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Lawrence “Larry” Onken

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Lawrence “Larry” Herbert Onken, son of the late Virgil and Emmarita Tiefenthaler Onken, was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Carroll, Iowa, and passed away peacefully at Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at age 74.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at St. John Paul II Parish-St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The celebrant will be Father Kevin Richter. Music will be provided by Jane Heithoff as the accompanist and Kathleen Macke as the cantor. Honorary casket bearers are Kevin Onken, Chad Onken, Scott Onken, Mike Williams and Kyle Williams. Casket bearers are Don Keller, Ron Macke, Steve Hausman, John Hausman, Brian Hausman and Matt Hausman. Burial will be at Carroll Cemetery.

A visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll with a prayer service that is open to the public at 7 p.m. Visitation without greeting the family will be from 9:30 until 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Those in attendance of Larry’s services are required to wear a face covering and abide by social-distancing practices.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Larry’s family at

Larry graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School with the Class of 1965. He married the love of his life, Susan Kay Hausman, on Feb. 23, 1974, at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia, Iowa. This union was blessed with one son, Ryan Christopher, born on March 2, 1976.

Larry started off working as a painter for Luchtel Painting in Carroll. After a few years of painting, he started a career with Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Carroll. After 25 years at Pepsi, he took an early retirement due to health reasons.

Larry had many hobbies and interests over the years. He was a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. He was also a member of the Moose Club in Carroll. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, hunting, classic car shows, occasional gambling trips with Susan, and of course time with his family. He was especially proud of his 1972 Chevelle that he purchased new from his father. Larry took very good care of his vehicles. He restored and maintained his Chevelle to the present day. For many years he could be found on at Kerp’s bar on Sunday afternoons with his buddies. He rarely missed the annual family summer trip to Lake Okoboji.

Over the past few years, Larry’s health had declined, but his strength and strong spirit never wavered. He would always greet you with a big smile and was ready for a visit.

Larry is survived by his wife: Susan Onken of Carroll; his son: Ryan (Nichole) Onken of Carroll; three grandchildren: Kyle Emery of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Molly Emery of Carroll and Bently Onken of Carroll; his brother Vern Onken of Arcadia; mother-in-law: Vergene Hausman; three brothers-in-law: Steve (Lisa) Hausman of Carroll, John (Julie) Hausman of Halbur, Iowa, and Brian (Jean) Hausman of Arcadia; three sisters-in-law: Kate (Glenn) Williams of Moline, Illinois, Barb (George) Halverson of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kathy Onken of Omaha, Nebraska; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Virgil and Emmarita Onken; two brothers: Darrell “Doc” Onken and Myron Onken; his father-in-law: Louis Hausman; and brother-in-law George Hausman.

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