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304 South Main Street
Minot, ND  58701

Phone: (701) 838-2832
Toll Free: 1-800-228-3588
Fax: 1-701-838-6949

Larry Strate

Larry Arnold Strate, 78, longtime Minot resident, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 in a Surprise, AZ hospice center.

Larry was born September 10, 1933 at Velva, North Dakota, the son of Arnold and Verna (Coyne) Strate. He was raised on the family homestead south of Velva and graduated from Velva High School in 1951.  As a young adult he was employed by the Great Northern Railroad.  Larry was united in marriage to Almira Pretzer on June 5, 1954 in Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva. They made their home in Stanley for a short time before moving to Minot.

Larry graduated from Minot State College in 1964 and began work at the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck.  After one year, the Strate family returned to Minot, where Larry began working at Production Credit Association.  Larry was manager of the Minot City Auditorium for many years and continued to work for the City of Minot until retiring in 1998. For many years, Larry farmed the family land south of Velva. Following the loss of their home in the flood of 2011, Larry and Almira relocated to Peoria, AZ.

Larry was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot. His hobbies and interests included:
trail riding with his horse and many friends, along with deer hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

His loving family includes, wife of 58 years, Almira; children, William (Janet) Strate Windsor Heights, Iowa,  Sandra (Gregory) Whelan, Peoria, AZ; four grandchildren that were the source of much pride and joy, Marnie Strate, Cullan Whelan, Sally Whelan, Jackson Whelan; sister, Arlene Annabelle, Vancouver, WA; In-laws, Arlo & Patty Pretzer, Minot, Wallace & Shari Pretzer, Leesburg, FL & Bonnie Groshong, Portland, OR; many nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, son, Dean and sister, Joan Helland.

Celebration of  Larry’s Life:  Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: At the request of family, there will not be any reviewal, however friends may sign the memorial register book on Tuesday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Chromosome 9P Network (P.O. Box 52, Appleton, WI 54912 or on behalf of his granddaughter, Sally Whelan.


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Thinking of you and the family. You and Larry had many, many years together. Hopefully, we can touch base while you are here.
Prayers for all.
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MessageDear Almira,
I was saddened to hear of Larry's death. He was always a special cousin even though we didn't see much of each other in later years. I have had you and Larry in my thoughts and prayers ever since the flood took your home in Minot. I know that was so hard on you both.
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MessageAlmira & Family -
Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Will you be coming back to Peoria? We're in Surprise. If you need anything or just want to visit, please call. Larry made a large contribution to the Minot community and will be fondly remembered.
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MessageHi Arlene...I've been thinking of you since I heard of Larry's passing. I was sorry to hear it. He was a great guy. I am living in Aurora, Co. now. Wally passed away in 1998, I retired and sold my business Jan. 1st 2004. Then my old high school mate contacted me when he was back to ND. to visit relatives and asked me out for a cup of coffee one morning and here I am. We got married in Apr 2005. Muriel

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