Lawrence M. “Larry” Krier, age 90, of Hudson, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at his home. He was born January 17, 1927, in River Falls; to parents, Peter and Margaret (Lebens) Krier. He grew up in River Falls/New Richmond and was united in marriage to Rachel Cody on July 1, 1946 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. The couple moved to California where they began a family. The growing family later moved to Hammond before settling in Hudson. Larry and Rachel were blessed with six children. He worked as an over the road truck driver for Texaco hauling gasoline. In 1972, Larry changed careers from truck driving to retired life, a career he thoroughly enjoyed.
Larry loved nothing more than being with his family, who all lovingly referred to him as “Grandpa.” He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Rachel, around the United States in their motorhome visiting and ministering to family and friends. Larry was fond of sharing stories with anyone willing to listen, all of whom quickly became his friends. His happy-go-lucky demeanor was always present in his joyous whistling.
Larry will forever remain in the hearts of his children, Sandra (Claude) O’Donnell, Joe (Sally) Krier, Mary (Scott) Pearson, Jerry (Kathy) Krier, James (Marcy) Krier, Theresa (Timothy) Thomason; sixteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Rachel; two grandchildren, Solomon Michael Thomason and Colleen Ann Rocha; his parents, and all his siblings.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Thursday, July 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM with a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Private Interment will be in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials to the family will be donated to Larry’s favorite charities.