Laurence Finnegan

Finnegan, Laurence

Laurence "Larry" Finnegan, 55, of Mosinee, died Friday, January 11, 2013 at home with his family by his side after a battle with cancer.

Larry was born on May 1, 1957 in Wausau to the late Laurence and Caryl (Coyle) Finnegan. He married Paula Van Ert on May 15, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.

After high school, Larry served in the U.S. Navy from August 20, 1976 until November 11, 1980. He attended UW-LaCrosse and graduated with a degree in Park and Recreation in 1986. He worked doing inside sales for Viking Electric Supply until he retired in June of 2011 to start his own business: Big River Stump Grinding. He was very proud of being a veteran, of his career at Viking, and running his own company.

He was most proud, however, of his family. His other passions included hunting, down hill skiing, riding his Harley with friends and family, telling wild stories (many of them true!), making new friends, and giving advice to his nieces and nephews, and his dog Fonzie. He was also famous for his bonfires, which made the devil envious.

Larry is survived by his wife, Paula, of Mosinee; son, Lucas Creamer of Bath, Maine; sisters, Mary Finnegan of Wausau and Brigid Williams of Wausau; brother, Pat (Holly) Finnegan of Wausau; nieces and nephews, Sarah, Shawn, Ryan, Derek, Kaitlyn, Shawna, and Shane; seven sisters-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 700 West Bridge St, Wausau. The Rev. Jeffrey Hennes will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Humane Society of Marathon County, 7001 Packer Drive, Wausau, WI 54401 and Caring for Carcinoid Foundation, 198 Tremont St, Box 456

Boston, MA 02116.

Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be given at

The family would like to give a special thanks to Larry's personal physician, Dr. Richard Nash whose compassion and care meant the world to Larry and Paula throughout his illness.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2013