In Memory of Larry Templeton

Gathering of Family & Friends

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday April 20, 2019
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Prescott
1339 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021

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Larry “Pops” Joe Templeton, age 66, of Prescott, WI passed away on April 3, 2019 at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, MN. Born on February 10, 1953 in Memphis, TN to Wilson and Velma Templeton née Neely, he graduated from high school in 1971 at which time he joined the U.S. Navy, which he served until 1978.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle whenever he had the chance. He also enjoyed camping, bonfires, fishing, and cooking. Ever the jokester, friends and family will remember him for his sense of humor and levity. He enjoyed listening to music, playing the guitar, and supporting the Minnesota Vikings.
Both his parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his significant other, Pauline Johanik, and his children: Zachary Templeton and his husband Israel Vance of Atlanta, GA, Matt Templeton and his wife Dorci of Farmington, MN, and Sara Templeton of Estill Springs, TN. He leaves behind his brother and sister, Garry Templeton and wife Chrystal of Bell Buckle, TN and Ann Frady and her husband Steve of Lawrenceville, GA. In addition, Larry leaves behind four beautiful grandchildren, Jaylyn, Willow, Leena, and Jack; countless nieces, nephews, and friends; as well as special animal companions Zena, Jake, and Flahny.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will take place Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home located at 1339 Orrin Road, Prescott, WI. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family will accept memorial gifts. 715-262-5404
Services are entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott, WI.

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  • Frank still remembers his song “Kill a Commie for Christ” Frank and I send our condolences and prayers 🙏🏼

  • Just heard this sad news, just shocked. I’ll always remember his smile and the good times we had playing guitar together in our Navy days. RIP brother.

  • Very sad news.
    I remember Larry from our time in the Navy on the Ike. Larry was one of the nicest people on the Ike. I remember him playing the guitar and singing. He taught me “Plastic Jesus”. I still remember the words to this day.

  • I just came across this obituary today. I served in the Navy with Larry. I don’t recall ever seeing him in a bad mood, always ready with a smile.

    One story I remember is from the day after the Eisenhower’s commissioning. Mamie Eisenhower was the ship’s sponsor and was riding in a limo on the ship’s pier. Larry and one of his buddies were walking on the pier as the car slowly passed. Seeing it was Mamie, he bent down by the window and gave Her one of his smiles and a wave. That made her so happy, she turned around and was smiling and waving out the back window as her limo drove away.

  • Larry was one of our best family friends forever! Our young families got together regularly and often for many years. Milt and Larry and their Poulan chainsaws were almost a commercial. Milt on bass guitar and Larry on lead with Larry, Cheryl, and I singing was so much fun. All dressed up at the Renaissance Festival together was also memorable. Larry introduced us to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as well as many other unique and wondrous things. We rode in the magical Jeep to dine at Kings’s, the Bierstube, or other places. More often we were at their home eating fabulous meals or just hanging out as that was always the best and always more than fun with Larry to entertain. In hard times, he was caring and supportive. There are too many memories to recount here, but Larry always made these times fun, funny, and memorable. I miss you Lar!

  • Very sad news…I will always remember Larry because of the good time we had together in Mulhouse (France) and in La Prairie when he invited me for a HD biking week End. Rest in Peace, Larry, riding bikes, playing the guitar…

    Alain STIZ