Larry G. Renfrow of Roosevelt, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND due to complications from chronic lymphatic leukemia (CLL). Larry was born on August 3, 1942 in Underwood, ND, the son of Merle and Elaine (Nelson) Renfrow. He attended high school in Turtle Lake, ND, worked in Rapid City, SD and graduated from data processing school in Los Angeles, California.
Larry was united in marriage to Cynthia “Cyndy” Renfrow on November 29, 1980. He is survived by his wife, Cyndy of Roosevelt; children, Renee Renfrow and Kristie Renfrow as well as his granddaughter, Kennedy Renfrow – all of Glendora, California and the pride and joy of his life as well as mother, Elaine (Nelson) Renfrow of Bismarck, ND. Larry grew up in a family of six sisters and two brothers – known as “The Ls” – with all surviving him and now serving as his Honor Guard: Loetta Rogene Hovland, Leatrice Jean (Roger) Schilling, Luann Imogene (Mark) Renfrow Spangler, Lynette Marjean (Elray) Sondrol, Linda Jenelle (Dennis) Bauer, Leslie Eugene (Angie) Renfrow, Lyle Elgene (Debbie) Renfrow, and LaRae Virgene (Ferlin) Renfrow-Johnson. Also surviving Larry is his special “sister”-in-law, Pat Henderson and brother-in-law, Bryan (Jodelle) Henderson; Sharon Renfrow, the mother of Larry’s daughters as well as many much-loved nieces, nephews and ‘extended family’.
Larry enjoyed a rich and rewarding life as husband and best friend, Information Technology professional, world traveler, gardener, hobby farmer, and well-loved friend to many adults as well as all the neighborhood children everywhere who shared his smile, treats and companionship. He lived in South Dakota before moving to Los Angeles where he worked for the LA County Flood Control and later in Information Technology for Lockheed Aircraft.
Larry and Cyndy (Henderson) Renfrow met in Texas and were married in Roosevelt,
MN on November 29, 1980. They moved to Minneapolis in 1985 where Larry continued his career as a computer analyst consultant with Analysts International Corporation. He held contract assignments in Pillsbury Corporation and Burlington Northern Railroad for over 10 years. Larry and Cyndy lived in Plymouth, MN and loved many of their neighbors and neighborhood children as family. Highlights were the holiday parties hosted in their home and the children’s annual Ice Skating Christmas Party which became a neighborhood tradition at the Minnetonka Ice Arena.
In October 1999, Larry and Cyndy moved to Roosevelt, MN where they purchased Cyndy’s
family home property and built their home. Larry served as general contractor for the building and landscaping projects and relished working with the contractors with whom he and Cyndy became personal friends.
Larry enjoyed talking farming with local farmers, gardening, managing his lawn and property,
and keeping up his equipment in good order including changing oil whether the machine or vehicle needed it or not. He loved living in Roosevelt and was ever-mindful of the community schedule of events at the Roosevelt Community Hall where he seldom missed a pancake breakfast or soup and sandwich fund raiser. He was a strong supporter of programs to feed the hungry in Minneapolis, to support flood and hurricane victims and to share the gift of giving at Christmas through various community organizations. He loved the holiday celebrations with his family at home and extended family throughout Minnesota. He was particularly known in the family for his Christmas stockings and Easter “bunny baskets”. Birthdays and Cyndy and Larry’s anniversary were always remembered by him and celebrated with his love. Larry will be so dearly missed by Cyndy, his family and friends.
Larry was proceeded in death by his father, Merle Renfrow of Turtle Lake, ND; his special “parents”-in-law, Les and Ann Henderson of Roosevelt, MN, a baby sister, Louise of Bremerton, WA, brother-in-law, Gene Hovland of Minot, ND and many aunts and uncles and special friends.
In lieu of memorials, the family respectfully requests that friends and loved ones consider becoming blood donors at your local medical center. Larry was the grateful beneficiary of blood donations creating a huge realization that the lives of critically ill patients are dependent on us as individual blood donors. Donation are also suggested to the Roosevelt American Legion “Community Hall Restoration Fund”; the Roosevelt Cemetery Fund for completion of the chain link fence or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, November 10th at 3 PM at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in Roosevelt. Visitation was held on Saturday evening from 7-9 PM with an 8:30 Prayer Service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Warroad. Memorial Visitations are planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake, ND on Saturday, November 16th from 6-8 PM with a 6:30 Prayer service and at David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata, MN on Sunday, December 1st from 4-6 PM with a 5:30 Prayer Service. Interment will be at the Silent City Cemetery.