Larry Alan Lysne,70, unexpectedly went home to the Lord on June 8, 2021.
Larry was born on March 14, 1951 in New Rockford, ND to Robert and Helen (Larson) Lysne. He was raised on Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge. He graduated from Kensal Public School in 1969.
Larry attended the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks. He married Joan Nieland in 1970 and they had two children, Maggi Leigh and Colby Ames. They divorced in 1978.
Larry earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Education, majoring in Biology from Minot State University in 1985. He later returned to UND to earn his Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 1991. He accomplished this while still farming with his grandfather near Maddock and while Maggi was also attending college at UND.
Larry met Sheila Dufford while working for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in Bismarck ND. They were married on July 28, 1995 near Estes Park, CO and lived west of Mandan. After winning a raffle for a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; Larry decided to learn how to fly. He bought a Cessna 172 and found Pete Finley, a USFWS pilot to instruct him. In 2001, Larry accepted a position as a wildlife biologist/pilot with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). Larry and Sheila then moved to Fairbanks, AK, from which they enjoyed many Alaskan adventures. They returned to the farm in ND every year to spend time with family and friends. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandsons hunting waterfowl or fishing. Other favorite activities included camping, birding, photography and travel, mostly to enjoy God’s creation. Larry loved gatherings with family and friends. Larry & Sheila celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows at the Sons of Norway lodge in 2020. They remained in Fairbanks until his departure.
Larry worked many professions. He ran an interior decorating business and co-owned the Silver Dollar Pawnshop in Grand Forks. In addition to farming, he continued contracting drywall & painting jobs and was a substitute teacher. After earning his MS, he worked for both North Dakota Game & Fish Department and USFWS on the Chase Lake Prairie Project. Here he wrote the first grant proposal to use North American Waterfowl Conservation Act money to improve habitat on private land; providing a template for others across the country. His first permanent federal job was with the BOR.
After leaving USFWS, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Aviation Maintenance program to become a certified Aircraft Mechanic. Following his certification, he began teaching several courses for the school. He acquired a damaged American Champ airplane as his first project and gained access to the use of floats, skis and a bigger wilder piece of Alaska.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Sheila Dufford, Fairbanks, AK; his daughter Maggi Lysne (Daryl) Lund, and sons, Jonah & Jack, Thompson, ND; and his son, Colby (Amy) Lysne and their son Spencer, Bismarck, ND; two sisters, Susan (James) Bond, Jamestown, ND and Jo Lysne (Kevin Beach), Carrington, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Glen Lysne, and his grandparents, Carl & Sylvia Sundet and Andrew & Helga Larson.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 19 at 1:00PM at St Paul Church, 949 Farmers Loop near Fairbanks, AK; and a service with burial on Saturday, June 26 at 4:00PM at Viking Lutheran Church near Maddock, ND (intersection 31st St NE & 51st Ave. NE). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Love In the Name of Christ.
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