Obit: Pember, Larry J. (1949 - 2014)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Cook, Hable, Lechleitner, Pember, Piekarz, Webster

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 1/07/2015

Pember, Larry J. (16 JUL 1949 - 31 DEC 2014)

Larry J. Pember, age 65, of Menomonie, died on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at his home in the town of Menomonie, surrounded by his family, after battling progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) for the past five years.

Larry was born on July 16, 1949 in Jump River. He was the son of Daniel and Clara (Lechleitner) Pember and grew up in the Jump River area. He graduated from Gilman High School in 1967. Larry attended and graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in accounting in 1971.

Larry Married Linda Webster on Jan. 31, 1970 and had three sons, they later divorced.

On April 23, 1992, Larry married Sylvia Piekarz and they later divorced. In 1972,

Larry moved to Menomonie and in 1975 was one of the co-founders of Pember Excavating, serving as president from 1975 until 2002. In 2002, after selling Pember Excavating to his sons, Larry started Performance Concrete in Wausau and operated it until 2006 when he sold the business and retired. Larry enjoyed horseback riding, cross country skiing, hunting, real estate investments, flying, and traveling.

He was an active member of St. Joseph church, serving as an usher for many years. Larry enjoyed volunteering for several organizations including Knights of Columbus, Meals on Wheels, and the Menomonie Senior Center serving lunch, but most of all loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his three sons, Joe (Heather), Eric (Coleen) and Brent (Jill), all of Menomonie; six grandsons, Ryan and Jacob, Raymond and Luke, and Chase and Tyler; two brothers, Ronald (Patricia) of Fredricksburg, Mo., and Dale (Ida Hable) of Bloomer; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Daniel Jr. and David.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Robert Cook officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Jump River.

Online condolences may be made at

Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Menomonie served the family.



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