Larry Wacha, 77, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at his home near Battle Lake, Minnesota.
Larry William Wacha was born August 21, 1943, in Lidgerwood, North Dakota, to William and Anna Wacha. He graduated from Lidgerwood High School in 1961 and started his journey in the workforce as an assistant manager at a service station in Manhattan, Kansas. Upon returning to ND in 1962, he worked as a general laborer for Meide & Sons Construction in Wahpeton. From 1963 to 1972, Larry was a field superintendent/equipment operator for Mahrer Construction in Hankinson, ND.
On July 25, 1964, he married the love of his life, Rolene Crandall, in Lidgerwood, ND. The couple lived in Milnor, ND, before moving to Lidgerwood and then to Horace, ND, in 1972. While living in Horace, Larry worked as a parts manager for Swanston Equipment Company in Fargo until 1986. They moved to Wyndmere, ND, where Larry worked as a City Superintendent for the City of Wyndmere until 1992. Then in 1992, he began working for the North Dakota Department of Transportation as a Master Equipment Operator. During this time, Rolene and he made their home in West Fargo, ND. In 2011, Larry retired from the workforce. The couple began to enjoy retirement living on a lake near Battle Lake, MN .
Larry loved life with his bride. Together, they enjoyed spending time with family & friends. Early on, Larry was a lead guitarist & vocalist in his band, The Naturals. The couple loved to dance to polka and country western music. Early family life included hunting, fishing and playing games together which transformed into beautiful, evening pontoon rides and fun on the lake in their retirement years. Larry had a true love of and pride for his family. He also had a great knack for being able to repair anything that needed to be fixed. He was an invaluable source of knowledge, strength, and advice for his wife and children.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Rolene; his parents, William and Anna Wacha; an older brother, Robert (Bob) Wacha.
He is survived by his three children: Ronda (David) Nicolai, Milnor, ND; Darren (Katherine) Wacha, Minot, ND; Brent (Robin) Wacha, Fargo, ND; seven grandchildren: Alysha (Timothy) How, Kenzie Nicolai, Dalton (Shayna) Wacha, Nikayla Wacha, Blake Wacha, Ryleigh Wacha, Ashley Wacha; one great grandson: Leighton How; four sisters: Betty Latzke, Alice Mlejnek, Anita (Ken) Ronning, Rose (Al) Lesner and one brother: Ed (Caroline) Wacha.
Visitation: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo.
Funeral Mass: Monday, March 1 at 3 PM at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo with visitation one hour prior.
Burial: Horace Lutheran Cemetery, Horace, ND.
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