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Larry Edward Maddaus

Larry Edward Maddaus, age 68, of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at his home.

He was born Aug. 5, 1939, in Minneapolis to Howard and Lorraine (Solie) Maddaus.

At the age of 5, Larry’s parents placed him in a school for the feeble-minded. He was at the Faribault Treatment Center, then moved to Maddens in South Haven, and then came to Mykkanen Homes in June of 1986.

He moved in with his foster provider, Sherry, in May of 1998. This became a permanent placement in June of 1998. Larry also spent many weekends with the Deb Slinden family and was a large part of the lives of both families.

Larry was involved with Smiling Hearts Bible study, and attended Wright Connection Day Training and Habilitation Center for about 30 years. He was involved in the retirement program for the past five years.

Larry liked going out for hamburgers and french fries, especially “at the root beer joint,” shopping, and listening to music, especially polka and Johnny Cash. He never missed a Lawrence Welk, Andy Griffith, “Leave it to Beaver,” or “Bonanza” TV show. Larry considered Lawrence Welk and Joe Cartwright to be his heroes.

Larry’s favorite songs to sing were, “Jesus Loves Me,” “Joy Joy Joy,” and “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.” His stuffed animals were important to him, and all were named Suzie. He loved greeting people and being able to tell them, “Take good care and God bless you.”

Larry was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral service was Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with interment in Warren, Minn.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.