasion, and it's now clear to me that he targeted the little ones because the older ones were already on to his good natured nonsense. :-) Along those same lines, I learned that the primary use of his cane was not for mobility but more so for poking, hooking or snatching things from people, again, usually the little ones. I will remember Larry as a fun loving, hardworking man dedicated to providing a happy life for his family and living life to the fullest. I feel blessed to have met him.
We pray for the Thurman Family to be surrounded by much peace and comfort during the days ahead. Much love to you all!

John and Sue Tapio

April 3, 2014

John and I have lost a good friend. He had a good sense of humor and a giving personality. I wish we would have had more time to share stories with him. We had fun going out with him and Eileen. We will think about him often, will miss him at thr NARFE meetings.

Les & Judy Carlson

April 3, 2014

Eileen & Family. We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and give you comfort at this sad time. Our sympathies to you all. You are in our prayers.

D & D VanOrsow

April 2, 2014

"Larry was always very sweet to me, I will always remember his kindness."
My heartfelt condolences to Eileen, Rory, Michelle, Erika and their families.

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Darlene and David

Kathy Mallamo

April 2, 2014

Uncle Larry always brought a smile to my face with his humorous insights and wise observations. He will be missed by many.

Jessica Carlson

April 2, 2014

I will always remember his mischievous smile and funny things he would say. I am sorry for your loss. I will miss him too.

Leo DuRand

April 2, 2014

Our sympathies to you Michelle-Dan and your families. We are sorry we will not be able to make the celebration of your Father's life but we will be with you in prayers and spirit. Love to you all from Uncle Leo, Jeri, Chase & Anna DuRand

Brian Koste

April 1, 2014

Larry always made sure I was fed when I came over to help Erika with her Math homework in high school. If Eileen didn't have something already made, in the oven, or in the fridge, he was always willing to run up to Shortstop and get us a couple of burgers. It was always easy talking about life with Larry, I will miss him.