Lawrence Lockman, 85

Published 9:53pm Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lawrence (Larry) Henry Lockman was born Aug. 28, 1927, the son of Harry Henry and Mary (Vanger) Lockman in Faribault Township of Rice County. He was born and raised in Faribault and attended the Faribault schools. Larry enlisted in the United States Army on Nov. 27, 1945. He proudly served his country as a sergeant in Germany and was honorably discharged on Feb. 17, 1947. Larry was a construction foreman who supervised and directed the handling of supplies and material construction of warehouse and received a victory medal.

Lawrence Lockman

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked at Prinzing’s Fruit & Vegetable Market in Faribault, Owatonna and Austin. Larry married Ethel M. Hrabik on Jan. 7, 1948, in Faribault. They made their home in St. Paul and Minneapolis, then settled in Albert Lea and then managed the Prinzing’s Fruit Market until they closed. Larry also worked at Western Grocery, then Gateway Foods in Minneapolis.

Larry loved to fish on Rush Lake with his family and also had a fascination with automobiles. Larry was known for sharpening everyone’s knives and carving the holiday meats. He loved to make woodworking items like birdhouses, Santas, planters and furniture. Larry enjoyed going to craft shows and was in the background sketching the items and then came home and started making those items for gifts for the family. The family always knew what we were all getting for a gift after the first one opened their presents as we would all get the same.

One of Larry’s famous words was “OK.” Larry was a sweet, gentle, strong willed and polite man, husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving family includes: wife of 65 years, Ethel, children, Priscilla Douglas, David (Kathy) Lockman, Pam (Dennis) Schmidt, grandchildren, David (Amy) Lockman, Kelly (Jerry) Randash, Kevin Lockman, Amie (David) Fehn, Michael (Amy) Lockman, Paul Lockman, Rachel(Steven Lehner) Schmidt, Andrea (Elvis) Mitchell, Jessica (Peter) Conway and 13 great-grandchildren.

Larry was proceeded in death by his parents and two sisters.

The memorial service is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Methven-Taylor Funeral Home, 850 E. Main St., Anoka, with visitation starting at 3 p.m. Private family interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.