Lawrence Houle, 89

Lawrence (Larry) Houle, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

Larry Houle was born Dec. 2, 1922, to Adelor and Marie Houle. On Feb. 5, 1946, he was united in marriage to Dolores Colombe. For 31 years, Larry was a district supervisor for the Star Tribune. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Little Falls Kiwanis Club and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Dolores. Together they raised seven children: Trish Gripp of Brainerd, Ron (Dar) Houle of Merrifield, Tom (Pat) Houle of Springfield, Mo., Deb Hanghian (Dennis Jasper) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Rick Houle of Little Falls, Tim Houle of Little Falls; and Becky Houle (Don Erkens) of Sartell; along with 20 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Larry is also survived by his brother, Wallace (Anne) Houle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Clarice Welle, Irene Fogel and Lucille Rakow.

Larry was a devout Catholic and a strong family man who dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a gentle soul who exemplified the spirit of Christianity. Larry’s greatest joy was creating treasured memories with his family and friends.

The Houle Family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Greg McNamara and the extraordinary staff at the St. Otto’s Care Center for their gentle, loving and outstanding care of Larry.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Otto’s Care Center, 920-4th Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56345.

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