Larry Allen Oatman, 72 of Farwell, Minnesota

Published 10:23am Monday, December 10, 2012 Updated 12:29pm Monday, December 10, 2012

Larry A. Oatman, died Thursday, November 6, 2012, at the V.A. Healthcare of St. Cloud after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born August 16, 1940, in St. Cloud, the son Clinton Darwin and Lillian Laverne (Knobbs) Oatman. Larry graduated from Fairbault High School and went on to attend college at Wisconsin State University in River Falls, Wisconsin.

On April 13, 1973, he married Judy Ann Carlson in Long Lake, Minnesota.

Larry was a devoted Farrier. He was an instructor of Farrier Science in Anoka for 16 years and also worked with Dr. Vick Meyers at the U. of M and Dr. Ken Griener at Lake Region Veterinary Clinic in Elbow Lake.

The Minnesota School of Horse Shoeing in Anoka is now led by a former student of his. Larry was a Consument (devoted) Equestrian most of his life.

His memberships included The Church For The Harvest of Alexandria, the Minnesota Farriers Association and the Minnesota Paint Horse Association where he served on the Board of Directors and also as Show Chairman, also the American Paint Horse Association. His horses received regional and national awards. Larry was an avid reader.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother-in-law, Dewayne Oglesbee.

Survivors include his wife, Judy of Farwell; two children, Mitchell (Margo) Oatman of Amboy, Minnesota and Katie (Steve) Neilson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; two stepchildren, Holly (David) Lefebvre of St. Michael and Hal (Shaleigh) Pysick of Albertville; 5 grandchildren, Eli, Brit, Emma, Adam and Ellie; 5 step grandchildren, Nicole (Travis) Eldred, Kelly (Nat) Cote, Molly, Trevor and Levi; 3 step great grandsons, Jackson Eldred, Neil and Nickolas Cote; two sisters, Audrie Oglesbee of Mora and Carol Collver of Glenwood along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation: One hour prior to services at the church.

Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012 at The Church For The Harvest in Alexandria

Clergy: Pastor Michael Bartolomeo

Interment: Becker Minnesota Cemetery

Arrangements: Faith & Hope Funeral Home of Fergus Falls


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