Lawrence "Larry" Wommering, 76
Lawrence E. "Larry" Wollmering, Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, 76, of Hastings died Tuesday, August 26, at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina.
Lawrence was born March 5, 1938 at the Latto Hospital in Hastings to Charles and Helen (Kirchen) Wollmering. He attended St. Boniface Grade School and was a 1956 graduate of Hastings High School, where he was Senior Class President and President of the Senior Student Council. Larry participated in football, basketball, baseball, the debate club, Thespians, speech club and was the sports writer for the Raiders Digest. He was the Hastings representative to the Minnesota Boys State in 1955 and attended St. Johns University, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in 1960 and a Masters Degree in Criminology from Sam Houston State University in 1971. Larry was also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1973.
After graduating from St. Johns as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he entered the US Army as a regular Army officer in the grade of 2nd Lieutenant. During a 25 year military career, part as an enlisted man in the Minn. National Guard, he held both command and staff positions; platoon leader in the 50th Infantry and 404th Military Police Co. He commanded the 165th Military Police Detachment in Ft. Hancock, N.J., the 615th Military Police Co. in Vietnam; the Area Confinement Facility and the 720th Military Police Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas. His staff positions included Deputy Provost Marshall, 4th Armored Div., Provost Marshal, Ft. Hancock, Chief Customs Officer and Acting US Customs Agent (Europe), Chief of Investigative Services HQS (US Army Vietnam), Director of Police Operations at Fort Hood, and Chairman of the Military Science Department, Un. of North Dakota. Larry was selected for promotion to full Colonel in 1980, but opted to retire rather than move his family to Washington, DC in 1981. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, three Army Commendation Medals, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 6 campaign stars, three Presidential Unit Citations, Parachute Wings, the Expert Infantrymans Badge, the German Shutensnore Award and the Vietnam Service Medal. Larry loved his family, his friends, his Country, Golf and a good Brandy Manhattan with bitters!
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lawrence is survived by his son Scott (Jennifer) Wollmering; five grandchildren Jordan, Savannah, Aidan, Trevor and MaggieJane; brother Charles and sisters Karleen Franklin and Cathy Muntifering.
The funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 29 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. Fifteenth St, Hastings with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment with military honors will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the N. C. Little Hospice, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435.
Arrangements were made with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419. www.caturia-smidtfh.com