Larry G. Boomgaarden

Larry G. Boomgaarden
Formerly of Shirley, MA, Air Force Vet; 71

FREDERICKSBURG, TX -- Larry Gene Boomgaarden, formerly of Shirley, MA, passed away unexpectedly on the evening of October 16th, at his current home in Fredericksburg, TX.

Larry was born February 24, 1942 in Adrian, MN. He was the eldest of 9 children born to George and Evelyn Boomgaarden of Ellsworth, MN. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1960. He enlisted in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged December 31, 1964.

He married Betty Sirois of Perth, New Brunswick, Canada in October of 1963. Together they had three children, Sherry, Michele, and Brian.

He inherited his father's gift for music. In high school, he was a member of several local bands, acting as lead vocalist and guitarist. He sang, played and entertained throughout his entire life. He loved returning to his native Minnesota for his family's large reunions and threshing bees.

Larry married Susan Kallander on June 4, 2000. Together they shared a passion for travel and visited many significant locations in the US, as well as Europe.

Larry also loved genealogy research and was an avid historian and record-keeper for his family. He loved high school baseball and eventually played for the Ellsworth American Legion Team. He had a passion for politics and never shied away from a spirited debate.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, and little sister, Phyllis Ellen.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Sherry (Conrad) Donell of Ayer, MA; Michele (Frank) Annaldo of Hampton, NH; and Brian (Colleen) Boomgaarden of Lancaster, MA. Also, his many nieces and nephews as well as his dear grandchildren, Kelsey, Myles and Morgan Donell, of Ayer, MA; Connor and Adam Boomgaarden of Lancaster, MA; Renee and Lauren Annaldo of Hampton, NH; Reid and Faith Stillman of New Braintree, MA; Elliania and Yaakov Shenker of CA; and Olivia Morgan of CT.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at on Sunday, November 24th at 12:00 pm at Billiard's Cafe in Ayer, MA. All friends and family are welcome.

Published in Nashoba Publishing on Nov. 8, 2013