Lawrence M. Kjeldgaard, of Ellis Ave., Springville, died Friday October 12, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo at the age of 82.
He was born June 18, 1936 in Lancaster, New York a son of the late Louis Chester and Margaret Ann (nee McLeod) Kjeldgaard. He was a graduate of Williamsville South High School, where he played on the high school golf team and served in the U. S. Navy Reserves. He was a welder for Union Carbide - Lindy Division in North Tonawanda. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Springville. He was active in his church and enjoyed golfing.
His wife - Phyllis Rae (nee Shade) Kjeldgaard whom he married in 1982 died September 4, 2017.
He is survived by his children - Ron (Ann Marie) Kjeldgaard of Depew, Linda (John) Zilliox of Wheatfield, Dan Kjeldgaard of Buffalo, Lawrence Kjeldgaard of Nashville, TN; step-children - Thomas (Joanne) Brown of Clarence, Sharon (John) Danna of Hamburg, Susan (Dale) Ziegelhofer of Hamburg, Shannon (Deb Seneway) Brown of Chattanooga, TN, Theresa (John Molnar) Ellington of Hamburg, Tammy (Stacy) Rice of Springville, Jill (Mike) McCoy of San Jose, CA; a sister - Janet Valentine of Ft. Myers, FL; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandson, several nieces and nephews and the mother of his children - Martha L. Kjeldgaard of Buffalo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers - Nelson and Louis D. Kjeldgaard.
Friends may call Monday October 15, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. Funeral services will be held Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 11 am in the First United Methodist Church, 474 E. Main St., Springville.
Memorials may be made to the Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714.
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of Dad and Husband, Larry. Although we cannot be there in person, our thoughts are with you at this time of your great loss.
Love, Kathi and Jim
Jim and Kathi Lecksell - Monday October 15, 2018 via Condolence Message
My deepest sympathies to you all. Thinking of you with love -- Jill
Jill McCoy - Sunday October 14, 2018 via Condolence Message
To Larry's Family,
Larry was my mother's first cousin and she loved spending time with him as they were growing up.
Larry was a bright light and a source of comfort when my mother and grandmother died.
Be assured of my prayers.
Rev. Daniel A. Young - Sunday October 14, 2018 via Condolence Message
Sincere condolences , grew up with the kjeldgaards in Williamsville... Many fond memories...Larry was a great person...
Dick Aquino - Sunday October 14, 2018 via Condolence Message
My dear Daddy: There are at least a thousand things to be discussed. Please wait for me, and we'll talk everything over while you teach me how to play Golf on God's best courses.
Nobody ever had such a Classy guy for a father. I love you!
Danny Richard - Sunday October 14, 2018 via Condolence Message
I wish you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow. (2 Corinthians 1:2-4) The
Bible gives true hope of being reunited again with your loved one. (John 5:28, 29) The
Bible promises that your loved one will soon come back to life in the resurrection to
a peaceful paradise on the earth. (Acts 24:15)
S. Ellis - Saturday October 13, 2018 via Condolence Message