Larry R. Jahnke, 67
Blue Earth – Larry R. Jahnke was born Dec. 12, 1944, in Blue Earth, the son of Benjamin and Agnes (Mattson) Jahnke.
Funeral Services were held Feb. 6, 2012, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Arthur Keith officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.
Larry grew up and went to school in Blue Earth, later receiving his GED while serving in the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his service, Larry worked at the Elmore Nursery. Larry then moved and worked in St. Paul. He moved back to Blue Earth and worked for Gerring and did construction, working on the Blue Earth Hospital. Larry worked for Tow in Fairmont doing carpentry work as well as his trapping which led to him to begin buying and selling furs. This then led Turtleman into ‘buckskinning’ where he crafted Native American artifacts and went to Rendevous’ – selling, trading and connecting with other fellow bucksinners for many years.
Larry has been trapping since his teen years, but bear hunting became his passion with his first hunt in 1974. Northern Minnesota and Canada were good to Larry as he shot a total of 72 black bears. During this last year of hunting on Earth, Larry shot the biggest bear in Bear Camp and tagged a Minnesota moose.
Turtleman was the #2 Lifetime Member of the Minnesota Trappers’ Association, and a member of the NRA, Bear Camp and Facebook – which kept him connected to his friends and family.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori (Charlie) Rose, of Colorado Springs, Colo., son, Chris (Kenya) Jahnke, of Cologne, and daughter, Kim Jahnke, of Lakota, Iowa; brothers, Lorman “Bub” (Bev) Jahnke, of Elmore, and Bennie Jahnke, of Windom; sister, Helen (Lloyd) Hinton, of Blue Earth; grandchildren, Desi,?Cooper, Kylie and Branden; and special family, Marsha, Jessie (Brent), Tré, Skyla, Nate, Madison, Cobe, Amy, Jada, Rusty and Dakota.
Larry is preceded in death by son, Travis; his parents; brothers, Ralph and George; and sister, Anna Ferguson.
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