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Lawrence Person

Sept. 9, 1920-March 6, 2010

Funeral services for Lawrence E. "Larry" Person, 89, retired Detroit Lakes Chief of Police, are set for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes; there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour preceding Thursday's services at the church.

Lawrence Edger Person was born to Edwin and Hannah (Hanson) Person on September 9, 1920 in Duluth, Minn. He attended schools in Minneapolis, graduating from Edison High School in 1938. He attended the University of Minnesota, University of Maryland and the University of Omaha.

In 1938, Larry joined the U.S. Army. On March 7, 1942, he was united in marriage to Delores Marjorie Christianson in Trenton, N.J. Larry served overseas in World War II and Korea, and completed his military career at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, retiring in 1963 at the rank of major.

After military retirement, Larry moved to Munson Lake near Detroit Lakes, and served with the Becker County Sheriff's Department and as chief of the Detroit Lakes Police Department.

Delores passed away November 25, 2001. Larry maintained his residence at Munson Lake and on January 18, 2003 was united in marriage to Jeanette Marie Wozniak.

Larry enjoyed visiting with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling around the world and dancing. Larry was a leader for Boy Scouts, Boys Club, and a firearms safety instructor. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the VFW, American Legion, D.A.V. and Eagles, all in Detroit Lakes.

Larry died peacefully on March 6, 2010 at Innovis Hospital, Fargo, after a short illness.

Surviving Larry are his wife, Jeanette and his 8 children, Wayne (Judy) Person of Portland, Ore., Bruce (Marilu) Person of Hillsboro, N.D., Phillip (Connie) Person of Lacey, W.A., Marilyn (James) Parsons of Leavenworth, Kansas, Patricia Johnson of Detroit Lakes, Dorothy Person of Lometa, Texas, Elizabeth (Alan) Olson of Moorhead and Susan Nelson of Lakeville, Minn.

Larry is also survived by three stepchildren, Francine (Scott) Olsen of Joliett, Ill., Marie (Dennis) Svendsen of Maplewood, Minn., and Pat (Mark) Schneider of New Ulm, Minn. He was blessed with 27 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great grandchildren.

Preceding Larry in death were his first wife, Delores; and his brother, Norman Person.

Blessed be the memory of Lawrence Edger Person.

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