Larry Allen Novotny

Larry Allen Novotny, age 81, of Renville, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2024, after a courageous battle with illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 3 p.m. at the Zion Methodist Church in Danube.  The Rev. Krey Leesman will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Cemetery in Renville.  Visitation for Larry will be Friday from 1-3 p.m. at the church in Danube.  Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.

Larry Allen Novotny, born on September 18, 1942, in Willmar, Minnesota, and baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island, Minnesota. Larry was the beloved son of Joe and Florella (Osman) Novotny. Growing up in Bird Island, Minnesota, Larry dedicated himself to helping around the family farm, embodying a strong work ethic from a young age. He found joy in labor, finding fulfillment in his work and in supporting his family. His commitment to his loved ones was unwavering, especially to his children, whom he loved deeply.

Larry’s professional journey led him to various roles, including working for Gold Hammer Trucking in the early 70s and settling in Renville, where he worked at the Renville Fertilizer Plant and served part-time for the police department. On April 19, 1975, Larry united in marriage with Barbara Grund at the United Methodist Church in Renville. For two decades, Larry devoted himself to the Southern Minnesota Beet Cooperative in Renville, excelling as a welder and foreman. After leaving, he ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing a successful car wash business in Renville, MN, alongside power washing and snow removal services.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Larry cherished his leisure time, indulging in hunting, camping, boating, teaching others how to water ski. He also had a special affection for his old red Ford truck and black Chevy Laguna, and he relished racing with his family in Bird Island, Minnesota, during the summer months. Larry’s heart was always with his friends and family, where he found solace in sharing cold beers, telling long jokes, and enjoying the company of loved ones. He found joy in watching old Westerns, admiring the likes of John Wayne, and listening to the music of Johnny Cash.

Despite facing health challenges, Larry’s determination and resilience never wavered. Even at the age of 59, when he could no longer work full-time due to his health, he continued to persevere, never giving up on life or his loved ones. His impact touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of hard work, love, and laughter. When asked always “Larry How do you feel? … He would answer with a smirk “With my fingers”.

Larry is survived by his wife Barb, his sons and daughter: David (and Barb) Novotny of Renville, Jackie (and Greg) Kemnitz of Thompson, Iowa,  John (and Karen) Novotny of Ghent, and Michael (and Kelly) Novotny of Corwith, Iowa; his grandchildren: Chad (and Cassie Novotny, Kendra (and Graham) Rigge, Trent (and Ashley) Novotny, Brad (and Alyssa) Kemnitz, Cassandra (and Logan) Davids, Chris Novotny, Megan (and Josh) Swedzinski, Stephanie (and Reid) Hafemann, and Jasmine Novotny; 15 great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings Richard Novotny, Imogene Lothert, Yvonne LaCroix, and JoAnne Adams.  Larry Allen Novotny will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.