Larry Seim

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:30 pm

Larry H. Seim, age 86, of Decorah, Iowa, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016 at Decorah Lutheran Church with Rev. David Sorenson and Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating. Organist is Kathy Murray. Congregational hymns include “How Great Thou Art,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.” Casket bearers are Tim Blumer, Mark Finholt, Mike Fitzzgerald, John Gipp, Dennis Myhre and Jerry Timmons. Interment will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah, with Full Military Honors by Decorah’s Veterans and Military Organizations, and U.S. Army personnel. 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today (Thursday, May 19) at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and on Friday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., one hour before the service, at Decorah Lutheran Church.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Lawrence “Larry” Hubert Seim was born June 8, 1929 in Decorah, the youngest son of Lawrence Helge and Florence (Nelson) Seim. He was baptized and confirmed at Decorah Lutheran Church. Larry graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1948. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Luther College and earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. While at Luther, he met and started dating Arlyne Forbes of Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Larry was united in marriage to Arlyne July 2, 1952 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, Wis. They were blessed with two sons, Jeff and Scott.

Larry served in the U.S. Army for two years, first at Fort Riley, where Larry and Arlyne lived in Manhattan, Kans., and then at Fort Sheridan, where they lived in North Chicago, Ill. Larry worked in the Finance Office of the Armed Forces because he was one of the few men with a college degree. After his service, they lived in Osage, for a year where Larry was a teacher at Orchard High School, before moving back to Decorah. Larry worked as a Junior High and High School Guidance Counselor for the Decorah Community School District for 35 years, retiring in June 1991. He received the Award of Merit for his years of service to the school district.

He was a member of Decorah Lutheran Church, Coin Club and the Elks Club. Larry enjoyed his many friends and acknowledging all of their birthdays.

Larry died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, at the age of 86.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his eight siblings: Lucille Ramus, Helen Finholt, Ruth Aakre, Frances Headington, Lester, James, Robert and Charles Seim.

Larry is survived by his wife Arlyne; and his two sons, Jeff (Holly) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Scott of Rochester, Minn.

The family requests memorials be given to the Decorah High School Track Renovation Project in the name of Larry Seim. Donations can be made out to Decorah Viking Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 293, Decorah, IA 52101.

Submit A Comment

Fill out the form to submit a comment. All comments require approval by our staff before it is displayed on the website.

Notify of
0 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments