Lawrence (Larry) L. Bordsen, 93, of Punta Gorda, Florida, and St. Anthony Village, died May 9, 2024. He was born in St. Paul on Oct. 2, 1930, the oldest of two boys born to Lester and Cecilia (Farenbaugh) Bordsen.

Larry graduated in 1948 from Johnson High School in St. Paul. In June of 1949, he and his best friend Dick Larson drove out west in a 1930 Ford convertible to fight fires with the U.S. Forest Service. They stayed in platform tents at the Whiskey Creek campsite.

In September, they sold the convertible and drove back in a coup on Route 66. The family believes it was the best time of his life, for he talked about it often.

In 1951, Larry joined the U.S. Air Force as a weapons mechanic when the Korean War was in full swing. Following his service, he attended the University of Minnesota and worked as a railroad telegrapher for Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1960, he joined Sperry Univac (now Unisys Corp) as a computer programmer. He retired in 1989.

Larry married his first wife Beverly (Kozy) in 1954. They had four children — Deb, Dirk, Jim and Jean — and raised them in St. Anthony Park. In May 1983, Kozy died of ovarian cancer.

In May of 1993, Larry married his second wife, Mary Ellen Moore. After retirement, he and Mary spent six months each year in Punta Gorda, Florida, and the other six months in St. Anthony Village,

Larry’s passions throughout his life were all things tennis, traveling, his family and his many friends. He loved life with an energetic passion, giving generously without taking.

Larry had a great sense of humor, sharp intellect, and was always interested in personally engaging others. He was a voracious reader, consuming books, newspapers and watching old movies.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Cecilia, first wife Beverly (Kozy), brother Don, and stepson Jim. He is survived by his second wife Mary, daughter Deb (Norm), son Dirk (Jen), son Jim (Kelly), daughter Jean (David), stepson Mike (Kathy), stepdaughter Wendy (John), five grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Larry donated his body to the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School for the advancement of medical education and research. He will eventually be interred at Fort Snelling.

A life well lived, Larry will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life was held at Oak Marsh Golf Course.

Please send memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html

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