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Larry W. Betcher, 56

Larry Wayne Betcher was born Oct. 26, 1957, in Red Wing, Minn., to Carl and Irene (Gerdes) Betcher. He was raised on the family farm in Belvidere Township, attended parochial school at St. Peter Lutheran Church, and graduated from Goodhue High School in 1976.

In 1980, Larry received his Engineering Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and accepted a job at Schwartz Manufacturing in Lester Prairie. In 1989, he accepted a position as Design Engineer with Owatonna Tool Company, now Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. Larry most recently served as Manager of Product Innovation, where he obtained several patents for his innovative tool designs.

Larry married Krista Ann Pedersen on July 5, 1991, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Belvidere Township. After marriage, they made their home in Northfield. Larry was a devoted husband and father who treasured spending time with his family, especially following and supporting the activities of his sons, CJ and Kyle.

Larry was an avid runner who completed 26 marathons and cherished the friendships established through the Band of Ten Thousand Aches, a local running club. He enjoyed gardening with his sister, Ruth and brother, Dave, working on the family farm, and studying history-especially World War II. Larry also adored his dogs, Josie and Raider. Larry and Josie could often be seen running around Northfield; the Carleton Arboretum was their favorite destination.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Krista; his sons, Carl "CJ" and Kyle; his sister, Ruth of Rochester; his brothers and their wives: William and Judy of Cannon Falls, Paul and Linda of Goodhue, Curtis and Kathi of Gillette, Wyo., and David and Kay of Red Wing; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Irene Betcher; and his father-in-law, Curtis Pedersen.

Larry passed away unexpectedly at the age of 56. His life was cut tragically short in a farm accident near Red Wing on Friday evening, May 23.

A celebration of Larry's life will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center Chapel, 7984 - 257th Street W., rural Farmington. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield, and at the Retreat Center on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you plant a tree in Larry's honor.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.