Larry L. Whalen

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, November 18, 1932
Date of Death:
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Age:
84 years old

Visitation

Date: Friday May 05, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Saturday May 06, 2017
Time: 10:30 am

Location: St. Bridgets Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Saturday May 06, 2017
Time: 11:30 am

Location: St. Bridgets Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: St. Agnes Cemetery - Plymouth Rock, IA

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, November 18, 1932
Date of Death:
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Age:
84 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, November 18, 1932
Date of Death:
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Age:
84 years old

Larry L. Whalen

Larry L. Whalen, 84 of Rochester passed away on April 30, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

Larry was born on November 18, 1932 in rural Canton, MN to Paul and Myrtle (Roche) Whalen. Following graduation from Canton High School, he enlisted in the United States Army. Larry was stationed in Germany for 18 months. After the Army, Larry moved to Endicott, New York for employment with IBM and was later transferred to IBM Rochester. On August 27, 1959, he married Shirley Stortz at St. Agnes Church near Canton, MN. The couple was married for 57 years and made their home in Rochester where they raised their six children.

Larry loved dancing and frequented the VFW Post 1215 in Rochester with Shirley and many friends. He was a skilled wood cutter and took great pride in building his fires. Larry raised his children amongst horses, camping and snowmobiles. Larry loved his devoted horse, Prince, and spent many weekends riding horses and camping at Forestville State Park.

Larry’s true pride and joy were his six children and eleven grandchildren. He was smitten by his grandchildren and spent many hours giving them wheelbarrow rides and taking them for walks. Although he was small in stature, he was large in presence and enjoyed family and good times.

Larry is survived by his wife Shirley of Rochester, his children: Gerald (Linda) of Lakeville, MN, Richard (Peggy) of Winona, MN, Steven (Anna) of Burnsville, MN, LaRita (Kevin) Fenske of Watertown, MN, Cory (Tara) of Eagan, MN, Todd (Heather) of Hager City, WI, brothers Edward (Sandra) of Canton, MN, LaVern (Neldah) of Rochester, MN, grandchildren: Angela (Jon), Jesse (Kally), Tatum, Zachary, Shawna, Shannon, Ryan, Aaron, Jason, Charlie, and Willow. He is preceded in death by his parents, a twin brother Louis, and siblings: Harold, Quinton, Paul, Delone, Joseph, and Lucy.

The Funeral Mass for Larry will be at 11:30AM at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church on Saturday, May 6, 2017 officiated by Father John P. Wilmot. Visitation will be held from 5:00PM until 8:00PM in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home on Friday, May 5, 2017 and one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be at approximately 3:00PM in the St. Agnes Plymouth Rock Cemetery near Burr Oak, IA with military honors.

 

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Though I know that this is a difficult time for you, my hope is that you will be comforted from God's inspired word the Bible.  John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21: 3,4 gives hope of a future resurrection and the complete elimination of death, pain and mourning. Under Jesus' kingdom rule we have this and much more to look forward to. Please accept my deepest condolences. 

sorry for your loss

Mrs. (Shirley) Whalen and family.  I am sorry for your loss and may God be with you during this time of grief.  May you also be  blessed through the many happy memories you shared as a family.  I have always had a great amount of respect for you and Mr. (Larry) Whalen and even in my 50's it is hard to refer to either of you as anything but Mr. and Mrs. Whalen.  I was fortunate to enjoy a number of opportunities growing up, as a guest at your home and thank you for those.  I wish you the best during these difficult times.


 


Bob DeFrang

Dear Jerry, Linda, Zach & Shannon,  We are sad to hear of your father's/grandfather's passing. We hope that you have many wonderful, happy memories that will very soon ease the sadness of having to say goodbye.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  --Mark & Lory Meredith

 I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a great family and I am sure that you are all supporting and loving each other. As your mother and father taught you. I pray for strength for all of you. 


Nancy Youssef

Dear Shirley and family,


Our hearts go out to you at this very sad and difficult time. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

 Our sympathies to you  Jerry and Linda. You are in our thoughts and prayers   

Shirley and family, So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 


Linda Williams Van den Berghe


Columbia, Mo

Larry was such a great man who always had stories and made me laugh.  We are sending the family our deepest sympathy and am sad that I will not be able come to the funeral but we will be thinking of all of you.  


God has gained another angel in heaven.  Sending hugs and prayers.  


Love,


Jason and Anita Young

Extemely sad for your lose. Larry was a great man, husband and father. I have only fond memories of him growing up with Todd and Larry driving us around in the back of the old blue pickup, chopping wood under the barn, getting the old scorpion snowmobile ready for winter....or Larry yelling "TODD!!!" For not feeding the horses. Cherish the memories and share your stories. Thinking of the Whalen Family from Australia.

Shirley, My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time, may Larry rest in peace.  My thought and prayers are with you all.  


Sally Frerick