Larry C. Oftelie, Maple Lake

Larry C. Oftelie, age 65, of Maple Lake, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on May 4, 2013, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo. Services will be 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Larry was born in Crookston on Feb. 17, 1948, to Knute and Helen Oftelie. He was baptized on April 26, 1948, and confirmed on Oct. 6, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. He graduated from Crookston High School on June 1, 1966. Larry served his country in the US Army from March of 1968 to March of 1970, serving one year in Vietnam. He served in the US Army Reserves until May of 1972. He married Judy Tufte on Nov. 26, 1971. Larry served with the Happy Hooligans of the US Air National Guard of North Dakota from 1972 until his retirement in 1991. He also worked as a network technician for Qwest Communications, retiring in 2003. He loved to travel, fish and read. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and gardening vegetables. He enjoyed the outdoors and had an adventurous spirit. He is preceded in death by his parents: Knute and Helen Oftelie; and brothers: Burton, Jimmy and Jerry. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Judy of Maple Lake; daughters, Jennifer (Spencer) Erdahl, of Buffalo; Jill (fiancée, Andrew Peterson) Oftelie, of Maple Lake; beloved grandson, Cole Erdahl; brother, Clifford (Verleth) Oftelie, of Crookston; sister-in-law, Doris Oftelie, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; cousins: Clifford Oftelie Jr., of Detroit Lakes, Carol Christle of Moorhead and Sandi Oftelie, of Moorhead. The Peterson Chapel Buffalo is in charge of arrangements (763-682-1363).