Lawrence “Larry” R. Salzman 1928-2019
Lawrence “Larry” R. Salzman
Lawrence “Larry” R. Salzman, 90, of Medford, passed away on April 4, 2019, surrounded by his family at Marshfield Medical Center, under the care of Marshfield Palliative Care. A mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Phil Juza officiated the mass. Burial was held at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Westboro. Visitation took place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 9 from 9 a.m. until the time of the mass.
Larry was born on April 25, 1928 to Joseph and Mary (Niziolek) Salzman in Cassel. He was the oldest of 12 siblings. He received his education at St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Technical School in Wausau. At the age of 16, he drove a milk route for his father. In 1948 he moved to Westboro and bought the Shell Gas Station, at the same time he also owned a pulp truck hauling logs to Tomahawk for loggers in the area. His marriage to Mary Jean Bundick took place on Dec. 10, 1951 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake. After their marriage, Larry sold the business in Westboro and bought some gravel trucks. He worked for various contractors in road construction. They also owned a farm west of Medford where they raised their family. In 1974 they sold the farm. Larry continued to work road construction in Illinois and the family settled in Freeport, Ill. Larry retired from RS&D of Illinois in 1986. They traveled for 10 years spending the winters in South Texas. In 1996, they moved back to Medford and bought the Lickity Split drive in. They sold it when Larry’s health worsened. He loved working with his high school crew at Lickity Split.
Larry loved to complete wood crafts for the family until he lost his eye sight. He still loved to stay busy by cooking and he worked “The Table” with Deacon Joe and the rest of the crew for nine years at Holy Rosary Social Center.
Larry is survived by his wife, Mary of 67 years; six children, Jean Ann (Bradley) Williams of Argyle, Texas, Larry (Esther) Salzman, Jr. and David (Rita) Salzman, all of Medford, Michael (Rosa) Salzman of Janesville, Peter (Susie) Salzman of Knoxville, Tenn. and Paul (Janice) Salzman of Beloit; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, James (Sandy) Salzman of Ringle; sisters, Rose (Norbert) Henrichs of Minocqua, Lucille (Richard) Bousley of Townsend and Pearl (Jim) Wallner, Louise Williams, Mary K. (Jim) Smith and Ester Salzman, all of Wausau; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Josephine Breit, Arnold, Marvin, Leonard; baby sister, Delores Salzman; and father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Aprillia Bundick.
Larry was of the Catholic faith where he had a passion for serving. He worked many funerals with Father Gerard at Holy Rosary and was also a Eucharistic Minister. He was a proud fourth degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Retired Teamster Club Local 325 and was a volunteer officer for the Freeport Auxiliary Police.
Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was always ready to help family, friends, neighbors and strangers. He fought a long battle with cancer and will be missed by many.
Memorial donations in honor of Larry can be given to the family for designation at a later date or a charity of the donor’s choice in Larry’s name.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements, online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.