Lawrence ‘Larry’ Paul Valencic

MARION, Iowa – Lawrence “Larry” Paul Valencic, 83, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Hiawatha Care Center, Hiawatha, Iowa. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Marion, with a vigil service beginning at 5 p.m. The family will also greet friends one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Private graveside service will be at the Fernwood Cemetery, Gladstone.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Valencic; children, Catherine (Bill) Frajman of Donahue, Iowa, Carol (Mark Schmitke) Valencic of Libertyville, Ill., Karen (Kevin) Gamble of Marion, and Paul (Corrie) Valencic of Appleton; six grandchildren, Hannah and Emily Gamble, Gavin, Ava, and Severin Valencic, and John (Kelsi) Frajman; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Claire Frajman; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Helen Valencic; brothers, Matt, Rudy, and Andy; and sisters, Mary, Emily, and Flossie.

Lawrence was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Kipling, the son of Andrew and Helen (Rudin) Valencic. He graduated from Gladstone High School, and Milwaukee School of Engineering. He married Gladys Nelson on Oct. 6, 1951, in Escanaba. Lawrence was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. He worked as an electronic lab technician for Rockwell Collins. Lawrence was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. He enjoyed woodworking, but being with his family was the most important thing to Lawrence.

Memorials may be directed to his family in Lawrence’s memory.

The family would like to express a sincere thanks to the Hiawatha Care Center and Keystone Cedars for their care and support for Larry.

Please sign the online guestbook for Lawrence at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.