Lawrence Elton Cruikshank

Lawrence Elton Cruikshank, age 96 of Bloomington and formerly of Howard Lake, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Masonic Home, Bloomington.

Larry was born July 7, 1903, in Howard Lake. He grew up in Montevideo, Minn., and was a member of the Masonic Lodge there since 1924.

Larry served as a corporal with L Company, MN National Guard, from 1921 to 1923.

A graduate of Dunwoody Institute (Telephony), Larry was a lifelong employee of "Ma Bell."

He lived in California from 1943-1999.

Larry was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Twin Lakes Baptist Church of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and the Clairmont Church of God, San Diego, Calif.

Affectionately known as "Bamp" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Larry was loved by all who knew him. To the very end of this life, he was blessed with a strong mind and a keen wit.

He loved God and it showed in his deeds. Larry never failed to appreciate the kindness of others, and he was always cheerful and courteous. His fine character earned him many wonderful friends who also grieve.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Hattie Merriman Cruikshank; his brother, Don; his son, Donald; and his two wives, Ruth Anderson and Myrtle Moxness Plantz.

Survivors include the families of his grandchildren: Darlene (Ed) Joyce of Shoreview, Minn.; Don (Kathryn) Cruikshank of Bellingham, Wash.; and Larry (Chris) Cruikshank of Las Vegas, Nev.; two stepsons, Gary (Connie) Plantz and Glen (Myrlyne) Plantz; and two step-grandchildren, Brandon and Kristen Plantz, all of San Diego, Calif.

He is further survived by two sisters-in-law, Gertrude and Meg Moxness, and several nieces and nephews. Larry felt greatly blessed to have known his great-grandchildren, Karl Joyce, Katie Smith, Michele Rolff, Amy Wetjen, and Eric Ellenwood.

Larry's last message to his family was, "God loves you and so do I. Keep looking up."

Visitation was Tuesday, June 27, 4:30 p.m., at Washburn-McReavy Southeast Chapel, Edina; followed by a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service also took place Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m., at Howard Lake City Cemetary.

Arrangements were by Washburn-McReavy Southeast Chapel, Edina.

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