Larry Stoen, 56, of Highlandville, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at Big Canoe Lutheran Churchin Decorah, with Rev. Kathy Wicks officiating. Organist was Kathryn Thompson. Hymns were "Rock of Ages" and "On Eagles' Wings." Special music was a Vince Gill CD: "Go Rest High on that Mountain." Interment was at Big Canoe Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah. Honorary casketbearers were Dave Stoen, Jim Stoen, Ross Crawford and all of Larry's nephews. Casket bearers were Dylan Stoen, Dalton Stoen, Randy Stoen, Dwight Nichols, Gary Kroshus and Greg Anderson.
Larry James Stoen was born Nov. 17, 1957, the son of Sophus and Palma "Polly" (Engan) Stoen in Caledonia, Minn. Larry was baptized and confirmed at the Big Canoe Lutheran Church. He attended North Winneshiek Schools. Larry worked construction all of his life. He started tending and laying block for C.H. Construction; worked for Erp Construction in Spring Grove, and with his brothers; at Carlson's in Decorah; and at Bruening Rock Products, where he was a foreman at the block plant in Cresco. He then drove a dump truck for Bruening's until his health forced him to quit in Oct. 2012. Larry was married to Susan Solberg in 1986; they later divorced. Larry always was willing to work and was proud of raising his three children. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing cards and cribbage, working on cars and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Above all he loved his entire family and spending time with them. Larry was a member of the Big Canoe Lutheran Church and served on the church council.
Larry is survived by his three children: Dylan Stoen, Highlandville; Dalton Stoen, Highlandville; and Nicole Stoen, Mason City; his mother: Palma "Polly" Stoen, Decorah; three brothers: David (Dorothy) Stoen, Decorah; Randy (Stephanie) Stoen, Highlandville; and Jim (Lori) Stoen, Spring Grove, Minn.; three sisters: Linda (John) Miller, Corydon; Diane (Leo) Moccio, Spring Hill, Fla.; and Bonnie (Dwight) Nichols, Highlandville; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews; uncles and aunts: Thelma Ellingson, Decorah, Raymond (Darlyne) Stoen, Decorah, Herbert Stoen, Highlandville, Juanita Engan, Dorchester, Barb Haugen, Highlandville and Maynard Engan, Wash.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Sophus "Stoney" Stoen in 2005; one nephew, Dustin Stoen; uncles and aunts: Erven Ellingson, Kathryn Stoen, Ernest Engan, Janice Engan, Selmer "Sonny" Engan, Earl Engan and Harlan Engan.
The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to all who helped Larry the last few months: Some of the first responders in the Highlandville area, especially Chuck and Judy Shuros; the ambulance drivers; Casey's on College Drive for the donation jar for Larry. An extra special "thank you" to aunt, Barb Haugen and to his sister, Bonnie and husband Dwight for all they have done.