Larry Haeckel, age 80, of Glenwood, died Friday, August 10, 2018 at home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14th at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Lawrence “Larry” Raymond Haeckel, the son of Raymond and Margaret (Luiken) Haeckel, was born on September 22, 1937, in Fairmont, Minnesota. Larry grew up in Fairmont but also loved spending time at Burr Oaks, his grandparents’ lake cabin. Larry graduated from Fairmont High School in the spring of 1954. The following fall he enlisted in the United States Army. He served three years active duty, two of which were spent in Germany as a combat engineer. During this time he earned the Army of Occupation Medal for his service abroad. He was honorably discharged from active duty in September of 1957, after which he served with the United States Army Reserve for an additional five years. After returning home, Larry earned a business degree at the University of Minnesota.
On November 23, 1957, Larry was united in marriage to Janice “Jenny” Nagel, also of Fairmont. They moved to Glenwood in 1960, where they took over ownership of the Hi-View Motel. Larry and Jenny owned and operated the motel, along with an onsite antique and coin shop, until Jenny’s death on August 26, 1996. Shortly thereafter Larry closed the business. Larry continued to reside in Glenwood until his death on Friday, August 10, 2018.
Larry was a member of the Glenwood Sportsman’s Club, the Starbuck VFW, the Glenwood American Legion, the Lakeside poker group, and he was a “regular” breakfast patron of Tom’s Market. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a “naturalist” long before it was fashionable. In addition, he liked collecting and polishing agates, bird watching, and doing Sudoku and crosswords puzzles. He loved attending auctions and rummage sales and collecting various trinkets and antiques. In the days and years to come, Larry’s family and friends will forever remember and cherish the love he had for them. May his memory be blessed.
Larry is survived by three daughters, Dawn (Michael) O’Connor of Leesburg, VA, Kristin Haeckel of Minneapolis, and Shirley (Don) Porter of Killeen, TX; two sons, David (Sara) of Victoria, and Steven (Melissa) of Glenwood; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Katie, Tony, Ryker (and his wife, Claudia), Rhamsie, Siobhan, Rory, Jody, Hannah, and Amber; four great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Margaret; his wife of just shy of 39 years, Jenny; and his sister, Janet Ziemann.