The family of Shafer, Minnesota resident Larry Richard Schmidt regrets to inform you of his untimely passing on March 4, 2023, while on vacation in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Richard and Muriel, Schmidt of Chisago City, gave birth to Larry on February 12, 1948, and he had just turned 75.
Larry graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in 1966. He began dating Linda in 1969, and the two got hitched on May 23, 1970. They were together for 36 years. The two of them stayed close till Linda passed away in 2020.
Over the years, Larry and Linda owned a variety of companies, including two auto dealerships, a wholesale jewelry store, a seafood truck, a Samurai Sam’s franchise, MGM Liquor Warehouse, Smitty’s 61 Club, the 5th Ave Eatery in St. Cloud, Hilltop Liquors, and most recently, Larry’s dump truck company.
Yet Larry was best known in his neighborhood for his long-term management and hospitality at Smitty’s in Chisago City, where he was raised, and The Border Bar in Taylors Falls, where he and Linda used to cook and host their neighborhood friends.
Larry, also known as “Border Billy” and “Big Lar,” was very friendly and never met a stranger. He detested being by himself and was the epitome of an extrovert. He was well-known for being an all-around kind guy and was frequently seen grinning and laughing.
Larry was always making friends with new people and had many lifelong pals. He was well-known and well-liked in his neighborhood. He was a fantastic friend and family member who would give the shirt from his back to help others.
He enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino occasionally, hunting, fishing, golfing, watching sports of all kinds, and collecting vintage automobiles. He enjoyed cooking and trying out new eateries, especially ones run by families.
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His mother and father, infant sister Andrea, ex-wife Linda, and several cherished pets predeceased Larry.
His daughters Amy Schmidt (Frosty) and Angela Boone (Anthony), granddaughter Sarae, sister Patricia Konkler (Richard), nephews, as well as several devoted friends and extended family members, survive him. Larry’s loved ones, including his daughters, will miss him dearly.
On April 1, 2023, from 3-5 p.m., there will be a Celebration of Life at the Chisago Lakes Township hall at 12400 316th St. in Lindstrom.
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