Bachman, Lawrence W. Was born on August 20, 1923 and passed away on September 22, 2013. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Olga Bachman, his brother Roy, and his beloved wife Louise. Larry is survived by his sons Lee and Dale (wife Ruth); his grandchildren Mark, Andrew, Jonathan, Bryan, and Anna (Itman); and his great-grandchildren Julia, Michael, Harvey, William, David, Amy, Joel and Tatum. Larry graduated from Washburn High in 1941 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After flight training, he was based in England as a co-pilot of a B-24 and flew 35 missions. Larry returned in 1945 and developed Bachman's Nursery Production and Landscape business. He was married to Louise in 1946. Larry was an officer of Bachman's and also served as President of the American Nursery and Landscape Association. Larry was a lifetime member of Richfield Lutheran Church. He was a 33rd degree Mason in the Scottish Rite and was Past Potentate of Zurah Temple of the Shrine. He served as chairman of the Shriners Hospitals Board and the Minnesota Masonic Home. Larry also served several years as a director of the Minneapolis Salvation Army Board. Larry was a visionary and creative businessman, helping to pioneer new techniques for digging, moving, and planting large shade trees and he launched Bachman's expansion to develop their Lakeville growing range. He was well respected and admired by peers, fellow employees, and customers. Larry was generous with his volunteer time to help bring WW2 vintage aircraft to air shows and air museums in the Twin Cities. He loved to be around these airplanes and those who flew them. We will miss his can-do attitude and creative spirit. There will be a visitation at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel on Sunday afternoon, 9/29 from 3-6 p.m. The funeral service will be at Richfield Lutheran Church, 60th and Nicollet South, Minneapolis, at 11 a.m. on Monday, 9/30, with visitation one hour before the service. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to Richfield Lutheran Church, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Twin Cities, Minnesota Masonic Home - Bloomington, Salvation Army of Minneapolis, or donor's choice. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.