Larry Ellsworth Bebler, 82 years old of Eden Prairie, passed away on Tuesday, June 14.
He is preceded in death by his father Elmer, mother Bernice, his wife of 52 years Karen, and his beloved son Brian. He leaves behind his older sister Barbara Dahl of Seattle, his oldest son Kevin, and six grandchildren — Madeline (Alex), Georgia, Ava, John, Mary, and Tommy.
A quintessential “farm kid,” Larry was born in 1939 in Grant County, Minn. He attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse and was close with his sister and cousins. His family later moved to Marshall, Minn., where he was known as a dependable young man. He was a multi-sport athlete and met the love of his life, Karen Hixon, in junior high school. He attended St. Cloud State University and received a bachelor’s degree in business.
Larry worked for the Standard Register Printing Company for 10 years before starting his own printing brokerage. In 1973, Larry founded Minnesota Business Forms, which his son Kevin and granddaughter Georgia still operate today as Minnesota Print Management. The only quality more valued than his work ethic was his level of care for his colleagues and clients.
Larry was a sportsman throughout his life, enjoying golf, fishing, and skiing. He taught all of his grandchildren how to play cards and enjoyed traveling with his wife and their many treasured friends. Against his better judgment, he was a lifelong fan of both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Vikings.
During this time of grief, no words can express the gratitude this family has for Larry’s friends and colleagues. Let us all remember the best that Larry had to offer — a laugh, a helping hand, and confidence in his friends, family, and peers.
A memorial service for Larry will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road. Visitation takes place one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial donations to Sharing and Caring Hands.
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