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Larry Ihlen

April 8, 1951 — June 20, 2011

Larry DaVane Ihlen was born April 8th, 1951 in Webster, South Dakota to Harry and Mable Ihlen. He died June 27, 2010 at his home in Anchorage Alaska of natural causes at the age of 59. Larry graduated from high school in Webster, South Dakota and earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He would go on to fulfill a thirty year career working for the Federal Aviation Administration and Union President of NATCA. A lover of nature, Larry was an avid outdoorsman, engaging in hunting, outdoor survival tactics and of course, fishing. Larry loved fishing and boating so much that he began his own charter operation, Fish Wish Charters out of Seward and Whittier Alaska. Larry and his family shared many memories fishing and laughing aboard their beautiful boat the Wish Maker; memories that they will always cherish. He was a wonderful Captain whose first priority was always the safety of his crew and guests. Despite his rough around the edges and hearty appearance, Lar Bear (as he was known to his friends) had a gentle disposition paired with a heart that knew no bounds. An empathetic man and critical thinker, his uncanny wisdom and dry sense of humor was never short of brilliance and when he spoke, people listened. As a prolific writer and poet, Larrys words and wisdom left an impact on everyone associated with him. Survived by his wife, Sandi, son Vaughn, daughters Heather and Danielle, sisters Shirley Mae and Marlys and brother Harvey. He has 4 grandchildren, Brooklynn, Amber Mae, Destiny, Haley and Austin. His inlaws include Ruth Jean Shearer and Buddy Shearer. Graveside committal of his ashes will be held in June.
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