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Lawrence Harlo "Larry" Irgens
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Birth: Oct. 14, 1929
Death: Jan. 25, 2000


Lawrence Harlo Irgens, 70

Lawrence Harlo Irgens was born on October 14, 1929 in Alexandria to Lawrence Henry Irgens and Tomena (Lee) Irgens. He grew up in Fergus Falls and Madison, Minnesota. In 1947 he graduated from Madison Senior High School where he was class valedictorian, quarterback for his football team and captain of his basketball team. He attended Luther College and later the University of Minnesota. In 1950 he received Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1957, and was elected as a Graduate Fellow of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. In 1971 Dr. Irgens completed a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota where he focused on the study of dental services in small communities.

During his 43 years of practice, Larry served the dental community in many capacities. He was a Governor Appointee to the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry for four years and served on the Regional Board of Dental Examiners for 12 years. He worked as the Director of Dental Services for the Minnesota Department of Public Health and as the President of both the West Central District of Dentistry and the University of Minnesota Dental Alumni Association. In 1986 he was elected to the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentistry. In 1987 and 1989 respectively, he was elected Fellow of the International College of Dentists and Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He practiced dentistry in Roros, Norway in 1971, serving as a District Dental Officer at the invitation of The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Social Affairs. He promoted the introduction and use of fluoride in the drinking water in Norway as well as Minnesota and conducted a clinic in the Alexandria area for the early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer.

On June 17, 1960, he married Patricia Marie Litsheim in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Together they lived in Moorhead, Glenwood, Roros (Norway), Minneapolis and Alexandria. Between 1961 and 1969 they had four children: Caroline, Stephen, David and Teddy. In 1972 they moved to Alexandria and Larry opened a new practice. In 1974, following a brief illness, Patricia died of breast cancer.

On February 18, 1977, Larry married Ruth (Pedersen) Anfinsen and became step-father to Peter, Mary and Jana Anfinsen. They raised their seven children in Alexandria and watched with pride and joy as each found his or her place in the world.

Larry was long active in community organizations, serving as a member of Kiwanis, Rotary International and Toastmasters. Always active in his church he taught the Bethal Bible Series at Glenwood Lutheran Church, served on several stewardship committees and served two terms on the First Lutheran Church Council. He loved sports, history, literature and the performing arts. His particular love was the symphony and he played violin in the community orchestra and at First Lutheran Church.

On January 25, 2000, Larry suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Ruth; sister Lee Ann (Irgens) Torlakson; children and step-children: Peter and Holly Anfinsen, Caroline (Irgens) and Chris Roback, Mary (Anfinsen) and Ken LeBlanc, Stephen and Sue Irgens, David Irgens, Jana (Anfinsen) and Michael Hanson and Ted Irgens; and 13 grandchildren: Andrew, Alecia, Brandon, Sara, Jonathan, Rachel, Anna, Amy, Megan, Elena, Zachary, Ian and Lee.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 29, 2000 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Interment was in the Kinkead Cemetery.

His family asks that any memoriums be made to either First Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria. 
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  Patricia Irgens (1934 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship
Kinkead Cemetery
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Kurt Johnson
Record added: May 20, 2011
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Lawrence Harlo Larry Irgens
Added by: Linda Meichsner
Lawrence Harlo Larry Irgens
Added by: Linda Meichsner
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 Added: May. 20, 2011

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