Larry Dwayne Zea

Larry Dwayne Zea, 84, of Blackduck, died on Nov 12, 2021, at home in Pennington, MN. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.He was born on October 13th, 1937, to Dale and Bernice (Kauffman) Zea in Denison, Iowa. He grew up and attended school in Denison, then attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. There he met his wife to be, Patricia Board, and they were married in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1957. In addition to his wife and family, he had many loves in his life: opera, flying, hunting, fishing, and his Scottish Highland Cattle. From 1956 to 1970 he was a member of the US Navy Band Sea Chanters in Washington, D.C. He performed at the White House for presidents Eisenhower through Nixon. He performed in a European wide TV broadcast in Berlin shortly after the Berlin wall was erected, toured South American with President Eisenhower, and toured Mexico. He participated in several presidential inaugurations and marched with the US Navy Band in the President Kennedy funeral procession. While in the Navy he proceeded to attain many flying licenses, including his ATP, and ended up being chief flight instructor at the Andrews-Bolling Air Force club, while still performing with the Sea Chanters. In 1970 he and his family moved to the south shore of Pimushe Lake in the Blackduck area. For two years he taught flying and flew charters at Bemidji Aviation. He then started Kimball Music and Furniture in Blackduck and in 1981 started Insurance Services North in Blackduck. In 1987 he started raising Scottish Highland Cattle and for several years had some of the top show quality highlands in the US. In 1999 he had the National Champion Heifer and in 2000 had the National Champion Bull and National Champion Cow/Calf. In the early 2000’s he exported two shipments of highlands to Chile in South America. In 2001 he was named the American Highland Cattle Association member of the year. He served on the Moose Lake Township Board, served for four years on the Blackduck School Board, represented northeast Minnesota for many years on the Minnesota Beef Council, and served as a director of the American Highland Cattle Association for over 10 years. He is survived by his wife Patricia, son Michael Zea, daughter Pamela and her husband Dennis Flynn, daughter Rebecca Green, son Jeffrey Zea, grandchildren David Kennedy, Denys Zea, Robert Green, Joseph Green, James Green, Zachary Zea-Heuer, great-grandchildren Allen Kennedy, Mackenzie Kennedy, as well as his brother James Zea, sister Donna Roths, and brother Marlin Zea. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dennis. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in Larry Zea’s name. Messages of condolence may be sent to

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