Obituary: Larry Lester Hartung

Larry Lester Hartung, 69, of Chaska, Minn., found peace on Oct. 13, 2012 following a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. Larry was born in Shakopee, Minn., on Sept. 6, 1943 to Lester and Ruby (Larson) Hartung.

Larry Hartung
Larry Hartung

He was raised on his family farm in Cologne, Minn., was a 1962 graduate of Waconia High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1963-65. He was a hard worker in the concrete and construction business. In September 2008, he retired from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) after 22 years of employment. His faith community included East Union Lutheran Church and St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Carver.

Cherished memories of Larry will be left to his wife of 43 years, Sharon (Vos) Hartung, daughter Faye (Hartung) Howard, her husband Seth and three grandsons Jack, Ryan and Nate from Pella, Iowa. His sister Linette Kirsch of St. Bonifacius, Minn., mother-in-law Betty Vos of Arlington, Minn., many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and in-laws including: Charlie & Johari Vos, Seattle, Wash.; Daniel & Rosemary Vos, Waconia, Minn.; Catherine & Michael Smith, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Michael & Susan Vos, Green Isle, Minn.; James and Lynn Vos of Green Isle; David & Christine Vos, Waconia; Mary & Larry Rewerts, Litchfield, Minn.; Patricia & Duane Geib, Arlington; Paul & Chris Vos, Henderson, Minn., will remember him fondly.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Ruby Hartung, sister Gayla Hartung and father-in-law Austin Vos. Brother-in-law Leon Kirsch Larry enjoyed helping out on the Hartung farms and frequently visiting the homestead.

He was very skilled with a chainsaw and made lots of fire wood during the 1980-90s. He and Sharon collected antique lightening rod balls and directionals which were often found on old barns.

For the last three years, Larry served loyally as volunteer at the Ridgeview Medical Center and Hospital in Waconia and the 212 Medical Center in Chaska. He enjoyed many trips internationally and in the United States. Being a Grandpa to three boys was special.

The family gives thanks to the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home for their compassionate care.

Celebration of life service held on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. Gathering of family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery Carver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridgeview Foundation (952-442-6010 or

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;