Lawrence Clarence Mohr

August 19, 1931 – October 7, 2013


Lawrence Clarence (L.C.) Mohr, dad, brother, son, and friend, 82, of Brandon, SD, and formerly Hosmer, SD, died peacefully in his sleep, Monday, October 7, at the CLC Unit of the Veteran’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hosmer, SD, with inurnment following at Bethany Cemetery, Hosmer, with full military honors. Pastor Pat Hahn will officiate.

Lawrence was born to Theobald and Bertha (Maisch) Mohr in McPherson County. He was raised and educated in the rural Hosmer area. He worked on the farm for awhile before enlisting in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, he married his sweetheart, Virginia Graff, on June 21, 1954 and they settled in Hosmer where they raised their family. In approximately 1960, they moved to Clinton, IA where he worked for Central Steel for about two years, after which they moved back to Hosmer and he and Virginia owned and operated several businesses there including the first meat market, the Sportsmen’s Bar, and for quite a few years Mohr Auction Service. In 2011, he suffered a heart attack and spent about a year at the VA Hospital recuperating and then moved to Helping Hands Assisted Living in Brandon, SD. He was a very talented self-taught painter and many of his original paintings and drawings hang in homes and businesses worldwide. After he retired, when he wasn’t drawing, painting, or tinkering in his shop, he could be found fishing, hunting, riding his scooter around town, or at the casino. He was a member of the Hosmer American Legion and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hosmer.

Lawrence is survived by his children, Denny (Heather) Mohr, Brookville, OH; Dixie (Peter) Janker, Springfield, VA; Lori (Douglas) Furness, Brandon; and Becky Mohr, Sunbury, PA; five grandchildren: Paul Janker, Leslie Rives, Timothy Furness, Nathan Brandner, and Stormie Mohr; and two great-granddaughters that he adored: Alexys Brandner and Maeson Furness; his mother, Bertha Mohr, Eureka, one brother, Milton (Betty) Mohr, Hosmer; and two sisters Doris (Milton) Adam, Rapid City; and Edna (Merle) Hieb, Eureka.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; his son, Leon; his great-granddaughter, Jayda Li Brandner, and his father.

Throughout his life, Lawrence truly touched the lives of many with his creative paintings and his entertaining stories. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

In leiu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Lawrence’s honor.

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  • Holly Kosel-Carr says:

    To Lawrence’s family

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My Dad (Kenny Kosel) and Lawrence auctioned with each other for many years. I remember them always visiting and laughing! Truly some of the best Men I have known. God Bless you all through this difficult time.

  • Douglas Burrer Family says:

    Dagmar and I extend sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. A true patriot, and talented artist. I own some of the artwork mentioned in his obituary and never tired of swapping ‘lies’ with him about his time and my time spent along the Korean DMZ, although separated by more than 40 years. I know he was especially fond of the month of October for everything it brings including harvest and hunting. He’s sipping coffee and playing pitch for penny a point right now with Rupert, Chip, and even Frank and they are all smiling down on us. God bless.

  • David, Kim, Nicole and Morgan Gruebele says:

    We are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. We pray that you will find comfort knowing that Uncle Lawrence is no longer struggling, but happy at home in heaven.

  • teddy says:

    a blackberry brandy salute to you my friend

  • Keith Carder Family says:

    To the Mohr Family. You have our deepest sympathy. Just know that we are all with you in sorrow. Lawrence was a wonderful man. We all truly enjoyed Lawrence and Virginia’s visits. Myself and my wife Shirley and kids had some very memorable times with your family. You could always expect a good laugh if Lawrence was around. You have our sincere condolences. The Carder Family

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