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Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle, age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:07 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Larry's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Larry's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on November 29, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Larry was born on October 9, 1939, in Dubuque, IA, son of Leslie L. and Nellie Mae (Smith) Coyle.

Larry was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who learned early on the value of faith, family and friends. During his youth, Larry enjoyed pitching for the Dubuque Senior High School baseball team and also found great joy in earning team points on the mat with the wrestling team. After graduation, Larry attended the University of Iowa, Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Larry would eventually follow in his father's footsteps, in the painting trade, after working many summers while still in high school. He worked for his father's employer, the late James W. Grant, until Mr. Grant's retirement in 1982. Larry purchased the business and continued to operate it with great success, under the name of Grant Painting, until his retirement in 2006. He was known for his excellent and conscientious work, as well as personally for his gentleness, generosity and honesty. Larry was united in marriage to Mary Patricia "Pat" Drew on January 23, 1965, at the Church of the Nativity, and their union was blessed with 51 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored sons. In his free time, Larry loved to spend a relaxing day shooting for par and trusted that losing a ball would never rattle his game. Unfortunately, health issues would gradually prevent a round of golf, and other moments of joy; but Larry was never bitter and would simply find contentment in watching a tournament on TV, along with a multitude of other sports. Larry faced all of his health struggles with an optimistic attitude and continually looked forward to feeling better. Family was always Larry's top priority throughout his 77 year earthly journey and he truly treasured spending time with his loving wife Pat, his proud boys, and his beautiful grandchildren. Larry was an excellent example of what can be accomplished with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and an optimistic attitude. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but thankfully we find peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day with all of our loved ones who've been called home ahead of us to their heavenly estates.

Those left to cherish Larry's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Patricia "Pat" Coyle, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 sons,
Michael L. (Heidi) Coyle, Maquoketa, IA,
Thomas P. (Molly) Coyle, Sherrill, IA
and Mark D. (Emily) Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

his 10 grandchildren,
Joseph, Anna, Daniel and Grace Coyle, Maquoketa, IA;
Maggie, Carlee, Jolee and Arriana, Sherrill, IA
and Liam and Kaley Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

and his sisters, Barbara Niverth, McHenry, IL
and Sharon Kay "Kay" Anderson, Apache Junction, AZ.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Leland Anderson.

A Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Larry's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Mayo Clinic, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Larry and his family.