Larry Dean Lace, 59, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Larry was the oldest son of Richard Q. and Elda (Guildner) Lace of Castle Rock.
Larry's family will be celebrating his life with friends and family during a visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and again at a funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9th, at the Castle Rock United Methodist Church.
Larry was born on July 5, 1950,in Northfield, Minn. He was raised on the Century farm that his great-grandfather owned. He graduated from Northfield High School in 1968 and attended the Faribault and Mankato Vocational Technical schools (currently South Central College of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system) for cooking and baking. Larry worked in bakeries in Medelia and Minneapolis before being drafted into the army. Larry was stationed in Turkey during the Vietnam conflict era as a baker. Upon his honorable discharge, he worked in the St. Olaf College kitchens for 25 years and for Con-Agra Goods in Lakeville. In the early 80s, Larry met Rita (Rodrick) Smith while working at the St. Olaf kitchens. They were married on July 17, 1982.
Larry was a gentle, kind and thoughtful man who loved reading, baking cookies with his grandchildren and serving in many capacities at the Castle Rock United Methodist church, which included being the church's resident chef. He was also interested in and very proud of his Manx heritage.
Larry is survived by his wife, Rita (Rodrick) Smith-Lace of Burnsville; mother, Elda (Guildner) Lace of Northfield; children, Terry (Dan) Bliss of Northfield, Larry Smith of Burnsville, Kent (Susan) Smith of Burnsville and Tricia (DuWayne) Dixon of St. Louis Park; sister, Peggy (Ken) Runge of Northfield; brother, Rich (Betty) Lace of Castle Rock; niece, Laura Lace of Faribault; nephew, Andy Lace of Northfield; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Richard Q. Lace, and his sister, Patsy Lace.
Interment will occur in the spring at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield.
Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.