Larry Leonard Kragh

To view a livestream of the service access https://www.cornerstoneminot.com/watch

Larry “Popsi” Kragh, 80, Minot, North Dakota, died peacefully surrounded by family on February 22, 2024.

Larry was born in Minot in 1943 to Ludvig ‘Louie’ and Marie (Holmes) Kragh. He would be the last Kragh raised on the original homestead plot near Mouse River Park. The family would move to Northwest Minot in the late 40’s. These yet developed hills would spark a lifelong love for the outdoors. He often spoke of skiing “right to his house” and hunting and fishing in the area. During these early years, his father would instill a work ethic that was unrivaled, and his mother would implant a competitiveness that would carry with him until his final moments. His mother would also play a pivotal role in introducing him to what would become another of his lifelong loves, bowling.

Popsi wouldn’t meet his “true” lifelong love, Kathy Caley until years later while working at Chateau Lanes. They would marry in 1973, have 2 kids, numerous pets and countless memories. They were lucky enough to have celebrated 50 years together in 2023.

Popsi was blessed with 5 children, Stuart (Rhonda), Lenore (Paul), Jeff (Jenny), Ryan (Bev) and Chad (Malinda), numerous grandchildren and multiple great grandchildren.

Larry’s work ethic was evident in his jobs. He would hold multiple jobs in the bowling industry, work as a machinist for Burlington Northern and finish by working over 20 years with the Minot Public School (bus driver, grounds crew) and Amtrak (machinist).

Over the years, Popsi had many hobbies. He was a great softball player into his 50s, a great bowler into his 70s, a good golfer into his 80s and average fisherman the whole time. His accolades in bowling are unparalleled. Placing him in both the state and city hall of fame. He will go down as one of the best to have ever done it in the state of North Dakota.

Larry is survived by: Wife of 50 years Kathy; Children: Stuart (Rhonda) Kragh, Lenore (Paul) Schlichting, Jeff (Jenny) Kragh, Ryan (Beverly) Kragh, and Chad (Malinda) Kragh; Grandchildren: Bret Kragh, Quintin Kragh, Nick (Kaila) Behles, Jacob Behles, Jordan (Whitney) Schlichting, Dusty (Lauren) Schlichting, Josh (Sabrina) Kragh, Jamey Kragh, Mariah (Austin) Haley, JD Kragh, Makenna Elert, Brecken Gruenzner, Raiden Gruenzner, Colemann Kragh, and McKinnley Kragh; Great-Grandchildren: Ripley and Easton Kragh Parker, Kingston, Austria, Cambree, Khora, and Kate Schlichting; Sister: Joann (Dave) Schmaltz and his faithful companion Kirby.

Larry was preceded in death by: Parents: Ludwig and Marie Kragh and Granddaughter: Chelsea Kragh.

We will miss Popsi every day. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him.

Celebration of Life for Larry “Popsi” Kragh: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Minot. To view a livestream of the service access https://www.cornerstoneminot.com/watch
Visitation: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to an organization of the donor’s choice in memory of Larry.


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