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Larry Sakellson

December 22, 2015

Memorial Service - Wednesday

December 30, 2015
- 11:30am

Boulger Funeral Home

Gathering of Friends and Family - Wednesday

December 30, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Larry Sakellson

December 22, 2015


Larry Sakellson, age 65, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2015 in the comfort of his own home with his wife, Diane, by his side. The wonderful care and support he received from Hospice of the Red River Valley enabled him to remain home during his final days.

Larry J. Sakellson was born on January 10, 1950 in Moorhead, MN, the son of Mary Jane and James Sakellson. He was a lifelong resident of Fargo. After completing his schooling, he began a 40 year career as a railroad conductor, retiring in 2010 from BNSF. In 1978 he married Diane Williams and together the made their home in Fargo. The couple were not blessed with children but were blessed with a strong love and commitment to each other, plus the joy of travel and adventure, love of time with family and friends, and the fun he had being “Uncle Larry”.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman and had a great passion for nature. He loved hunting, fishing, hiking, scuba diving, photography, gardening, and anything to do with the outdoors. He was a good man, a strong man, a loyal friend, and a loving husband.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother. He is survived by his wife, Diane; father, James; Brothers, Jeff (Ann), Allen (Betty), Dana; Brother-in-law, Dave (Nancy) Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service in celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Per his wishes, at a later date, his ashes will be scattered in the National Grasslands at one of his favorite hunting locations.


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30 responses to “Larry Sakellson”

  1. David and Christa Sauvgeau says:

    We are sorry to hear that Larry has passed…Janice has been keeping us up on Larry’s condition…again at a time like this the only thing we can say is that he is now with out pain and is with his GOD…..

  2. Marilynn Hannesson says:

    What a sad time for those left behind, but Larry will be with the Lord for Jesus’ birthday. What a party it will be for all those in the house of The Lord. Much love and many hugs.

  3. Jon C Duphorn says:

    I knew Larry as a co- worker on the BNSF. He was a very good conductor and I served as his Locomotive Engineer on quite a few trips over the years. He showed me many of his photo’s of his various adventures over the many long train trips we worked together. Sorry to hear of his passing, he was a good man and friend. J.C. Duphorn

  4. Arlene Sauvageau Burnham says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Larry. I know he will be missed very much. He was a wonderful guy. Arlene

  5. Randy and Kathy Heim says:

    Larry was a wonderful friend. A member of our family who we will dearly miss. We only have the most wonderful moments and memories to reflect on in the years to come. Love you Larry. God’s speed. Randy and Kathy

  6. Sheila Heim says:

    From the day I met Larry, he has brought smiles. He was a very passionate man and very in love with his wife. One of my favorite memories is when he taught me how to filet a waleye. I was emotional, feeling for the fish and he was down to business. Before I knew it, it was over and he was smiling and laughing at me. His smile was contagious and will forever live in my memory of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with him in his new journey waiting for the love of his life, Diane.

  7. Robert Halverson says:

    A true friend for ever…miss ya brother..

  8. Chere & Bill Roller says:

    Larry was such a good man, a wonderful husband for my childhood friend, Diane. We draw close to Diane in mourning, but rejoice in the promise of our Savior and send our prayers along the way with Larry’s soul.

  9. Tony Allex says:

    I worked with Larry throughout my railroad career. Larry was well liked and respected by his coworkers. I am sorry to hear about his passing and your loss

    Tony Allex
    Minot ND

  10. Kathy and Terry Weigel says:

    We did not have the pleasure of knowing Larry! We know that he was loved very much by Diane and they enjoyed many wonderful times from riding in their convertible to diving. We know that Jesus welcomed him with open arms and enjoying Larry’s hunting stories!
    Kathy Weigel

  11. Charlie & Pat Chinquist says:

    So Sorry! What great memories from our trips over the years. Save a place on the dive boat for us, Larry!

  12. Cameron Heim says:

    My favorite memories of Larry was spending the holidays with him. He was always a joy to be around. He always had a story to tell. He always wanted the best for him and his wife. I will miss you Larry. Thank you for the memories.

  13. Lynn Campbell says:

    I met Larry and Diane on a dive trip years ago, and have enjoyed their company and friendship ever since, Larry was a good man and will be missed. May he rest in peace

  14. Perry and Susan Bloom Benore says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, I grew up on 2nd Avenue South so knew larry and the family. It was a fun block to live in when we all were kids…
    Prayers to you, and all of Larry’s family….
    Susie and Dixie Bloom (maiden)

    Susan Benore and Dixie Pratt

  15. James/Laurel Sauvageau says:

    We are Very sorry to hear that Larry has passed. We shall pray for him and his family! We are sure that he is in Gods loving arms and is visiting with all his relatives that have Passed.

  16. Jerry Klinger says:

    I meet Larry in the late 70’s and we had a lot of good times together with other freinds, he will be missed, my thoughts are with you Diane, peace and love

  17. Guy Galliger says:

    I loved working with Larry will always have pictures he took of me at work and think of him daily

  18. Ken & Alice Christianson says:

    Larry was a good man who will be missed by all that knew him. We will miss him greatly. Whatever Larry did, he did it well. This includes loving Diane. Ken and Alice

  19. Peggy Buzick says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. May he rest in peace. I’m sure is mother Mary was there waiting, welcoming him with open arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Rick & Sheila Van Raden says:

    First, we love this picture of his ever present gentle smile but especially with the ocean behind him. We can see that picture of Larry in our mind.

    We always enjoyed every visit we had with Larry. He was not a man that liked attention but yet he drew people to him. He was knowledgeable it seemed in everything… photography, species of fish or plant or birds but yet he wasn’t one to impose his knowledge on you but he would simply share it with you that had a way of captivating you.

    He was thoughtful, funny, compassionate, hard-working, always helpful… the list goes on and on. He was one-of-a-kind and will be missed by his friends at Northwest Divers greatly.

    Larry, you’re free now… Go take care of the gardens in heaven. We sure hope they have scuba diving up there!

  21. Donna Schechinger says:

    Diane ~ I was so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. May you find peace and comfort in the many wonderful memories you shared together. My deepest sympathy.

  22. Ann Burnett says:

    Diane, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love, Ann

  23. Bobbie McConnell says:

    Diane, I am so sorry about Larry. He was truly one of a kind. I know you had many wonderful years with him and he will be watching over you. With all those that have passed before him, know that he is not alone. Again, so sorry for your loss. Bobbie McConnell

  24. Mike Delfs says:

    Diane, so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. Kathy Crary Johnson says:

    Diane , you and Larry had a wonderful partnership one that can be envied . May the memories you two created help sustain you as time goes on. Much love. Kathy

  26. Wally Czerwinski - Engineer BNSF DIlworth, Mn. says:

    Worked with Larry from 1989 until his retirement, he was always a gentleman and pleasure to be around.

  27. Larry and Janet Carlson says:

    Larry was a very good friend. We have been on many SCUBA diving trips for over 2 decades with Larry. He loved photography and we would talk about how he got the great pictures both above and under the water. We will truly miss Larry.

  28. Gary Pipek says:

    Larry was great to work with,I was always glad when i got to work with him,he was a good conductor. We always had many things in common to talk about. Last memory of Larry was when i met him in wyoming 2 or 3 falls ago when my son and nephew and I were driving home from a hunting trip and ran into you guys at a restaurant/ bar somewhere in the bighorns.

  29. Eric, Julie, Drew, Emily & Katlyn says:

    Dear Aunt Diane – We can only imagine how difficult this is for you. We hope the special memories you shared with Uncle Larry will bring you peace. We all smile whenever we think of the fun times we had with Uncle Larry and his one-of-a-kind one-liners that would crack up the entire room. Uncle Larry was full of fun joy, and picturing his smile brings peace to our hearts. Know that he now has his wings and will always be with you.
    Much love and our deepest sympathies,
    Eric, Julie, Drew, Emily & Katlyn

  30. Susan Berg (Jacobson) says:

    Diane, I am so sorry for your loss.

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