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Lawrence "Larry" F. Menard, March 20, 1944 - March 12, 2019

Lawrence "Larry" F. Menard
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Lawrence F. “Larry” Menard, 74, a board member of Menards Inc., died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Azura Memory Care in Eau Claire, surrounded by family and friends.

Lawrence Francis Menard was born March 20, 1944 in Eau Claire to John and Rosemary (Korger) Menard.  Larry came into the world six weeks early, and was said to be so small when he went home that he could fit into a shoebox.

 He grew up on his parents’ Town of Wheaton farm, but soon discovered a passion for cars and the “need for speed.”  At age 12, he convinced a beloved uncle to help him sell his 4-H heifer so that he could buy a 1935 slant-back Ford, his first car.  He biked 12 miles to pick it up, all unknown to his parents. Over the years he became active in several car clubs including the Chippewa Valley Corvette Club, the Chippewa Valley Model A Club, and the Indianhead Old Car Club.  He also helped organize the car show benefitting St. James the Greater School and volunteered with programs aimed at helping young drivers.  

He graduated from Regis High School in 1962, and served in the Wisconsin National Guard Reserve from 1965 to 1971 during times of great floods on the Mississippi River and civil protests in Madison.

In 1962, he joined his brother, John, at Menards, working first on pole building crews, and then as a top salesman.  He once noted that he probably knew every farm in western Wisconsin from his sales calls over the years.  His skill and passion for sales led him to become the general sales manager for Menards Pole Building Division in 1971.  A few years later, he became the Fridley (Minn.) Menards Yard Manager. “Friendly Fridley” was highly successful under Larry’s leadership, in which he oversaw a growth spurt for the company as the Twin Cities Menards District Manager.

Larry created a hard-working culture in the Twin Cities market before returning to Eau Claire in 1989 as the Menards Operations Manager, supervising stores throughout the Midwest.  Larry was a fearless leader who held this position for the next 20 years, traveling to stores, training team members, hosting sales seminars and attending countless grand openings. After he retired in 2008, Larry, known as the company historian, carried the flag for Menards as he attended seminars and board meetings, and made special appearances, including the Minnesota State Fair.

Larry is survived by his wife, Dawn, whom he married in 2000; son, Lawrence, Eau Claire, and daughter, Angela (Chris) Fahey, Andover, Minn.; step-daughter, Stacy (Barry) Swenson, Cadott, and step-son, Jeff (Katie) Mousel, Elk Mound; siblings, John (Fay), David (Bonnie), and Suzanne, of Eau Claire; Mark (Laurel) of Enumclaw, Wash.; Rosemary (David) Menard-Wallace, Show-Lo, Ariz. and Maggie (Tom) Menard-Mueller, Oak Creek;  11 grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jeanne (Sam) Krause.

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St, Eau Claire, WI 54703 with Father Tom Krieg officiating.  Visitation will take place at the church on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4-8 pm and again on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 9:30 am until the time of service.  Private family committal service with military honors rendered by American Legion Post #53 will take place in the McCombs Cemetery in the Town of Wheaton immediately following the mass.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Larry's name to Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association 3313 S. Packerland Dr. De Pere, WI, 54115 or St. James The Greater Catholic Church.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.  


  1. BRAD Gregg February 13, 2020

    Sorry to hear Larrypassed away. He was so full of life.

  2. Kip Stellpflug January 18, 2020

    Dawn, Charlie- So sorry to hear about Larry's passing. He was a great man and I am so happy that I got to spend time with him. He took care of me in Chicago and I will never forget that! Sorry this post is so late and if I can ever come up and visit I would be grateful. Respectfully, Kip Stellpflug. 6087923757

  3. Matt Hosch October 3, 2019

    During my many years at Menards, Larry had an almost mythical reputation for toughness, dedication to high standards and strong management. The culture and spirit of that company were influenced so much by his example and I was lucky to know him. Rest well, Larry Menard.

  4. David Roberts June 10, 2019

    Larry was the back bone of any position he had - National Guard, or of the Company a good salesman who always made you feel welcome. Good guy

  5. Bernard Lauder May 19, 2019

    My deepest sympathy to of his family and friends. Worked @ 3132 for nearly twelve yrs.and had a blast. Seminars were always a fun trip. Like his big brother, Larry was also a giant of a man. So sorry.

  6. Leon Harsch April 16, 2019

    Larry was an amazing guy who I enjoyed working with. He was always willing to talk and pass on the knowledge he gained over the years. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    I will be keeping you in my prayers.

  7. Linda Anderson April 10, 2019

    The Anderson family would like to send the Menards family are sympathy God bless

  8. Todd good April 5, 2019

    Truly a great man. He made bleed Menards blue. He inspired me to be the best manager i can be with a great company Menards. You will be sorely missed and never able to replace. God bless you and alm of the Menard family.

  9. Bob Rauser April 3, 2019

    I am so sorry about your loss.

  10. Brian Johns April 2, 2019

    Prayers to his family and God bless

  11. Sarah and Gene Jurisch March 29, 2019

    So sorry to hear about your loss! We had the privilege of meeting Larry while working at Menards with his daughter Angie. Great guy!

  12. Rachel Larson March 24, 2019

    To me Larry was a mentor, father-figure and friend. While working with Larry he taught me so many life lessons that prove true to this day.

    Larry always took the time to invest in people. You could see this in actions at our seminars, as team members would come up and talk to him, this larger than life man. He took the time with each and every person making that personal connection. You could just see thier eyes light up with huge smiles as they talked with him. He will be missed, but his life lessons will remain, making all of us that got the chance to learn from him, better for it. Thank you Larry.

  13. John H Schuelke March 23, 2019

    I worked for Menards for 15 years. Uncle Larry would pay is a visit. I always shook his hand and felt honored to work for him. I called him Uncle Larry and my bosses didn't line that. I got a kick out of it.

  14. Terry Kashmark March 20, 2019

    Very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great guy to talk cars with. The boys at Little Dearborn will miss him

  15. Ron mahas March 19, 2019

    I am very sorry for your loss Larry was a good guy. Such a hard worker a great example to fallow he will be missed

  16. Shawn dardis March 18, 2019

    Sorry for your loss

  17. Evan and Sue Erickson March 18, 2019

    Dawn and family, so sad to hear of Larry's passing. He was such a down to earth guy, always listening to everyone's stories and treated us all with due respect. His earthly journey has ended and now his heavenly one begins. He will be in our mind and hearts especially during car show season. Healing will take time. Loving thoughts and prayers sent your way.

  18. JUDY HARDER March 18, 2019

    I am so happy to have had the honor of knowing and working with Larry. He was a fine, strong man. I will always remember Larry's hearty laugh--thinking of it makes me smile. My deepest condolences to his many loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Denny & Peggy Dixon March 18, 2019

    We want to extend our deepest condolences to Larry’s family. Dawn, Larry was a loving husband and you made his life better and complete. Angie & Charlie your father was fabulous, he was very proud of both of you and loved you deeply. Larry was a great brother, uncle, grandfather.
    Larry lived life with a ethusatic passion providing encouragement, compassion, leadership, fairness and honesty. Larry never believed in the word can’t, he was always positive that you can. Larry always had my back, he was the most influential friend and mentor In my life. Larry would be on my Mount Rushmore of the Greatest of all time.
    Larry will be missed by many but never forgotten. God will provide you with peace and blue skies. R.I.P.

    Denny and Peggy Dixon

  20. Teresa Van Gelder March 18, 2019

    Dawn and all of Larry's family, I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing, but I also feel that there is a blessing in that he is no longer suffering with dementia. May your fond memories and God's grace help sustain you during this time of sorrow. I think back over the years and our friendship, and can see his quick smile and current joke he had to tell me. Will cherish these memories , as he was a true friend. Teresa Van Gelder

  21. Phil and Kelly Chase March 18, 2019

    We extend our sympathies to all of Larry’s family and friends. Larry impacted both of our careers and our family life as well.
    We met at Fridley Menards in 1980 and married in 1984.All of our Menard friends, including Larry was at the wedding.
    Our youngest son was born with cerebral palsy and Larry always took time to ask how he was doing. Our oldest son works at Menards currently.
    Larry had high standards for his employees, but he was very caring too. We will miss him.

  22. Dave miller March 18, 2019

    Dawn, Charlie, Angie and the Menard family:

    My condolences to all of you for your loss. Please know that while Larry may have been in the Home Improvement business he was just as talented in the people Improvement field as well. I am a better person because of him. Sorry for your loss.

  23. Daniel Ward March 18, 2019

    I am so sorry for your lose Larry was such a great man ,he will be missed dearly.

  24. Penny Hern March 18, 2019

    To the Menards Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I was Blessed to be part of the Menards team for 10 years. Larry was truly an Amazing man. I will never forget his kindness and his smile. Prayers for Dawn and all of his family. R.I.HEAVEN Larry

  25. Dale Muesbeck March 17, 2019

    Dawn Charlie, Angie and the entire Menard family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for Larry many years and had many great conversations with him. One thing that was very clear was his passion and love he felt for his family. You all were very lucky to have such a person in your life who really did care and loved you as much as he did. May the great memorize help you through this difficult times but also give you strength in the days to come. Rest in peace Larry, you were a great person in many ways and your support was always appreciated.

  26. Bryan Thomas March 17, 2019

    My deepest condolences to the Menard family.

  27. Marty Fischer March 17, 2019

    Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry and I shared a lot of great memories over the years.

  28. Fred & Pat Des Forge March 17, 2019

    Our condolences to Larry’s wife and Family.
    Larry and I had some classes together at Regis. He was a quiet guy and always had a big smile on his face. Larry was a regular at all the car shows and was always happy to answer any questions. We sat with Larry and his wife at the Charter Bank Christmas party in 2017. Pat and I were impressed how polite and humble Larry was. He was always friendly and cordial when we would see him St James, Burger King and Menards.
    My Aunt used to say”It’s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice” Larry was an example of this statement.
    We thank the entire Menard Family for all that they have done for our community.
    God bless the whole Menard Family!!


  29. Jim and Barbara Johnson March 17, 2019

    Please accept our sincerest sympathies in your time of grieving. Keep all of those good and happy memories close to your heart throughout the days ahead. Blessed be the legacy of Larry Menard.

  30. Karin Spiekermeier March 17, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I learned many life lessons while working at Menards. Larry was a passionate leader and I appreciate everything that I learned under his leadership at the GO in Eau Claire. I haven’t worked for Menards for about 15 years, but I shop there often because of the culture and how he truely cared about each and everyone of us. I have great memories...Your family is is my thoughts. He was taken way too young.

  31. Dorothy M Bauer March 17, 2019

    Our condolences goes out to your family on the passing of Larry .

  32. Bob & Mary Jo Buss March 17, 2019

    We will always remember Larry. From the 60’s when our little girl would sit on the counter while Larry would help us with ordering supplies to build our home, a story Larry would telll many times. To all the times traveling in old cars on the back roads, low roads and high roads. These memories will always keep you close in mind and heart. What a one of a kind man, we were so fortunate to know and spend priceless times with over the many years.
    Larry ~ map out the way for all those heavenly trips we will take when we see each other in our heavenly home. God speed dear friend.

  33. Freddy fletcher March 17, 2019

    It was a honor to have met you and thanks for the tips on customer service.

  34. Phil Prusak March 17, 2019

    So very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Will be very missed by all of the auto enthusiasts as well as everyone else. May your memories be of some comfort at this sad time. God speed Larry.

    Deepest sympathies,
    Phil & Pam Prusak

  35. Mike and Vickie Taleff March 17, 2019

    Dawn - So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
    Mike and Vickie Taleff

  36. Linda Schneider March 17, 2019

    Dear Dawn, I am thinking of you and send my sincere sympathies for you and the family. I used to work with you at WM and went to your wedding when Larry and you married. Hugs! Linda

  37. Nancy Korger Haley March 17, 2019

    The Joe Korger family from Chippewa Falls, WI sends our condolences. Included are Lucille Korger (Joe's widow), children Gary, Nancy, Thomas, Julie, Carol and William (Bill). I am a friend of Suzy and the same age. Our thoughts are with you. We are second cousins of Larry. Our grandpa's (Henry) were brothers.

  38. Joe and Sarah Brownell March 16, 2019

    Dear Menard Family,
    I am honored and blessed to have known Larry. Some of my fondest memories of him were "Good Morning with Larry" at seminars and the friendly hellos he offered when visiting the Operations Training department. Larry's passion and enthusiasm were contagious! Your family is in our prayers.

    Sincere condolences,
    Sarah Brownell

  39. Don Parnell March 16, 2019

    My deepest sympathy to the family of Larry Menard. I knew Larry for many years and will hold his memory with the highest regard. I remember fondly the times we worked together. He was an all around great guy. Don Parnell

  40. Kevin Dahl March 16, 2019

    To the Menard family. Larry a man who will be missed but never forgotten by all the people he has touched throughout his life both inside the Menard team and out. His ‘fire in the belly’ attitude helped fuel his passion in everything he was involved in whether it was his family, business or hobbies. Thank you Larry for all your guidance and opportunities you have provided myself and my family over the last 40 plus years. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Larry. Your legacy will be with me and others forever.

  41. Howard and Marlene Eytcheson March 16, 2019

    Dawn - We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  42. Catherine Hart March 16, 2019

    John, Charlie & the entire Memard family,

    I was sad to hear about the passing of Larry. I was in Operations at the General Office when he was the Manager. I always knew when he was coming down the hallway with his cheerful voice. He always had that smile that he was famous for on his face when he greeted me & had a great sense of humor.

    My thoughts & prayers go out to you

  43. Rex Schultrich March 16, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I knew him as a coach with the Teen Driving School, where he helped many young drivers learn the skills they need to survive on today’s roads. He was always warm, positive and cheerful with students, their parents, and his fellow teammates. I will miss his warm and friendly style.

  44. Jeremy and Christina Chavarria March 16, 2019

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Menards family during this difficult time

  45. Eileen Biegel March 16, 2019

    Dear Dawn and family, so sorry for your loss. Even if we know it's coming, we can never prepare for the loss. God take care of you and yours. Eileen Biegel

  46. Roman March 15, 2019

    Thank You, RIP????

  47. John Gerberich March 15, 2019

    Over the years, I don't think people really realize how much John and Larry Menard helped our community out
    financially with needs. For that, I thank them.

    Take care family. Take care.

    John Gerberich
    Altoona, Wisconsin

  48. Greg Hruby March 15, 2019

    To the entire Menard family.
    I was very sad to hear of Larry's passing. I can't count the many ways that Larry had an influence on my life. After college I was working for my dad at the grain elevator and he basically told me to go find a real job. I was connected to Menards through my college placement office and ended up interviewing with Larry at the Fridley Menards. At the time I really didn't know how good of a salesman he was but after a job offer on the interview I started my Menards career. Through many steps in my time with Menards I always received guidance, training and encouragement from Larry to help myself and our company grow. From 8 stores to over 300 I am blessed to have been a part of Menard history. If not for Larry's mentoring I would not of had this opportunity. I will forever have Larry in my thoughts.

  49. Jo Ann Smith March 15, 2019

    My sympathy for your loss. May your memories be a comfort for you. I do understand may you find comfort in your Faith I know Larry will always live in your heart.
    Prayers are with you.
    Hugs to you Jo Ann

  50. Ron and Deb Koltis March 15, 2019

    I first met Larry when I worked for Northland Buildings and would help prepare buildings for the trade shows especially Back To The 50's in Minnesota. His passion for cars was evident even then. Larry later came to our house in Thorp to buy a bunch of 5 quart oil cans, rescued from my grandparents farm, and to see how maple syrup was made. He will be greatly missed by many including myself and my husband. Sending prayers and condolences to his family.

  51. Lori Hornbogen March 15, 2019

    I’ve worked over 20 years at Menards and I always thought he was a nice guy. He will be missed. Condolences to all the Menard family. The whole company and it’s team members lost a real good guy.

  52. Deborah Logan March 15, 2019

    Sending my Deepest Sympathies to the entire Menard family. Larry told a story to my oldest granddaughter Kylie at the Minnesota State Fair about that his mother who was a schoolteacher and he had several sisters that baked a lot.He autographed a pitcure for her. I enjoyed his visits to Rochester North. Rest in Peace. Deb Logan

  53. Ed Archibald March 15, 2019

    My sincerest condolences to Larry's entire family.I had the privilege of working with Larry and the Menard team for over 30 years. I had great respect for his passion and love for his kids, of whom he was so proud, his family, his career, his company, and his hobby. There are many wonderful memories of all those years that I will forever cherish. He will truly be missed by many. May he rest in peace.

  54. Nancy Miller March 15, 2019

    Dawn and family, I am So sorry for your loss. May your faith and memories give you comfort and strength at this time. Larry was an inspiration for many his and seminars were always interesting, informative and a little fun. Prayers to all of you.

  55. CoMo Menards Team March 15, 2019

    On behalf of all the Team Members in Columbia Missouri that had the privilege of meeting Mr. Larry, please accept or condolences. Larry was a great man.

  56. Mark Leland March 15, 2019

    To Larry's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss of my boyhood friend. Larry and I attended St. James the Greater school from first grade through graduation from Regis High school. I have fond memories of riding my bicycle from my home on Vine St. to visit the Menard family farm and spending time there with them learning about farm life. Larry will be missed by all who knew him REST IN PEACE my old friend.

  57. GEORGE and DEE March 15, 2019

    I met Larry at a couple family reunions a few years ago and enjoyed visiting with him and Dawn. You are all in our prayers.

  58. Craig and Sandy Indrebo March 15, 2019

    Craig and I are sad to hear of Larry's passing. I worked with Larry at Menards and we saw him and his cars at the MSRA show several times. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  59. Clark Lee March 15, 2019

    The best friend anyone could ever hope for these past 38+ years !

  60. Eric Mikkelson March 15, 2019

    I learned a great deal from Larry over the years and he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with the Menard family at this difficult time. May God be with you all.

  61. Jeff and Roxi March 15, 2019

    Dawn, we're so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  62. Dennis Kraimer March 15, 2019

    Thank you for the great memories. I always appreciate the jokes and BS sessions.

  63. Kaye Holt March 15, 2019

    Dawn and Menard family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My your memories of your dear husband and family member comfort you and bring you peace.

  64. Ron Mehr March 14, 2019

    My sincerest condolences to Dawn, Charlie, Angie and family. Larry was a good and decent man. He was a great boss and a good friend. He was there if you needed help and there if you needed guidance…even if you didn’t necessarily want it. We put on a lot of miles together. He was a good man. Rest in peace Larry.

  65. Pat Hegseth March 14, 2019

    Menard Family,

    Sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I worked for him for ten-years - my formative years in the business world. I could not do what I do today if it were not for the things I learned from the Menard folks. Many stories too numerous to mention. Angie - I will always remember working together at Oakdale and you and the folks flying to Cedar Rapids for my wedding.
    Larry was my first corporate boss. One of his directives was picking up a "box of beer" for the ride back home after our G.O. Training meetings.

    I will miss the old boy!

  66. Jacki March 14, 2019

    Spread your wings and fly Larry. Sending you lot lots of love Dawn.

  67. Yolanda Albey March 14, 2019

    My deepest sympathy to the Menard family Larry will be missed his strong leadership and is caring for each individual person has made Menards great place to work

  68. David Larmour March 14, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss. I met Larry at numerous seminars I attended at the general office in Eau Claire. I was a member of Menards team for 10 years. Larry will be greatly missed. God bless.

  69. Danielle (Nellie) Unser March 14, 2019

    Larry you will be missed greatly. I had the pleasure of volunteering alongside you with the Teen Car Control Class. You were an amazing man and mentor. Rest In Peace ❤️

  70. Perry L Thompson March 14, 2019

    My family and I send thoughts and prayers out to the family in these tough times . Larry was always there with a handshake and smile. It was a true pleasure working at Menards when he was involved in the day to day operations. I will never forget the skits he put on to make us better on the sales floor.

  71. Mark Candell March 14, 2019

    Dawn, so sorry for your loss. Working with Larry while you and him built your home was a pleasure. Prayers to you and the family.

  72. Nicole Boss March 14, 2019

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! I have many fond memories of Larry serving water at dinner wearing an apron every year during seminars. Larry was such a people person, his smile and sense of humor will be missed.


  73. Scott Sniadach March 14, 2019

    My deepest sympathy to the family. In two terms I worked for Menards for 16 years, and Larry was always a welcome face and a smile at Seminars until Assistants were no longer allowed to attend. He will be missed. I have moved on from Menards, begrudgingly, but that is another story for another time. I will miss you "Uncle" Larry, you were a good man.

  74. Donna Anderson March 14, 2019

    Dawn, Angie & Charlie
    So sorry for your loss. Will always remember the fun times at card club with Larry.

  75. Jim & Sue Fox, and Family. March 14, 2019

    Dawn, and Larry's family. It is seldom in life that people are friends for 60 years. Larry was a friend to me, and my entire family for at least that long. He always had the time to say hi and spend a few minutes in conversation. He was one of the "Good" ones. From the first ride in one of his Model A's, longer ago than I care to remember, to chatting at the store, or the coffee shop, he will be missed.

  76. Jack & Dana Barnhardt March 14, 2019

    Sending our Condolences to the Larry Menard Family,
    Larry was such a nice guy...and am sure he will be Missed by all that knew him...

    The Barnhardts
    Jack & Dana

  77. Paul Speros March 14, 2019

    I met Larry a few times via the old car scene. I enjoyed talking with him and having a few laughs together. I offer my condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

  78. WILLIAM H PRINDLE March 14, 2019

    Larry was always a pleasure to have at and work with during the Car Control Clinics. He will be missed.

  79. Barbara Thompson March 14, 2019

    Dawn & family, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family for your loss. Larry had a contagious laugh and was always smiling. I'm sure Duke will be there to greet him in heaven. Surround yourself with family & friends and cherish all your great memories. May God bless you and comfort you. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  80. Jody Martin March 14, 2019

    I had the opportunity to get to work with Larry when I was with Menards as an AGM/GM. Yes, he was tough, but you always knew what he expected and at the same time, he cared about you as a person. The last goal setting with Larry said it all.....He said "You've been thru some adversity but just said screw it (other words) and kept going". That really let me know what he thought about me and meant and means a lot. My condolences for friends and family.

  81. Brian Jakowitsch March 14, 2019

    Larry was a huge part of me being with Menards as long as I have. He always showed confidence in me and encouraged me to go after what I wanted. I hope he is at peace and knows the positive impact he has had in so many lives. I will miss Larry at seminars, he was the best.

  82. Jeff Fleck March 14, 2019

    My families deepest sympathies to the entire Menard family. Larry was the major part in the success I have had in my 32 years with Menards. He taught me a lot over the years and was a great mentor. As my career moved forward I saw how accurate he was in his lessons. Many of his principles are imbedded in my routines. I lost my father at a young age and there were a few people who I feel helped finish what my dad could not and Larry was one of them. I will be forever grateful for to him for that.

  83. Mary Lou (Holmes) Steiner March 14, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear about Larry. He was one of our class's many characters. We went through St. James & Regis together and enjoyed seeing one another at our class reunions. Sincere sympathy to all his family.
    Mary Lou

  84. Kristi Hanson March 14, 2019

    Larry was always there to shake a hand, make sure you enjoying yourself, and getting enough to eat during management training. His skits and humor were a highlight of those meetings. He also was the one to 'talk me off the ledge' during a very difficult week in my career. I will always appreciate that talk, even though he may not have known what it meant to me.

  85. Eric Champion March 14, 2019

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Menard family. Larry was a great leader that demanded excellence from his team. This lead us to be better managers and more importantly better individuals. I wish I could have let Larry know what kind of positive influences he had in my life that I still have with me today. RIP...

  86. Ben & Tracy Pettis March 14, 2019

    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. We both have such fond memories of his passion for cars and trucks, and his big, warm smile. Menard Family - please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

  87. Dawn Anderson March 14, 2019

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  88. Steve White March 13, 2019

    Sorry for the loss to family and friends.

  89. Mike Samec March 13, 2019

    My sympathies to the Menard Family. Larry was a positive influence on so many of us. He will be deeply missed.

  90. Mitch Nielsen March 13, 2019

    My condolences to the Menard family .
    Larry, thank you for mentoring me and giving me the opportunity to learn and grow from your true passion to develop people and share your wisdom. You will always be an inspiration for me to strive for excellence in all facets of work and life. You will be missed but never forgotten.

  91. janice and Paul wittrock March 13, 2019

    Sorry about your loss. Larry was always fun to talk to.

  92. Kathy Thompson March 13, 2019

    My condolences to those who were close to Larry. I know I sure enjoyed being around him. He was quite the storyteller and comedian! A rare gem of a person, Larry understood that it was okay to enjoy yourself while doing your job. Menards was not the same without you and this world won't be the same without you. See you on the flip side!

  93. Jeffrey Tucholke March 13, 2019

    Thank you for all the opportunities you gave me over the years. Larry, you pushed me to make me better. Although, I didnt always realize it at the time, you only wanted the BEST for me and everyone. Tomorrow is my 35th Anniversary at Menards, and because of your leadership, 35 years hasn't seemed like 35 years. I enjoy going to work every day, I want to do my job like you pushed me to do every day, there is only one way, the right way! My thoughts and prayer go out to the whole Menards family. RIP Larry!

  94. Steve Gossen March 13, 2019

    Dawn, Angie, Charlie and the entire Menard Family.
    My deepest sympathy in the passing of Larry. I am having a hard time expressing the impact Larry had on my life. From the day he hired me at the age of 16 to the day I retired from Menards, Larry was a major part of my life. Next to my dad, I don’t think anyone has molded me into the person I am today more than Larry. If Larry wasn’t talking sales, he was talking about his family. I will miss Larry and feel very fortunate to have had him in my life. Rest In Peace Larry!

  95. Cathie Manthey March 13, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers to the Menard family. I enjoyed going to seminars every year Larry was a great motivator. I was always pumped up when I left those seminars to bring back everything Larry talked about. He was a great man and I was never bored listening to him or his stories. RIP Larry ????

  96. Jim Celius March 13, 2019

    I always told you rhat I’d love to have a dollar for everytime you chewed my butt. You did it to better me & to teach me ehat it was like to be accountable for my actions. I will never forget you & thank you for everything you brought me to. We will meet up again & I want to shake your hand, give you a hug & thank you for your devotion to make our world of retail so much better. I miss you.

  97. Pat Bartholomew March 13, 2019

    Sorry for your loss. RIP. good friend

  98. Rob Jones March 13, 2019

    Larry was a Great Individual, he impacted tons of people’s lives. I am PROUD to say I was one of them. He was always quick to ask how I was doing along with my family. I will never forget the first time I met him 24 years ago. I had the pleasure of him being at two of our store openings and always loved to see the Excitement he had at all of them. I will never forget the times that I had the pleasure of spending with him. My thoughts go out to the entire Menard Family.
    The Jones Family

  99. Peter Brown March 13, 2019

    Dawn, Charlie and Angie,
    I don't even know where to start. When I heard Larry passed away my heart broke. So much of who I am today is because of Larry. He was a great leader, motivator, and friend. I owe him so much and I wish I had just one more opportunity to talk with him. I will never forget him and what he did for me. He pushed you until you couldn't be pushed anymore and then he picked you up, dusted you off and turned you into a diamond. I would have done anything for that man. His guidance, leadership, common sense thinking and friendship will be instilled in me forever. I can't say I have ever met a greater man then him. The memories I have with him and Menards will always be a part of my life and I will think back to those memories often. Thank you Larry for everything.

    Dawn, Charlie and Angie you have all my sympathies and am so sorry for your lost. My heart hurts for you. May he now rest in peace.

  100. Chuck Velte March 13, 2019

    May You Rest In Peace my friend and classmate. I was very saddened to learn of your passing. Nancy and I want to thank you for the wonderful hospitality and warmth you showed to us after our last Class reunion in EC when you invited us out to your place to see the amazing auto collection you were so proud of. You and your brother John along with the rest of your family have so much to be proud of in the success of your business growth. Every time we went into our local Menards store here in Columbia, MO. we would tell the employees of how Larry was our High School classmate and how proud we were of him. Every employee to the person would respond that they really enjoyed him and appreciated how much he respected them. It just seems like yesterday we were standing side by side smiling for the camera in front of your cars. God Speed my friend. May your family heal from your loss and the positive memory of you live on forever. Your friends and Classmates. Chuck Velte and Nancy Moen.

  101. Johneen Schwab March 13, 2019

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Menard family. Larry was a wonderful and passionate man that will be missed. He was the true definition of Menards: “Dedicated to Service and quality.” I am thankful I got to work with him at seminars.

  102. Stephen Carroll March 13, 2019

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were a great roll model as operations manager and I know you helped shape my career with Menards. It was an honor to work with you.

  103. Michelle Davis March 13, 2019

    His great stories will be missed. My condolences to the entire Menards Family ❤️

  104. Lisa Phelps March 13, 2019

    I always enjoyed chatting with Larry. He was a kind man with a great sense of humor. Sending well wishes to his family.

  105. Chris Nelson March 13, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. It was great working for Menards for 22 years . I enjoyed it and felt like family. Prayers for your family.

  106. ronald wolf sr March 13, 2019

    very sorry for your loss

  107. Leonard and Vivian Maland March 13, 2019

    God, You hold time within your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end. Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven.
    We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus.


  108. Tammy Drake March 13, 2019

    Charlie and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I always had great respect for Larry. In my 15 years with Menard's, I was fortunate to travel with Larry & work seminars and see his passion for the company & team members. He was a great man who will be greatly missed. You have my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  109. Jeff Veigelt March 13, 2019

    Prayers to all of Larry's family. For a majority of my 25 years working for Menards, Larry was the operations manager. I always loved his talks at seminars. They always got you ready for the busy season to come. It was very noticeable when he retired. His passion for what he was doing was amazing. Rest in peace.

  110. Ross Berglove March 13, 2019

    I was just talking to my lady about you yesterday. I learned so much from you. You were tough on me but I needed a push. You were probably one of the biggest influences on my life. Thanks Larry for everything you taught me and the many bs sessions we had over a cup of coffee. RIP

  111. John Coushman March 13, 2019

    We all lost a great leader, man, and greater friend. I was blessed to spend many events with Larry opening stores and celebrating others successes. He pushed those around him to be their best everyday. May God hold you close and keep guiding us from above.

  112. Cameron McDaniel March 13, 2019

    My prayers go out to the entire family. Larry was a passionate leader and helped to shape Menards into what it is today. He was tough but fair and I always appreciated my interactions with him. God be with you all during this time of sorrow.

  113. SAMANTHA D CARTER March 13, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to him when he would stop by the stores I worked at. He will be missed.

  114. Greg Larson March 13, 2019

    Dawn, Charlie, and Angie

    Lori and I were so sad To hear about Larry. He always an inspiration for me both at work and on a personal level too. God bless you all in this tough time ahead of you. Greg and Lori Larson.

  115. Mark Dardis March 12, 2019

    Larry will truly be missed. Some people seen him as a very tough person, but he was just trying to get the best person you could be out of you. He always pushed to make things better. You always learned something when you talked to him. At the time you might not have thought that, but looking back, he was always teaching.
    I am truly grateful that I got to work for Menards when Larry was active with the company! He had the best stories!
    My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. He will be missed greatly.

  116. Gabe Ybarra March 12, 2019

    Larry will always be in our hearts. He was an inspiration for myself and others that have known and worked for over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Menards family. God bless you and he will never be forgotten here in Northern Indiana. Thanks for everything!

  117. Jessica and Jason Knutson March 12, 2019

    Our deepest sympathies to Angie, Chris and the whole Menard family. Our hearts ache for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort during this very difficult time. In the coming days, we will be here for you to cry with, laugh with and just plain “be with” when you need us. Many hugs! Love, Jason and Jess Knutson

  118. Jason Miloszewicz March 12, 2019

    So sorry to hear the news today. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Menard family. Larry was a kind and passionate man that will truly be missed. I have some great memories and feel blessed to have worked with him for as many years as I did. He made a real difference in my life.

  119. Ehren Padget March 12, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. I am sorry for the loss I know he will be missed.

  120. Steven Riesgraf March 12, 2019

    Dear Dawn, Charlie and Angie,
    I want wish you my sincere condolences! I have so many great memories from the 35 years I have worked for Larry. From the setup of Fridley store; the day when I set your puppy Pal on his desk and watched his heart melt. To the last time I saw him, when we had dinner together with Angie at a seminar, reminiscing about the fun times we had over the past years. I will truly miss Larry’s mentoring and friendship.
    Steve Riesgraf
    St Croix Falls

  121. MICHAEL ANDERSON March 12, 2019

    Larry was A great man full of life, everytime I saw him he was smiling and ready to help. He will be missed.

  122. Lee Hafele March 12, 2019

    Dawn, Angie, & Charlie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Larry always pushed me to succeed and be better and I will always appreciate that. I always admired his passion and spirit. He will be missed.

  123. Matt Smorynski March 12, 2019

    Larry Menard was the most passionate sales person and Operations Manager I have ever met. He made Menards the awesome company that it is! We will all miss him and his spirit will always be fondly remembered.

  124. Carrie Burk March 12, 2019

    Angie and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Angie you spoke so highly of your dad and it was clear seeing the interactions between the two of you that you were close. May God grant you peace during this time. Larry will be deeply missed.

  125. Martha Lockwood March 12, 2019

    My prayers go out to the Menards family, sorry for your loss.

  126. Ray Fahey March 12, 2019

    My condolences to the family. Larry was a great man and a fair boss. Have many wonderful memories. He will be missed.

  127. Patty Welsh March 12, 2019

    My thoughts are prayers are with the Menards family.

  128. Dwight Friesen March 12, 2019

    I always respected Larry for the fact that he set high expectations and wasn't shy about letting you know what they were and how you were fulfilling them. But he wasn't so set in his expectations that a well reasoned challenge (sometimes boisterous) was appreciated and and accepted. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  129. Scott McKenzie March 12, 2019

    Dear Dawn, Angie and Charlie,
    So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy. Larry was a great man & always rewarded people for their hard work. He will be truly be missed as one of Fridley's founding fathers.

    Scott McKenzie
    GM Fridley Menards

  130. Pat McDougall March 12, 2019

    Larry was a great man and a leader. I learned a lot from him while working with him. He will be greatly missed.

  131. Sean Carlson March 12, 2019

    What a great Man!! I am truly grateful for the opportunities Larry gave me with Menards!

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire Menard family.

    Sean Carlson
    GM Virginia Menards

  132. Kirt Marshall March 12, 2019

    God bless you and your family. You taught me so much. RIP sir. Condolences to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  133. Sterling Freed March 12, 2019

    Such sad news. Larry was one of those individuals who demanded respect and rewarded hard work and loyalty. I'll always remember the time I spent the day working with Larry when the Hammond Indiana store caught on fire. He seemed to be happiest when he was working in the yard with the rest of the guys. Thoughts go out to his family.

  134. Vern & Joan Berggren March 12, 2019

    Dear Angie and Larry
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. We have a lot of fond memories of you growing up in Woodbury. The rides on the fire truck to get ice cream. May God’s love guide you through this difficult time.
    Vern,Joan,Jeff,Mike and Doug Berggren