Larry Gene Viker
Tuesday, November 27, 1945
Date of Death:
Monday, May 31, 2021
75 years old
Larry Gene Viker
Larry Gene Viker, 75 of Ryans Bay on Lake Zumbro, Zumbro Falls, MN passed away at home with family and close friends by his side, on May 31, 2021.
Larry was born on November 27th, 1945 to Norman and Jean Viker at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN. He graduated from Byron High School in 1967 and started working at Foster Electric in Rochester, MN where he spent his career retiring after 48 years. Larry proudly served in the Minnesota National Guard for nine years. Larry married Patricia Anne Ryan on May 22, 1976 at the Congregational Church in Rochester. The couple lived in Rochester before moving to Ryans Bay where they lived their lifetime together. Patricia passed on October 22, 2020.
Larry was an avid hunter, fisherman and was a skilled woodworker. He was known for his Hosta gardens which were admired by many who passed his home on the lake. He established the iconic “Boys Club” that was a local gathering spot for his many friends and family. Many a night was enjoyed there with his Lake family. Larry was a great historian for the lake and the person to go to for the local fishing report and the status of the ice. He was the first person to head out on the lake in the winter to check out the thickness of the ice. We all relied on him to know when the ice was safe.
Larry is survived by his brother Roger Viker, Patricia’a sibling: Mike (Patty) Ryan, Jim (Gaylene) Ryan, Larry Johnson (Linda deceased), Dan (Margret) Ryan, Tom (Jill) Ryan, and Larry’s half siblings, Debra (Gary) Helberg, Eugene Viker, Darwin (Tekla) Viker. He was loved and will be dearly missed by his nieces, nephews, and Lake family. Larry is preceded in death by his wife, mother, father, step mother and half brother.
A celebration of life for Larry and Patricia will be held August 14th, 2021 at Uncle John’s Bar and Grill.
A special thank you to Mayo Hospice and all of Larry’s Ryans Bay family for their support and care of Larry.
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Rest in peace, Viker. In my limited interactions with you I very much appreciate all of the good stories as well as your insight on hunting and fishing. Thanks for always making me feel like an honorary member of The Boys Club. I'm confident the fish are biting where you are! My deepest condolences to your friends and family.
Will miss all the ice fishing conversations and everyone thinking it’s Vicker coming when I drive a truck with the same color as his! RIP and now you are in Heaven with your wife. God bless your family
We’re going to miss you Viker.
Greg and Linda
Viker will be missed by so many. He was such a light in so many lives. I got to be his fishing partner this winter in South Dakota on Lake Wabay. We filled out on Walleyes and big Perch the first day, by 10:21. What a blessing for me to have the luck to be his partner on that trip. We laughed and talked for three days. I have fished with him on Lake Zumbro many times. He always had a way with people, making everyone feel so welcome. He let a lot of people share his ice shack with Patricia's pink curtains! I will miss his smile and hugs the most. He gave the best hugs! Love and miss you Viker. Russ and Mary Jo