AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Larry Stucky, of Ogilvie, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at his home. He was 74 years old.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 from 5-7 pm. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm. at Graceland Cemetery, Ogilvie, MN. A time of fellowship and food will follow at the Fish Lake Pavillion (674 Fish Lake Dr. Mora).
Larry Emmett Stucky, of Ogilvie, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family after an eight-month battle with lung cancer. He was 74 years old.
Larry was born on October 20, 1945 at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis to Russell and Evelyn (Johnson) Stucky. He spent his first five years in Rush City where he was joined by two brothers then lived two years in New Brighton before moving to a hobby farm by Lewis Lake where he developed a lifelong love of animals. After a few years the family moved into Ogilvie where Larry had many adventures with his brothers and friends in and around the Groundhouse River. He was an avid fisherman, trapper, and enjoyed hunting deer, bear, grouse, ducks, geese and many years canoeing along the banks of the peat bog trapping racoon, muskrat, mink and occasionally a skunk. Also, he had a special interest in preservation of wildlife. He catered to preserving the beaver habitat on his land along with protecting roadside wildlife. He was always up for an adventure and loved being with friends and family creating memories. He graduated in 1963 from Ogilvie High School. Larry joined the Army in 1965 and married Carol later that year at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogilvie, MN. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, Larry was stationed in Korea for 13 months receiving an accommodation for creating a courtroom on base and he also earned a black belt. When Larry returned to the states they were stationed in Georgia where they welcomed daughter Carey. Larry served in the Army for three years and was discharged with the rank of Spec 6. The family returned to MN where Larry attended the Minnesota School of Business graduating in 1972. Larry and Carol returned to the Ogilvie area and expanded their family. Carey’s prayer for siblings came in the form of Kimberly and Justin. Eventually homesteading the land Larry fell in love with as a boy walking the railroad tracks. They logged the land and used the lumber to build his one-of-a-kind home. If friends forgot to bring a hammer when coming to visit, he would borrow them one. When Larry had a project, he liked to get everyone involved. In 1983 he married Kathy and they were blessed with two daughters Courtney and Natalie. Larry shared his last 24 years with Lisa and they were married in March 2020.
On his homestead he always had animals and loved having a hobby farm. He raised beef cattle including Welsh, which he milked alongside his son, Justin. There were also quarter horses, POA’s and miniature horses, donkeys and mules. Larry also raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, rabbits and eventually bison. He enjoyed to garden and was proud of the vegetables and flowers he lovingly tended. He also founded Green Thumb Peat products selling near and far getting a contract with Nash Finch. Larry loved to make old things like new again and was an inventor creating many practical and useable items to be used inside and out. He had a knack for finding treasures.
Larry had a 20-year career in court reporting serving mostly in Pine County. He had many jobs over his life including working in the creamery, janitorial, construction, dock work, bail bondsman, etc. Larry’s greatest passion and talent in life was being a musician. He loved entertaining people and crowds gathered to hear him sing. He had several bands over the years including Whiskey Road, Country Kings, and County Line and was the house band at Pink Diamond for years and performed at many different clubs, parties, weddings, etc. Larry eventually made the transition to hosting karaoke where he had a “band in the box” and continued to sing and entertain while meeting “some of the finest people from all walks of life”. He had a 42-year career in music and treasured the friendships formed and all the great memories. His children enjoyed their dad’s special songs he would sing to each of them. Serenading was his specialty and will hold a special place in their hearts.
We will enjoy gathering at our family lake lot on Diamond Lake to fish, swim, have bonfires and reminisce the good ole days with our beloved dad. He cherished these special moments spent together creating memories.
Larry lived his life with a great sense of humor with love and laughter and enjoyed telling and hearing a good joke. He always had us laughing and uplifted with his joking and shenanigans. He was quick to make friends with lasting lifelong friendships. It was in his nature to spark a conversation and would visit with all who crossed his path.
He taught his children and grandchildren many lessons in life and they meant the world to him. Most important to love one another and lived life with a sense of humor because that’s what life is all about. He was constantly teaching and encouraging us all to learn and grow, whether it was teaching Carey how to type or how to run a trap line. He included everyone and willingly shared his knowledge and expertise. He was the definition of unconditional love. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who shared his wisdom, strength and encouragement. He will forever be deeply missed. Larry had a lifetime of love and laughter and so much more.
His charisma, presence, sense of humor, support, love and kindness will be missed by all that knew him. May God bless and keep him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Lisa; children, Carey Janisch (Curt), Kimberly Stucky (Joe), Justin Stucky (Shanna), Courtney Leddy (Benjamin), Natalie Hagle (Joshua); 14 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Mackenzie, Kelsey, Ashton, Ayden, Kiah, Brexton, Quinn, Madelyn, Sawyer, Elston, McCoy, Paisley, Everett; brothers, Lonny Stucky (Barb) and Russell, Jr. (Diane); aunt Betty Johnson; cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many, many friends.