In Memory of Lawrence 'Larry' Krier


1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI


3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI

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Lawrence M. “Larry” Krier, age 90, of Hudson, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at his home. He was born January 17, 1927, in River Falls; to parents, Peter and Margaret (Lebens) Krier. He grew up in River Falls/New Richmond and was united in marriage to Rachel Cody on July 1, 1946 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. The couple moved to California where they began a family. The growing family later moved to Hammond before settling in Hudson. Larry and Rachel were blessed with six children. He worked as an over the road truck driver for Texaco hauling gasoline. In 1972, Larry changed careers from truck driving to retired life, a career he thoroughly enjoyed.

Larry loved nothing more than being with his family, who all lovingly referred to him as “Grandpa.” He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Rachel, around the United States in their motorhome visiting and ministering to family and friends. Larry was fond of sharing stories with anyone willing to listen, all of whom quickly became his friends. His happy-go-lucky demeanor was always present in his joyous whistling.

Larry will forever remain in the hearts of his children, Sandra (Claude) O’Donnell, Joe (Sally) Krier, Mary (Scott) Pearson, Jerry (Kathy) Krier, James (Marcy) Krier, Theresa (Timothy) Thomason; sixteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Rachel; two grandchildren, Solomon Michael Thomason and Colleen Ann Rocha; his parents, and all his siblings.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Thursday, July 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM with a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Private Interment will be in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials to the family will be donated to Larry’s favorite charities.

Lawrence's Tribute Wall

Tributes (4):

  1. Krier family, We grew up together, your parents were such a part of my life. What I remember about your Dad- laughter, WCCO radio in the VW bug (that was some carpooling!) , the motorhome, and so much more. Sending warm thoughts and comfort to you all as you go through this heartbreak. Love, Kay

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Larry is a wonderful person and will be missed by many.


  3. Larry was one of the nicest men we’ve ever met. Gentle and loving and happy to get to know you. The last time we had with Larry was on the family ranch in Texas this past winter. We remember him strolling around the property soaking in the wonder of nature. He loved telling stories and was an absolute joy to be with.