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Lawrence DeLane Hollenbeck

Lawrence DeLane Hollenbeck, age 80, of Ithaca, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, at Mid Michigan Hospital in Alma.

L.D. was born April 19, 1939 in Porter Township, Breckenridge, the son of LeuVerne and Wesley Hollenbeck.  He attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary, graduating in 1958, and went on to Dr. Martin Luther College and Mankato State University in Minnesota and Western Michigan.  He married Verna Mischke on August 4, 1963.  He served in the Army from 1962 to 1965, and taught school in Ashley, Fulton, and for the State of Michigan, retiring in 1999.  

L.D. was active politically and a member of the Lion’s Club.  After retirement he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events and donating his time and talents to Builders for Christ projects.  He was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alma.

L.D. is survived by his wife of 56 years, Verna; his two daughters, Heather (Larry) Pung of Ithaca and Janeen (Steve) Whitmer of Midland; his four grandchildren, Megan, Kayla, Addison, and Logan; and his sister, Elizabeth (Robert) Muringer of Kawkawlin.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for L.D. will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alma, with Reverend John Eich officiating.  Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the church and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Lutheran Seminary, 2777 Hardin St., Saginaw, MI 48602.

The family is being served by the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (22)

Dear Verna & family. We were saddened to hear of LD’s passing. We will keep him & you in our prayers. Unfortunately, we will not be available for visitation, but will send healing thoughts. ❌⭕️ M & G
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGary & Marty McDaid
Verna & Family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Love, Cathy
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCathy (Garrett) Dame
Warren and I were so saddened to hear of LD's passing, but rejoice with you that he is in His Savior's presence and you will see him again.
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLois Hartman
He was my teacher in Perrinton back in the day....a great teacher he was! SALUTE !!!
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Romanczuk
Verna, George and I were so sorry to hear of L.D.'s passing.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
God's Blessings,
George and Linda Weburg
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Weburg
I have such great memories of his Fulton Schools 7th grade class (45 years ago!) He was a great teacher; he was a good sport; and was a lot of fun. I sliced open my hand cutting potatoes with a scalpel in his class....right after he told us to not cut our hand using the scalpel!........have the scar to prove it! Lol Learned how to use a black room. Learned a lot of cool stuff in his class! (Flying model rockets, for one!)

Remember his paddle with holes in it? Remember his fish tank?

That was a fun school year.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Hollenbeck! One of my favorite teachers of all time!! You made some great memories for me. That classroom has long been torn down! (As has the school, now that I think about it!)
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterScott Hoard
So many prayers of strength and comfort for all of you. As sad as this news is, I rejoice that he was welcomed into his Savior's arms in his heavenly home. Love you all.
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Rimmert
Saddened to learn of your loss. Rejoicing with you that L.D. Is now at home in heaven.
September 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Krueger
I have so many fond memories of Larry and you, being my parents’ Classmates at MLS. Larry was always a kind, Christian man. May your family be at peace knowing he is with our Savior and we’ll all see him again! Love, Leah Fein and kids
Dear Verna, Janeen, Heather, and family,
I am so saddened to read of LJ's passing, but happy to know that he is with our Jesus! I just saw him at Meijer's and was so surprised that he is gone! Thank God for our faith that holds us up at times like this. I will pray that Jesus will wrap His loving arms around you all and comfort you in your great loss.
Love and many prayers,
Barbara Dewey, Alma
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Dewey
Dear Verna and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My father certainlly cherished his friendship with L.D. I know they breakfasted many Saturday mornings and built lasting memories with Lions Club and political endeavors. I'm sure they are rekindling their friendship. God bless you as you cherish sweet memories.
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia Flegel
Mr Hollanbeck was my 7th grade teacher i had a mouse for my project. It bit him and me. He had to have the State Police come to pick it up and test it for rabies. Luckily we fed him too much salt from salted sun flower seeds! Then later in my Junior year He asked one day whose Red Impala Convertible that was in the parking lot. I said it was my Dads. He said that he admired the car and if my Dad wanted to sell it to let him know. Haha it was the only time my dad let me drive to school! He was always a fair teacher!

My heartfelt sympathy to you all!!
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTamey Skinner
Verna and family so sad to see of L D passing. Bill said he just spoke to you both. We will always remember our sauerkraut making day. What fun and good times. Love you❤️❤️
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterElla and Bill Martyn
Verna and family so sorry to hear of your lost I had Mr Hollenbeck in 7th grade (46) years ago and enjoyed it a lot and have become a friend for years and he always asked how my brothers and sisters were doing a real caring person
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKen Carman
Heather, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great man, one of the best teachers the students could have. I learned a lot from him. I won't go into everything i could say about him, it would take too long. We talked about him at Cartridges one day and i told you a lot of it. He will be missed by a lot of his students and remain forever in our hearts. Please tell your family that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRonna Gallagher
Verna and family it was a great pleasure being a nature guide with LD at Forest Hill. Always had Many good words of wisdom to share.
Prayers to you all!
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSally Stoll
Dear Verna and family,
I was so surprised to learn of LD's passing so soon after seeing you on Facebook, enjoying the girls' basketball game at Sem. Please accept my most sincere condolences at this great loss. May you and all your family know that God is in charge and He will see us through all the hard places. My sympathies. God bless all of you. Julie
September 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Zimmerman
Dear Verna, Larry is joyfully in Heaven- no tears on his side. God bless you, dear classmate and friend. You are in my prayers and close to my heart. Hugging you in my thoughts. Love, Lois
September 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLois Henderson
And so the years go by and I hear another friend is "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." Love and God's comfort to you and family.
Elaine Heier Almos
September 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterElaine J Almos
Verna and family,
We were saddened to hear of LD's passing. You are in our prayers.
September 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJerry & Cathy Timmons
I have some great memories of Larry during our 4 years at MLS. What a great guy. We will miss him. My condolences to his family. We know he is now enjoying the LIFE that he was looking forward to. Praise God.
September 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Weiss
May the LORD give all of you comfort. He is in heaven with his LORD and Savior.
September 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanice (Gorne) Dyer

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