Laurence ‘Larry’ Joseph Bigelbach
October 27, 1932 - January 13, 2019
Veteran: Air Force (Korean War)
Laurence ‘Larry’ Joseph Bigelbach, age 86 of Oak Grove, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019.
Larry Bigelbach, son of Peter and Helen, was born on October 27, 1932. He grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Central High in 1951. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the Air Force where he was stationed in Korea, Japan, and Indo-China.
After 3 years in Japan, Larry returned to the States. He was then hand-picked by Gen. LeMay to be his Chief of Security. In 1957, he was the recipient of the Airman of the year Award.
In 1973, after 22 years, Larry retired at the rank of MSgt. During his service, Larry had the honor of escorting presidents; Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nixon. V.P’s; Mondale, and Agnew. As well as celebrities Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson, and many others.
In 1956, Larry met the love of his life, Ruby, who he then married in 1959. At that time, he promised Ruby 3 things; A roof over her head, food on the table, and clothes on her back.
Together they had 4 children; Ann, Corinne, Larry, and Bruce. They were also blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who he adored.
During this time, they lived in Minneapolis, St. Paul and on the family farm in Oak Grove. The log barn from the farm, built by Larry’s grandfather, was donated to the Anoka County Historical Society, and can still be seen at the Anoka County Fairgrounds to this day.
Larry retired from Unisys after 30+ years. He was an usher at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Oak Grove councilman, founder and chairman of Acorn Days, president of Oak Grove Lions, gambling manager at Don Hanson VFW, and an entrepreneur of many small businesses. He liked softball, bowling, antique cars, gardening, going to their winter home in AZ, boating, hunting, air shows and playing cards with his family.
Larry was a devoted man who loved his family and friends dearly. He took pride in spending time with those he loved and sharing his stories for hours at a time. His knowledge, vision and wisdom in turning this world into a place of hope and peace are of great importance to us. We promise that we will continue his path to greatness, while cherishing the memories we’ve made.
Until we meet again…
Mass of Christian Burial
Funeral Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Visitation starting at 9:00 a.m.
Lunch will be served in the Social Hall following the funeral.
Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery Minneapolis, MN
O Loving Father and Savior, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen.