Lawrence (Larry) H. Crosby, 76, of St. Anthony Park, died unexpectedly Feb. 29, 2024. The eldest of five children, Larry was born to Gladys Rose Crosby (Kunde) and Charles Crosby.

Larry grew up in Kankakee, Illinois. He studied at Concordia Colleges in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his master of divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and was ordained on Aug. 11, 1974. He went on to earn his juris doctor in 1988 from Hamline University School of Law.

Larry married Janet Ann Austin on June 24, 1972. They loved canoeing, camping and riding bikes.

Lawrence’s calling as a pastor led him to Montana; Shishmaref, Alaska; East Rochester, New York; and Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa, where he served as a missionary. Upon returning to the U.S., he found a new passion in agricultural law, appellate law and immigration law. He practiced law in St. Paul until his death. He loved helping people, giving everyone a fair shake and providing justice and safety. His clients became his family.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet Ann; his children: Matthew (Consuelo), Seth (Megan), Zachary, Anna (Evan), Leah (Mike); and seven grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on March 23 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. The service was live streamed:

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