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“You will be greatly missed. You always had a great smile and good out look on life. thoughts with your family ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Catherine Bachman (foxylady) - MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Larry was a classmate of mine. It sounds like he was a very great man and many people loved him. He...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Lee Ann Martin Njoes - Elmore, MN

“Larry was a great friend that we are going to miss very much. Zig & Mallie ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Zig & Mallie Zickefoose - Cody, WY

“Jahnke Family, We wish to express our sympathy in the loss of Larry. Rusty knew him from trapping and hunting and I went to school with him. Our...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Rusty and Shirley Hannaman - MN

“So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Larry was a classmate of mine and a very nice person. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Sue(Christianson)Cohrs - MN

“Larry will be remembered by the Class of 1962. Our deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends. ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Marilyn Strandberg - Pharr, TX

“Our deepest sympathy to Larry's family. Wayne and Larry grew up together, Wayne has lots of good memories with Larry. They remained friends as Wayne...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Wayne & Alice LaMont

“I have memories of Larry from the Phillips 66 gas station and his dislike of air impacts because when he went to Canada he was very concerned that if...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Tim Ristau - Prior Lake, MN

“Larry and I were childhood friends and remained friends all these years. When we were kids we used to play cowboys and indians and knights of old. I...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Dan Wiltse - Blue Earth, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God give you strength at this difficult time. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Becky Rippentrop - BE, MN

“Hey there Uncle Larry. I'm going to miss our great talks we shared on the computer together. Please tell Travis hi for me. Im sure he is showing u...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Alicia Ober - Fairmont, MN

“Larry was a classmate and a friend of my youth. We spent many fun filled days of adventure together as kids, on the fields between our homes, in the...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Bernie Roscoe - Aitkin, MN

“Larry was the kind of man many want to be but few are. A man who lived life on his own terms yet never imposed on another. A fair minded man of...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Chris Negley - Rochester, MN

“Going to miss LJ coming to visit us at "The Shop". I have never met such a talented and caring person. Always a good friend and never afraid to give ...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Kelly Espeland & Family - Elmore, MN

“Larry was the greatest he was always so pleasant always so caring and loving you couldn't ask for a better person. Larry's definetely one of the...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Ramie Rademaker - MN - cousin

“We will always cherish our memories of our dear cousin larry / He is in our dear lords arms resting comfortably and visiting with Travis and other...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Don & Roxann Hughes - Blue Earth, MN

“Chris, we know this is the hardest thing that everyone goes threw at some point in there lives. We have been thinking about you and your sister Lori...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Todd & Bridgette Heenan & Family - MN

“Prayers and thoughts to the family. Larry was a wonderful man and will surely be missed. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Jerry and Lori Homsey - Rake, IA

“r i p larry my my thought are with you and your family. you will be missed by so many of us. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: teresa baumann - blue earth, MN

“I miss you so much Larry, I have learnt alot from you and will cherish all the long talks we have had, and all the things u made for me. Rest in...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Penny McLeod - wadena, MN

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Larry for 35 years. I met him when I was stationed in Blue Earth as the Conservation Officer. His friendship to me...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Brad Schultz - Lindstrom, MN


Lawrence "Turtleman" Jahnke, age 67, of Guckeen, died Thursday, February 2, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012, at 2:00 PM, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, 12080 380th Avenue (across from KJLY radio station) with Rev. Arthur Keith, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth, Minnesota. Visitation time will be from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth, and 1 hour before at the church. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Larry grew up and went to school in Blue Earth, later receiving his GED while serving in the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his service, Larry worked at the Elmore Nursery. Larry then moved and worked in St. Paul. He moved back to Blue Earth and worked for Gerring and did construction, working on the Blue Earth Hospital. Larry worked for Tow in Fairmont doing carpentry work as well as his trapping which led to him to begin buying and selling furs. This then led Turtleman into 'buckskinning' where he crafted Native American artifacts and went to Rendevous' - selling, trading, and connecting with other fellow buckskinners for many years. Larry has been trapping since his teen years, but bear hunting became his passion with his first hunt in 1974. Northern MN and Canada were good to Larry as he shot a total of 72 black bears! During this last year of hunting on Earth, Larry shot the biggest bear in Bear Camp and tagged a MN moose! Turtleman was the #2 Lifetime Member of the MN Trappers' Association, and a member of the NRA, Bear Camp, and Facebook - which kept him connected to his friends and family. He is survived by his daughter Lori (Charlie) Rose of Colorado Springs, CO, son Chris (Kenya) Jahnke of Cologne, MN, daughter Kim Jahnke of Lakota, IA, brothers Lorman "Bub" (Bev) Jahnke of Elmore and Bennie Jahnke of Windom, sister Helen (Lloyd) Hinton of Blue Earth, grandchildren Desi, Cooper, Kylie, and Branden, and special family Marsha, Jessica (Brent), Tre`, Skyla, Nate, Madison, Cobe, Amy, Jada, Rusty, and Dakota. Larry is preceded in death by son Travis, his parents, brothers Ralph and George, and sister Anna Ferguson.

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