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Lawrence "Larry" Vincent Nurre
Larry Vincent Nurre, age 67, died Sunday, December 31, 2017 while vacationing in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the time of his death, Larry was a resident of Cascade Canyon Ranch in Culver, Oregon with his partner, Julie Palmer.
Larry was born on February 25, 1950 in Algona, Iowa to Eugene F. and Marjorie M. (Tibodeau) Nurre. He was raised in Bancroft, Iowa and was active in the Kossuth County 4-H Club, where he showed Jersey dairy cattle. Larry was senior class president at Bancroft High School, graduating in 1968. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1969 and served along the DMZ in South Korea as a member of a special operations unit from 1970-1971. In February 1971, he retired with an honorable discharge as a Staff Sargent E-6.
Upon completing his military service, Larry moved to Estherville, IA. On February 8, 1975, Larry and Deborah S. Wycoff were wed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In 1977, their first son, Damien Saint was born. Larry and the family moved to Mankato, Minnesota in 1979, where, in 1980, their second son, Dominic Vincent was born. Larry was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish in Mankato. He served as a board member of the Schola Foundation and actively participated in the greater Mankato community.
Larry began his exceptional career in road construction with Rohlin Construction Company in Estherville, IA. In Mankato, he first worked for Brown and Legal Construction. In April 1980, Larry started his long career with Lundin Construction. At Lundin, he worked to eventually become a partner and owner, seeing the company develop into Southern Minnesota Construction (SMC). Larry oversaw the sale of SMC to Oldcastle Midwest and, after 37 years in the road construction industry, Larry retired on December 31, 2008.
Larry enjoyed his retirement as a cattle rancher and farmer in Western Oregon. At Deep Canyon Ranch and later at Cascade Canyon Ranch, he raised red wagyu beef cattle. He became a member of the Charlie Russell Riders, an organization of cowboys that promotes the art and life of the painter Charles M. Russell. Larry was an accomplished and experienced big game hunter and world traveler. He was a constant reader, teacher and leader. He was as active in his retirement as he was throughout his life.
Larry is survived by his sons, Damien and wife Kristin Kovalik of Bozeman, MT, and Dominic and partner, Mohan Warusha of New York, NY; his siblings: Marianne Briggs and husband, Ronald of Mt. Home, Arkansas; Margaret Vaske and husband, Philip of Sun City Center, Florida; Thomas Nurre and wife, Carletta "Kitty" of San Angelo, Texas; Kenneth Nurre and wife, Wanda of Meadowview, Virginia; Dennis Nurre of Summerfield, Florida; Jeanette Thal and husband, Dale of Mt. Prospect, Illinois; Cletus Nurre and wife, Gayle of Argyle, Texas; Martin Nurre and wife, Irma of Richmond, Texas; Robert Nurre and wife, Ellie of Seven Hills, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and their families. Larry was preceded in death by his father and mother, brothers, Eugene and Jerome, and his sister, Maxine.
A celebration of life service will be held at Traxler's Hunting Preserve in Le Center, MN on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 37699 Hunting Preserve Ln, Le Center, MN 56057, P. 507 357-6940. All who knew Larry are welcome to attend.
Published on January 22, 2018
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