Larry William Kytola of Osceola, died July 10, 2019, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was 76.

Larry was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Duluth, Minn., to Laurie and Mabel (Gradberg) Kytola. He was a 1960 graduate of Osceola High School and attended technical school for auto body repair.

Larry was united in marriage to Patricia Meyer on June 14, 1969, in East Farmington. In his younger years, Larry was employed with Bellanca Aircraft in Osceola. He later worked at Osceola Auto Body from 1972 until his retirement in 2006.

Larry enjoyed volunteering for the following groups: Minnesota Transportation Museum, Minnesota Street Rod Association, Habitat for Humanity, Osceola St. Croix Valley Railway, Osceola Historical Society, and the St. Croix Falls Historical Society. He enjoyed construction, working on his home, and reading. Larry received the following awards: President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 signed by Barack Obama, 2012 Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year, and the 2012 Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year Award, Northwest Region. Larry and Patricia co-authored several books on automobiles: Diamonds in the Rust, Fat Fenders, Sports Trucks, and How to Paint Flames.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Laurie and Mabel.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Bradley (special friend, Heather Ross); also many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial Service will be held at 11a.m., July 20, at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Osceola. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. at the church.

Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.

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