Lawrence Martin Fix, 89 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Wadena and Pelican Rapids, MN passed away July 3, 2017 at his home under the care of Hospice of Mesa.
Lawrence was born on November 26, 1927 in Adrian, MN to Adam and Caroline (Haumesser) Fix. Larry attended Adrian high school until the age of 17. He then joined the Navy where he received his diploma. He served on the U.S.S. Princeton out of Alemeda, CA. After leaving the Navy he received on the job training with Council Oaks, an Iowa based food chain. He managed stores in Mitchell and Madison, SD until 1967 when he purchased the L.B. Hartz store in Wadena, MN.
Larry married Rose Marie Lewis, his childhood sweetheart since first grade, May 22, 1950. They had 6 children. Rose passed away December 4, 1988. He married Eunice Arlene Hohertz Pederson August 19, 1989 in Minneapolis, MN. She passed away March 9, 2003. Larry married Esther Ann Keltesch on September 23, 2004 at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Pelican Rapids, MN.
Larry was twice president of the Wadena Chamber of Commerce. He belonged to the American Legion, Elks, Rotary, VFW and Wadena Train Club. Larry liked outdoor yard work and leather tooling. His love of trains led him to become a model train enthusiast, spending numerous hours working on his model train displays. Larry’s greatest passion was anything western, including cowboy boots and hats. Many afternoons were consumed with watching western movies.
Larry is survived by his wife, Esther, children, Cynthia (Phil) Stotesbery, Steven (Evelyn), David (Lorie), Gordon (Terri), Guy (Cindy), and Gail (Ron) Rosenthal; stepchildren, Sharon (Bob) Stritesky, Randy Rettig, Joy (Randy) Geyer; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two on the way, 3 step grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Valeta Kapaun, sisters-in-law Caroline Lewis, Sue Lewis and Judy Hinze; brother-in-law Ed (Sharon) Hohertz, and many nieces and nephews.
Besides Rose and Eunice, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Balkenol.
Funeral service for Larry Fix is Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 514 First St. SE, Wadena, MN at 11:00 am. Viewing from 9 till 10:30.
Schuller Family Funeral Home of Wadena is in charge of arrangements