In Memory of Dr. Larry Traynor, DVM

Public Visitation

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday July 10, 2020
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Private Memorial Mass

Friday July 10, 2020
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Private Family Burial

Friday July 10, 2020
Clayfield Catholic Cemetery
Cty. Rd. DD
Ellsworth WI,

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Dr. Larry Patrick Traynor, 79, passed peacefully at home in River Falls, WI, on July 4, in the company of his family.

Larry was born on June 26, 1941 in River Falls, WI, to Mary LaMoine and George Donovan Traynor.  Larry was raised in Ellsworth, WI, attended Ellsworth schools including  St. Francis School and Ellsworth High School, graduating in 1959.   He was a member of Ellsworth’s first wrestling team, wrestling for Kirby Symes.  After high school, Larry studied Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.  He completed his veterinary medicine studies at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1965 and began practicing in Ellsworth the same year. Larry’s practice served the greater Ellsworth and surrounding areas until his retirement in 2001.

Larry enjoyed life, often in the company of family and friends.  As a young man in the 50’s and 60’s and with American car culture in full swing, he was drawn to the fast cars of the era.  This interest grew into a lifetime passion for Corvettes, which he owned and meticulously cared for over the years including at the time of his passing.  He also spent many years riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles throughout the midwest and western states and loved boating on the St. Croix River.  He enjoyed playing pool with friends and participated in pool leagues over the years.  He was an avid trap shooter, served as a member of the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, and was always up for a game of euchre or poker.  Upon retirement, Larry and Joyce spent their winters at their home on Marco Island, Florida.

Larry is survived by his wife, Joyce (River Falls, WI); sister Barbara Dagastino (Darrell)(River Falls, WI); sons Todd (Janet)(Rocklin, CA), Thomas (Rosie)(Orange, CA), and Michael (Amy)(Chicago, IL); daughter Lori Larson(River Falls, WI); granddaughter Kathleen Traynor (Rocklin, CA); grandsons Tyler (Reno, NV), Aiden (Orange, CA) and Brendan Traynor (Orange,CA); and many nieces, nephews and brothers/sisters-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Lamoine and George Donovan Traynor and Grandmother Nefa Traynor.

Services will be held at St. Francis Church in Ellsworth on July 10. A public visitation will begin at 10:30 followed by a private funeral service at Noon. A family-only burial will follow at Clayfield Cemetery.  Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421

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  • I grew up with Tom and Mike . Larry was a great man, always supported his boys and myself as we raced and become men. Such a loss, pease

  • To Joyce and Family
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Larry was just such a nice guy
    and good Vet. There will be so many good good memories. Bless all of you.
    Jim and Sandee Coughlin

  • Well rest in peace doc. Prayers for everyone in your loss of your dad, husband grandpa. I lost my dad at same age. Very hard. I had the wonderful privilege to know doc very well. Well I think there should be enough poker players in heavan now from Ellsworth. Take care

  • Joyce and Lori, so sorry to read about your loss in the paper today. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May all your great memories live in your heart forever. Hugs and kisses.

  • So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I worked for Larry for several years at the vet clinic. It was a job that I truly loved, and that was in large part due to Larry being wonderful person. He will be missed. Joyce – May you find comfort and peace in your memories

  • Larry was the kind of guy you liked to see come into a room. He always had something, mostly intelligent to say and he made the world a brighter place. We will miss him!

  • Thinking of you Joyce and family. Sincere condolences, he was a great man and will be missed.

  • Larry was the best Vet ever and took such great care if my first two cats!! Even Hershey that required sedation for his annual checkup!!
    Hugs and prayers to Joyce and family.

  • So many wonderful memories of Doc from animal care to boating on the Mississippi. A great guy! My sympathies, Joyce. Cherish those wonderful memories and let them make you smile!

  • Larry was our vet for many years till his retirement and always a good friend. Whenever he came for a vet visit, Herb and he would first talk motorcycles, a shared passion! Prayers for comfort and peace for all who loved him!