Larry Dean Tlamka, 59, of Albert Lea passed away on Saturday, February 9, at his home after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. A private family service will be held at First Lutheran Church, but at Larry’s request no further arrangements will follow. He asked instead to be remembered as he once was, happy and healthy!
He was born January 02, 1960, the son of John A. and Bette (VanGuilder) Tlamka. He was an Albert Lea High School graduate.
He married and later divorced Julie Belshan, and to this marriage (2) sons were born. He later married Julie Johnson and had a daughter.
Larry worked at Bridon Cordage, Bob & Joe’s, Wilson Foods, Farmstead, Quality Pork and most recently Hormel Foods. His spare time was spent with his kids and/or family. He enjoyed family get-togethers, grilling, gardening, camping, and fishing, attending his kids sporting events and other activities through the years. He talked about someday retiring and doing the same with his nieces/nephews’ kids and our grandchildren.
Larry is survived by his wife, Julie (Johnson) Tlamka; son Cole (Sara) Tlamka of Steamboat Springs, CO, son Brandon Tlamka of Albert Lea, daughter Bree Tlamka of Albert Lea, MN; granddaughters Ferris and Waylon Tlamka of Steamboat Springs, CO; ex-wife Julie (Brent) Jensen; brother Paul (Julie) Tlamka of Albert Lea, sister Diane (Greg) Goskeson of Kensett, IA, brother in law Jeff Johnson of Waynesville, MO, mother in law Karen Johnson of Albert Lea; nephews Bryan Tlamka, Gavyn Tlamka, Shane (Shannon) Goskeson, Nathan Goskeson, Nathan (Jo) Johnson; nieces Jessica (Darrin) Smith, Tracy Tlamka, Brittney (Glenn) Dixon, Hatty Adams; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.
He is proceeded in death by his parents John A. and Bette Tlamka, his father in law Arner J. Johnson, along with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A special thank you goes out to the Medical Centers Cancer Unit and Hospice Care Group, We appreciated your compassion, concern and caring services during this difficult time. You are truly angels on earth…..
Memorials can be sent to the family home…please no flowers or plants as they danger our precious pets.