Larry was born December 16, 1948 in Thief River Falls, MN, to Ernie and Alvira (Maidment) LaCoe. Larry moved from Thief River Falls to Kenmare, ND as a child and later to Bismarck following the Railroad with his father. There, he met Jana Overbeck in 1964 and they were married
February 24, 1967. Together, they had three children, Shelly, Scott, and Chad.
Larry worked as a windshield, mirror and glass wizard, artist & technician with Harmon glass from 1973 until his retirement in 2004. He was always working on different projects with glass from glass shelves to proudly display mom’s green thumb, mirrors for decoration to memorials for his niece Mary Lynn and brother Wayne.
To say Larry was a “do it yourselfer” would be a tragic understatement. From projects involving cars, boats and trailers to landscaping, he was always finding a way to get the tough job done. Through this do it yourself approach, he passed on a lot of knowhow and a “yes I can” attitude to his children.
He had a few nicknames over the years, two that really stick out are “Rebel” because he lived life his way, even if it was different than what the world expected. The other one is “The Fonz” which I can only assume was because of his great hair and his cool approach to life and his motorcycle days.
Larry was a regular on the local dirt track racing scene starting in 1974 through 1996 where he raced in classes from Street Stock and Super Stock and Wissota Modified. He was also an avid outdoorsman and loved to spend time outside hunting and fishing. He was always willing to teach a man to fish even if it took a long-long time. Another of his favorite activities was his yearly hunting trip to the Badlands with family and friends.
Larry is survived by his wife Jana, his daughter Shelly (Steve) Mariner, his grandson Nick (Whitney) Mariner and great-grandson Graham, his granddaughter Kayla (Dustin) Reierson and great-grandsons Gage and Ryder; his son Scott (Heather) LaCoe and grandchildren Tristan and Sierra; as well as his youngest son Chad LaCoe. He is also survived by his brother Joe, brothers-in-law, Randy & Bob and their families, as well as the family of his late brother Wayne which includes sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews & great-nieces and great-nephews.