Larry Wobbema, 63, of New Rockford, ND, died Sunday, August 24, 2014, at his home under the care of his family and hospice.

Larry Wobbema, 63, of New Rockford, ND, died Sunday, August 24, 2014, at his home under the care of his family and hospice.

Funeral service will be at the First Lutheran Church, New Rockford on Friday,  August 29,  at 2 p.m., with interment at Prairie Home Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from  1 p.m. until  6 p.m. and Friday 9  a.m. until Noon at Evans Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church.

Casket bearers are Joey Wobbema, Clint Wobbema, Tyler Wobbema, Chad Wobbema, Mitch Candle and Kyle Schroeder. Honorary bearers are his grandchildren.

Larry Robert Wobbema was born on September 1, 1950, in Carrington, ND, to Pete and Donna (Park) Wobbema. He was the first born of 15 children. He was raised in the Carrington area and graduated for Carrington High in 1968. After graduating from the Bismarck Police Academy in 1971, he served as a police officer in Carrington, Valley City, ND, and Edmore, ND. Upon leaving that field, he worked at True Value, Holiday, Home of Economy all of Devils Lake, ND, and Bessette Motors in Carrington, from where he had retired in December of 2013.

Larry had three daughters Nikki, Staci, and Vicki. October 11, 2002, Larry married Jeanne Lacher in Devils Lake. They moved to New Rockford in 2007, after Jeanne’s retirement. From the union he gained two step-children, Lori and Daniel. Larry was blessed with 15 grandchildren and would have become a great-grandfather this fall.

During Larry’s life, he enjoyed fishing, dancing, country music and old TV westerns. The most important things in Larry’s life were anything that involved his wife, his children, his grandchildren and doing odd jobs at his church.

Larry is survived by his wife, Jeanne of New Rockford; three daughters, Nicole (Mike) Lofgren of Fargo, ND, Staci (Jim Wilson) Kilma of Cedar Point IA, and Victoria (Bruce Johnson) Wobbema of Devils Lake; two step-children, Lori (Joe) Wetch of Fargo and Daniel (Erin) Lacher of Midland MI; seven sisters, Pat (Ron) Gienger of Valley City, ND, Joni Parks of Carrington, Sandy (Kyle) Straabe of Leeds, ND, Betty (Bob) Abel of Wilmington, OH, Nanette (Curtis) Sovey of Gillette, WY, Michelle Richardson of Jamestown, ND, and Tina Hermanson of New Rockford; four brothers Bob (Jolene) of Sioux Center, IA, Jeff (Linda) of Minot, ND, Bill of Lacross, WI, and Jim (Ann) of Barlow, ND; fifteen grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Pete and Donna; grandparents; three sisters, Becky, Debbie, and Peggy; and three brothers-in-law, Harold “Red”, Rob and Mike.

If it is your desire to honor Larry with a memorial, the family suggests First Lutheran Church Foundation or Prairie Home Cemetery, both New Rockford.

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Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, is in charge of arrangements.