Larry Van Ryswyk, 1942-2015
Funeral services for Larry Don Van Ryswyk of Albert Lea will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bonnerup Funeral Service, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Larry died Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center. He was 72 years of age.
Larry was born December 30, 1942, in Albert Lea, the son of Donald G. and Doris (Bremer) Van Ryswyk. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1960, Austin Junior College and Mankato State University in 1964. Larry taught social studies at Ashby High School from 1964 through 1975. He returned to the family farm in Albert Lea where he farmed since 1976. Larry also sold seed for Producers Hybrids and ran a custom bulldozing service. Larry enjoyed driving school bus for many years.
He was a proud fourth generation farm family and a century farm since 1883. He enjoyed hunting, airplanes, bulldozers and music. He also was an active member of the NRA. His greatest enjoyment was time he spent with his kids and grandchildren.
Special times were spent with his buddies drinking coffee at Hardee’s. His motto for life was “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”
Larry is survived by his wife, Connie, of Albert Lea; children Cheri and her husband John Hepler of Omaha, Nebraska, Kurt and his wife Lynette Van Ryswyk of Glenville, Dirk and his wife Heather of Northwood, Iowa. Grandchildren include Trent (Bethany) Hepler, Drew (Nicole) Hepler, Jordyn Van Ryswyk (fiance Cody Leggett), Kalli Van Ryswyk, Derek Van Ryswyk, Taryn Van Ryswyk and Dawson Van Ryswyk. Siblings include Gary (Ethel) Van Ryswyk of Sebring, Florida, Lori (Rich) Rippentrop of Twin Lakes. Aunts include Delores Van Ryswyk, Marge Sippel, Darlene Dulitz, LaVonne (Lester) Beers and Justine Van Ryswyk. In-laws include Elmer Sweet, Kathy Sweet, John (Rosa) Sweet, Cindy (Lavine) Petersen and Beth (Stephen) Smith. There are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Don and Doris Van Ryswyk, father and mother in law Elmer Sweet, LaVon Sweet Brua and Marvin Brua and many aunts and uncles.
Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or the First Presbyterian Church.