Lawrence J. (Larry) Nelson, 76, passed away June 5, 2014, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MN. Larry graduated from Univ. of Minnesota. After a brief stay with the IRS he joined the FBI in August 1963. He was stationed in Arkansas, California, Washington DC, Alaska and Wisconsin during his tenure. He was promoted to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) during his time in Anchorage and retired as SAC, Milwaukee, WI in 1989, after serving twenty-six years with the Bureau.
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Larry served as Director of Security, Asst. GM at Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, WI from 1989 through 1992, when he was pleased to return to Anchorage, AK as General Manager for Purcell Security, his primary role to oversee security for the oil companies operating the fields at Prudhoe Bay, AK. Larry and wife Loa moved to River Falls, WI, in 1996, where they built and operated a Sears Dealer store until 2001 when they returned to Aitkin, MN, Larry's home town. For many years he was an active member of several Congregational churches and was active in Rotary International.
Larry is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Loa; son, Mark Nelson (Denise) of Cary, NC; and daughter, Kristen Nelson of Anchorage, AK; grandson, Joseph Nelson (Emily) of Cary, NC; with great grandsons, Henry and Charles; and granddaughter Kaitlin Nelson of Corpus Christi, TX., and Larry's former wife: Jacqueline (Everson) Higby (Gordon), Anchorage, AK. He is also survived by stepdaughter, Michele Schuh (Michael) Anchorage, AK; children Sarah and Katherine; and stepson Matthew Mueller (Loydene) Hillsboro, OR. He is survived by brothers, Bruce (Donna) of Woodbury,MN and Dennis Nelson of Andover, MN; and several nephews. Larry was preceded in death by daughter Laura; mother and father Merlin and Lawrence.
Larry's wish was for cremation and he will be interred at Lakeside Cemetery Aitkin at a later date. A visitation and memorial service were well attended by family and friends in Aitkin and Crosby on June 9 and 10, 2014. Memorials may be made to the Aitkin Library or the Aitkin Jaques Art Center.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from June 15 to June 16, 2014