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Lawrence "Larry" Skalet

February 9, 1946 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Lawrence "Larry" Skalet Obituary

   Lawrence Allen “Larry” Skalet, 78, of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away at Sanford Hospice House, Fargo, on Sunday, March 3, 2024.

   Larry was born February 9, 1946 at Bethesda Hospital, Crookston, MN, to Nels and Grace (Howland) Skalet.

   He was raised on a farm at Nielsville, MN, where he went to grade school, graduated at Halstad, MN High School, and attended Thief River Falls, MN Tech School for mechanics.

   While attending Tech School, he played lead guitar in a local band. He played by ear, but his musical career was cut short when he lost the tip of an index finger in a work-related accident.

   Larry had many jobs over the years. He worked at the Fargo Foundry while in high school, then he worked at Al’s Electric and Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls.

   Larry started work in the F-M area by using his welding skills as a certified welder, to help build the Fargo Tank Building, then continued welding on tanks there and for O’Day Equipment. He went on to work at L&L Electric on electric motors, Northern Improvement driving pump trucks, and A-Transmission City, where he learned to rebuild transmissions.

   From Ernie Brookins he got his start in racing. He used his welding and mechanic skills to help build a race car. Larry went on to start his own transmission repair business. He was a long time member of ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association), attending many of their yearly seminars. He continued his love for racing by working with many local race car drivers. One of his favorite spring car drivers was Donnie Mack and he got to know the owner of Donnie’s car, Doug Howells, whom he idolized.

   As he continued with the transmission business, he worked with many local drivers and also sponsored many race cars. He would add prize money given to young drivers at Buffalo River Speedway, Glyndon, MN.

   Four of Larry’s favorite foods are Lutefisk, Lefse, Potato Dumplings, and Blood Sausage. He learned to make 3 of the four at the Sons of Norway. He cooked lutefisk at the Sons of Norway and at many churches. He took a class there for making lefse and also potato dumplings (aka Klubb), which he also cooked for special dinners.

   Larry married Linda Mallow November 4, 1977. They have lived in Fargo where they raised their son Douglas.

   Larry is survived by his wife, Linda, sons Mathew and Douglas (Ashley), grandson Taylor, step-grandson Austin, sister Janice Thompson, sister-in-law Sady Skalet, and many nieces and nephews.

   Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Marlys and Myrdell, sister Leatrice Sondrol, brothers-in-law Kenny Sondrol and Wallace Thompson.

   The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff of Sanford ER, ICU, and Critical Care for making Larry feel cared for and comfortable and the wonderful staff at Sanford Hospice House for being attentive and caring for not just Larry, but family and visitors.

   In lieu of flowers and gifts, please consider a gift to your favorite charity or research foundation in Larry’s name.

Visitation: Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Memorial Service: Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo.

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March 9, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
613 16th Street South
Fargo, ND 58104

Memorial Service
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
613 16th Street South
Fargo, ND 58104


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