He was born and raised in Crookston.
Larry C. Oftelie, of Maple Lake, MN, age 65, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on May 4, 2013 at Lake Ridge Care Center, Buffalo. The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake, MN at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, MN, on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM.
Larry was born in Crookston, MN on February 17, 1948 to Knute & Helen Oftelie. He was baptized on April 26, 1948 & confirmed on October 6, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. He graduated from Crookston High School on June 1, 1966.
Larry served his country in the US Army from March, 1968 to March, 1970 serving one year in Vietnam. He served in the US Army Reserves until May, 1972. He married Judy Tufte on November 26, 1971. Larry served with the Happy Hooligans of the US Air National Guard of North Dakota from 1972 until his retirement in 1991. Larry also worked as a network technician for Qwest Communications, retiring in 2003.
He loved to travel, fish and read. He enjoyed riding motorcycles & gardening vegetables. He enjoyed the outdoors and had an adventurous spirit.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Knute & Helen Oftelie; brothers, Burton, Jimmy & Jerry. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Judy of Maple Lake, MN; daughters, Jennifer (Spencer) Erdahl of Buffalo, MN, Jill (fiancée, Andrew Peterson) Oftelie of Maple Lake, MN; beloved grandson, Cole Erdahl; brother, Clifford (Verleth) Oftelie of Crookston, MN; sister-in-law, Doris Oftelie of Huntington Beach, CA; cousins, Clifford Oftelie Jr. of Detroit Lakes, MN, Carol Christle of Moorhead, MN & Sandi Oftelie of Moorhead, MN.