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Friday, February 25, 2011
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 4th Street SW


Saturday, February 26, 2011
4:00 pm
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home


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Lawrence "Larry" Wickersham

Lawrence “Larry” Wickersham, 68, passed away surrounded by his family Monday, February 21, 2011, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Larry was born July 8, 1942, to Harold and Velma Wickersham in Lynch, NE. He was the oldest of seven children.

Larry joined the Army immediately out of high school. In 1961, he moved to Iowa where he worked on the construction of Interstate 80. Larry worked trimming trees and as a mechanic before starting I-80 Towing which he owned and operated with his wife for over 30 years until his retirement.

Larry had many hobbies. He raced semi trucks on a national circuit and enjoyed watching Nascar. He was an avid country music fan and attended many jams, concerts and dances. Larry never knew a stranger or met an animal he didn’t like.

Larry will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary; mother, Velma; children, Jim (Sonya) Wickersham, Charlene (Tracy) Root, Mimie Howell, Leland (Jenny) Mitchell, Teresa (Craig) Arterburn, Lawrence Junior (Michelle) Wickersham and Missie (Richard) Arndt; sister, Valene Mahlendorf; brothers, Darold, Jack and John; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold; daughter, Linda and brothers, Larry and Dennis.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2011, at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home, 105 4th St. SW. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the funeral home, with cremation to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League or John Stoddard Cancer Center in loving memory of Larry.