“Larry”) Vallem, age 65, of Lake Station, IN, passed away on October 18,
Larry was born on
November 13, 1949 in Ashland, WI to Raymond and Edith (nee Louis) Vallem of
Hayward, WI. Larry was a graduate of Spooner Community Schools and continued
his education at UW Superior; acquiring his Masters Degree in Fine Arts and
a journalism endorsement from Ball State.
Larry taught at
Roosevelt High in Gary, IN, and acted as Department Head for Gary Community
School System’s Art Department. He was always involved in school programs,
student functions and special events, including yearbook and prom advisor.
Larry spent his summers at North Star Boys Camp outside Hayward, WI as a
counselor and art teacher. Larry always continued his own art interests,
becoming accomplished in many mediums including painting, sculpting,
printmaking, weaving and others. His works were featured in exhibitions and
galleries and he achieved recognition and awards for his art, most notably
his bronze castings.
from his 32 years dedication to teaching, Larry remained an active part of
the community. Having many diverse interests, his contributions and
involvements included but were not limited to: Sons of Norway, Duneland
Weavers Guild, Indiana University NW Art Dept., Northwest Indiana Mac Users
Group, Lake Station, IN, Historical Society, accomplished Master Gardener
and Bonsai Master, Norwegian Garden at Friendship Gardens, Gary Art Works
summer intern gifted and talented program, National Art Education
Association and County Line Apple Orchard.
He was preceded in
death by his father Raymond Vallem and brother Craig Vallem.
Larry is survived
by his mother, Edith Vallem; three sisters- Elaine (Charles) Grainger, Irene
(Charles) Graves, Judy Hooker; one brother, Paul Vallem; six nieces and two
The family will
gather next summer for a time of sharing, reminiscing, admiring and
celebrating the life of a beloved brother and oldest son.
Burns Funeral Home
Cremation Services, 701 East 7th Street, Hobart, entrusted with