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Lawrence J. Carrington

Lawrence J. Carrington, 81

Died Sept. 16, 2017

Lawrence John Carrington of Hager City, Wis., passed away peacefully in his home on Sept. 16, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Graceville, Minn. on March 10, 1936, the son of Florence (Ehrnst) and Lawrence Keith Carrington. Larry was the oldest of 10 children and is survived by all of his siblings. Larry graduated from Graceville High School in 1954 and joined the United States Army. He was stationed in Alaska and when off-duty enjoyed downhill skiing and fishing. After his discharge from the Army, Larry earned an accounting degree from the Minneapolis School of Business while employed as an accountant for United Truck Leasing. In 1973, Larry and his family moved from Saint Louis Park, Minn. to Red Wing, Minn. when he purchased Kingsbury Transfer. He owned and operated Carrington Transportation for many years. Two years after moving to Red Wing, he purchased two additional trucking companies, Skyline Express in Duluth, Minn. and SLX in Bemidji, Minn. He operated those two companies with his brothers-in-law, Richard Eisenmenger and Wayne Marcus. Larry later sold his trucking companies and was employed in the Sales Department of Mack Trucks of Rochester. In December 1992, Larry became Deputy Registrar for the License Center in Red Wing. Sandy and Larry remain owners of that business with their daughter, Michele.

Larry loved a good martini or "bump" of Matusalem Rum, enjoyed a wide variety of music from classical to country, appreciated beautiful crystal, fine china and gourmet food. He and Sandy were the original members of not one, but two gourmet food groups in Red Wing; the source of many good stories!

Larry was an avid fisherman, hunter and NRA supporter. He owned a tree farm, better known as the Deer Camp in Bear River, a place he called, "a little bit of heaven." When Larry fell 35 feet from his deer stand, Bill, Larry's very special nephew, was there to save his life. Thanks Bill, for giving us 23 more years with our Larry. Bill and Teresa Lorimer now own that little bit of heaven.

With his G.I. Bill, Larry earned several advanced pilot ratings (private, commercial and instrument), and together, he and his licensed co-pilot Sandy flew side-by-side on many adventures, including landing at restricted air field while on a flight to the Bahamas. Larry and Ronnie Tesdall owned planes together and their strong friendship continued to this day.

Larry loved playing in the dirt with his John Deere tractor and Caterpillar bull dozer. It was always important to have someone watching while he was running his equipment just in case of a potential mishap like driving over the side of the bluff on his Mississippi back channel home. He loved the Green Bay Packers and all things Republican.

After transitioning his deer camp to Bill and Teresa, Larry and Sandy purchased their legacy lake home on Bone Lake, Wisconsin in 2013. We look forward to creating more great stories and toasting to Larry around the campfire, surrounded by dragonflies (for more information about the dragonfly project, go to www.dragonflyproject.org).

Larry is survived by Sandra, his wife of fifty-six years; his children, Kristi Carrington (Tom Schneider), Michele (Rick) Moskwa, and Melissa (Paul) Carrington-Irwin; his grandchildren include Jonathan "JT" Schneider, Matthew and Cori Fairbanks, Zack (Abby) Moskwa, Jake Moskwa, and Dixon and Mackenzie Irwin; his great-grandchildren include Connor, Logan and Kennley Moskwa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Danielle Schneider.

The family of Larry Carrington invites those touched by his life to a Celebration of Life Mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Church of Saint Joseph with Father Robert Meyer presiding. Visitation will be at the Church of Saint Joseph from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, with a short prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a period for sharing stores. There will also be a one-hour visitation prior to Mass. Memorials are preferred to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, Mayo Hospice, Red Wing, 1407 West Fourth Street, Red Wing, MN 55066, or the Church of Saint Joseph.

Mahn Family Funeral Home-Bodelson Mahn Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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