Lawrence "Doc" Adams, 58, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born Sept. 10, 1945, in St. Paul to Ernest and Irene (Richardson) Adams. He graduated from Alexander-Ramsey High School in 1963 and completed master carpentry training. Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served eighteen months in Vietnam as a radio operator. He then attended Bemidji State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in education.
Larry had a variety of careers: shop teacher at Galloway Boy's School in Onamia, cabinetmaker, home construction, launch driver on Mille Lacs Lake, pro-guide fisherman for thirty years. He earned the title "Doc" for being the "doctor of fishology." Doc is well known for his fishing savvy and fish stories. Larry was also an avid hunter of whitetail deer.
Larry married Ruth (Schwatka) Handeland May 3, 1987, in their Garrison home that he designed and built.
Survived by his wife, Ruth, of Garrison; his daughters Stephanie (Adam) Conklin, Larissa (Brandon) Swim, Melissa (Baretta) Barker-Peterson, all of Brainerd; his sons Christopher Adams of St. Cloud and Scott of the Twin Cities: his brother Gregory (Nancy) of Scandia, Minn.; six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10, at the Church of the Nazarene, Johnson Rd. N., Brainerd with Pastors Sam Lee Storkson and Barbara Christenson officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home, 703 Oak St., in Brainerd and one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetary, Pillager, Minn. A 1 p.m. reception will be held at the church after interment.
Arrangements are with Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home, Brainerd.
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