Larry Q. Holmberg


NEW ULM — Larry Q. Holmberg, age 71, of New Ulm passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from cancer at his home in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH Chapel with Pastor Phil Schenk officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH Chapel. Visitation will continue 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lorna (McDowell); Daughters: Lyn Johnson (Scott) Springfield MN; Becky Montgomery (Bill) Chandler AZ; Sonja Holmberg (James Stanford), Gilbert AZ; Nikki Flor (Cory), Miller SD, Sons: Kelly Holmberg (Nancy), Nampa ID; Quintin Holmberg (Melissa), Isanti MN. Grandchildren: Briann Truebenbach, Amber Meehan, Leo DuFault; Kevin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Will Montgomery, Maddie Montgomery, Chase Guerrero, Shane Crothers, Dominic Holmberg, Reuben Holmberg, Olivia Flor, Autumn Flor, Christy Holmberg, Brian Holmberg, Brandon Holmberg, Jayda Robbins. Great Grandchildren: Kyla, Kamryn, Kobe, Calliope, Mike, Abigail: Special Nieces: Erika Teachout and Vanessa Holmberg along with many nieces and nephews. Siblings: Jerry Holmberg, Mike Holmberg, Diane Melton. Brothers-in-law: Kevin McDowell, Howard McDowell.

He is preceded in Death by his Parents; Grandparents – Wellington and Dorothy Holmberg; Carl and Vernie Athearn; Stepfathers – Hal Sweeney and Bill Gentry.

Larry Quintin Holmberg was born on December 11, 1946 to Quintin and Francis (Athearn) Holmberg in St. Petersburg Florida. Larry’s family moved to Tucson when he was about 6. His teen years were spent in Tucson and Lake Mead (Las Vegas). His love of cars developed while working with his father at their garage and gas stations. His mother’s family had moved to San Jose area, so he spent time there as well. In addition to working on cars, he worked at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas as a chef. After his tours in Vietnam he met Lorna. They were married in Santa Barbara on Valentine’s Day and enjoyed 48 years together. He was chef in restaurants such as the original Bully’s in Del Mar, CA; Torry Pines golf course in La Jolla, CA; and The White Horse Inn in Three Rivers, CA. Additionally, he found he had another satisfying talent as a tax preparer, teaching tax preparation classes, auditing of returns before submitting, and managing one of the offices in the early 70’s while working in his father and mother-in-law’s tax/bookkeeping offices in North San Diego County. In 1979 he began trucking, dispatching and managing drivers for McLane Pacific and then J&R Schugel. He retired in 2008.

Larry loved his large family, traveling (especially by car or motor home) along with cars from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s and cooking. He spent his free time at the ocean, lakes, and in the mountains. He particularly liked Santa Cruz, Pismo Beach, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks while spending time with Lorna and his family. He enjoyed off-roading in the desert and foothills of California. In his childhood he was on boats and he continued that love throughout his life. The lakes of Minnesota and the Mississippi river provided places of enjoyment in Minnesota. He continued his love of cooking whether on the beach, camping, or at home in the kitchen. While retired he enjoyed woodworking, using his creative DIY talents and working on his 64′ Rambler American Convertible. Another love in his life was his dogs. They were his daily companions and accompanied him on many of his travels.

He was baptized Catholic as a baby, attended Baptist and Methodist churches with his family throughout his childhood. In Ojai, Visalia and Merced he was active in the Baptist Church. He accompanied the youth choir and youth groups during travels including a Mission trip to Mexico. In Winona he was active in the Evangelical Church.

He was greatly loved and his memory will live on in his family and friends.