Larry L. Jaeck
1950 - 2014
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Jaeck, Larry L.

Larry Lyman Jaeck died unexpectedly of natural causes on June 5, 2014, while on a business trip to the Midwest. Larry was born on May 5, 1950, in Minneapolis, MN., to Dr. James and Evangeline Jaeck. At the age of 10, the family moved from LaCrosse, WI, to Sheboygan, where Larry graduated from North High School in 1968. Larry went on to attend the University of Wisconsin—Madison where he received his B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Natural Resources. In 1976 Larry moved to the Seattle area to attend the University of Washington where he received his M.S. in Forestry.

Larry spent his entire career in the foodservice manufacturing industry. He began his career first with Miracle Maid Cookware, then the Lang Company, the Bill Miles Company, and in 1996 became a partner with Pro-Pacific Agents where he worked until his death. Larry was the consummate professional, earning the respect and admiration of dealers, end users, and designers alike. He built relationships with his clients based on old fashioned values like loyalty, honesty, and trust.

Larry had two abiding passions in life: food and birding. He was an excellent cook, and enjoyed preparing a number of cuisines. He loved going to restaurants and sharing meals with friends. On trips back to the Midwest, he always brought something to share—fish, fruit, or some other Pacific Northwest delicacy. Larry was both a passionate and patient birder. He could wait for half an hour for a single warbler to show itself in a tree. Birding, like food, was a social experience he enjoyed with close friends.

Larry was an active member of Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, the Seattle Chapter of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, as well as several foodservice industry associations.

Larry is survived by his sister Cindy (Mike) Barge of Rockford, IL, brother Dr. Gregory Jaeck (Gail Fulbeck) of Shingle Springs, CA, nieces Emily (Adam) Moret of Chicago, IL, and Katie (Chad) Michels of Denver, CO, and grandniece Vivienne Michels of Denver, CO. Larry is also survived by a number of close friends in Wisconsin and Seattle, whom he considered part of his family. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James Jaeck and Evangeline Jaeck.

A service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Gift of Grace Lutheran Church in Seattle. A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend. Memorial donations in memory of Larry may be made to Conservation Northwest ( or Gift of Grace Lutheran Church.

Larry's generosity, kind heart, and passion for life were an inspiration to all who knew him. Although he was taken from us too soon, his many humorous exploits will live on with us, and he will forever remain in our hearts.

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Published in Sheboygan Press on Jun. 22, 2014.
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August 20, 2014
I am so sorry to have just heard of Larry's passing. A dear friend from elementary school on and teammate in our Boy Scout Troop 61, Larry was a natural leader, warm-hearted with a generous spirit. My heart goes out to Greg and Cindy and the family and many friends Larry made wherever he went.
John Meyer
August 5, 2014
Shocked to learn this. Condolences to family. I was a fraternity brother, classmate and anthropology major with Larry at UW. This is a blow and I am glad we reconnected 10 years ago.
Chris Glueck
June 30, 2014
Hope you're having a Brat or a Polish Maxwell in Heaven, my friend. Gonna miss you and God Bless!
Eric Von Kaenel
June 28, 2014
I have not had the privilege of seeing Larry since 1967, the year we were in High School together. But after all this time, I still remember him for his great personality. He will be missed.
Roberta Smies
June 27, 2014
My Sincere condolences to Larry's family, Robin, and the Pro-Pacific Group. I always enjoyed the time I spent with Larry at shows, sales meetings, or talking on the phone. I shared his love for Walleye fishing, the Badgers and Packers and had many great discussion on all three. He was always a true gentleman with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all those who knew him, but; wont be forgotten.
Pat Huppert
June 26, 2014
Blessings to the Jaeck Family. I will so miss you Larry. You were always such a happy, generous and caring person. Larry you were a true pleasure to be around, such a gentleman. Many times at a School Food Show our tables were together. It was always so fun to help each other out. You will be missed - our Industry Group will not be the same. Thank you for being such a Gentleman Larry! Blessings to the Jaeck Family. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Vera Airth
June 24, 2014
Mary Cowles
June 24, 2014
Greg, Cindy, My Mom told me about Larry. Sorry to hear of his untimely passing. Please know that you and Larry will be in our thoughts and prayers. Greg, many great memories of the two of you- especially when Larry got us tickets to the Chicago concert in Madison when we were in college!
Gene Kroeff
June 24, 2014
Deepest sympathies from an old boyhood pal from Troop 61.
Tom Hermann
June 24, 2014
May the Hearer of prayer grant comfort, courage, strength and peace at this time of sorrow. My deepest sympathy.
June 23, 2014
Larry was a generous host when we visited Seattle. We are so sorry to learn of his death at such a young age. Our condolences go to his family and friends.
Terri Wiseman
June 23, 2014
To Larry's other friends and beloved family members... Irma and I enjoyed all the time we spent with Larry while living in Seattle. We all regret his number came up earlier than expected but we'll never regret continuing to be inspired by the man. Food and birding have become more focused passions of mine in my 50's. I feel closer to Larry knowing those passions inspired him as well. Peace to you during this time of grief and remembrance.
Bruce Donald Campbell
June 23, 2014
Larry was one of a kind and loved by many. His eccentricities and miss-adventures were legend and hilarious. His generosity and warmth were large and his good will was deep and sincere. He could laugh genuinely at himself and relish the affection of his many good friends who laughed with him. Nobody quite like Larry. We will miss him very much.
JoAnn Mills
June 22, 2014
Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of Your departed servant, in a place of brightness, a place of repose, where all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away. Good-bye Larry. Glad I had one more chance to talk to you last year!
Jule Furman Stodolka
June 22, 2014
Greg and family, Your brother sounds like he was an outstanding human being and I am very sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest sympathy your way.
Roberta Marsho Norcia
June 22, 2014
So sad to read of the untimely passing of Larry. He was a North High School and UW-Madison classmate. He was always fun to be with and he was a pretty smart guy.
Joe Gulig
June 21, 2014
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and feelings about my brother. It provides some comfort to our family to see how many people were touched by Larry's big heart. Greg Jaeck.
June 20, 2014
Larry will be missed. He was the epitome of a gentleman who's business class was only matched by his love of life and a good Bratwurst!
Ray Soucie
June 20, 2014
Larry was a special friend as well as business associate to us. We will miss him. Tess and George Anas
June 20, 2014
Larry taught all of us at Gift of Grace the meaning of the word "Agape."
Barbara Sehr
June 19, 2014
Larry & Robin were our sales reps a decade and more ago. Larry was a joy to be with. I particularly remember a feeding foray at Pike's Market where he introduced me to champagne grapes. And Mike and I will never forget the very special hand-picked and packed ripe peaches from Yakima that Larry sent us. He was a special guy and we are glad we shared some time with him.
Mary Esther Treat & Mike Colburn
Mary Esther Treat
June 19, 2014
Pro Pacific's Larry, Robin and Ryan recently receive the 2013 Foodservice Distributor "Rookie of the Year" Award from Panasonic on May 17.
All of us at Panasonic are heartbroken over Larry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We will always keep warm thoughts of Larry with us, we so enjoyed working with him over the past few years. He made us laugh and smile and always conducted himself with the utmost dignity and character. We will miss him terribly.
Steven Stohrer
June 19, 2014
With deepest Sympathy to Larry's Family, and Friends at Pro-Pacific. Larry was a great guy who could always be counted on to have a good story and a warm smile.
Steve Hoch
June 19, 2014
Larry will truly be missed by many. I've been lucky to have many years of association with Larry, including a fishing trip and many fishing stories.
Bob Bakken
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