Rev. Lawrence A. Shoberg

June 27, 2022
Rev. Lawrence A. Shoberg

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The Reverend Lawrence A. Shoberg USN Ret. 86 died Monday June 27, 2022 of complications from ALS. He is survived by Karen, his wife, partner and soul mate of 62 years.

Larry was born to Arvid and Margaret Shoberg on Feb. 6, 1936 in Torrance, CA. He lived in California until he left home to attend Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, WA and after graduating attended Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, OH. It was during his internship in Michigan City, IN that he met and married Karen. After 7 years of parish ministry he felt called to serve God and Country by enlisting in the United States Navy. He proudly served as a Naval Chaplain for the next 23 years and retired as a Captain in 1991. He then returned to the parish ministry and served as pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg for the next 8 years at which time he “retired” but continued to serve the church in many interim settings for the next 15 years.

In addition to Karen he is survived by his children Cindi (David) Eidson , David (Traci) Shoberg and Connie (Keith) Roberts, grandchildren Bradley (Lauren) Eidson, Kelsey (Matt) Slay, Kyle & Camden Roberts and Nick & Ian Shoberg, great grandsons Maverick Slay and Will Eidson.

A devoted husband, father, Papa, Grampy and Grandpa he willingly went with Karen to any and all family events no matter how far away they were. He was an avid gardener and lover of birds and spent countless hours in his yard. His next favorite place to be was on the tennis courts. An involved Kiwanian he served in many capacities and could always be found volunteering at their many projects.

Rest peacefully faithful servant of God, you have served His people in so many ways and your presence will be missed here in your earthly home.

Bucktrout of Williamsburg is in charge of arrangements. Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday July 6 at 2 pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Stephen Sound System Fund (St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg VA 23185, memo: Sound System), the ALS Association or Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022
2:00 PM

St. Stephen Lutheran Church - Directions
612 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

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  • July 06, 2022
    Emmett Heltzel says:
    Dear Karen, Our sympathies to you and all of the Shoberg family. I count it one of my greatest blessings in life that I got to know and work with Pastor Shoberg when he was our interim minister at First English Lutheran from 2000 to 2001. He was a patient pastor and an excellent mentor to a young church council president trying his best to keep a congregation moving forward in ministry. He has earned his reward of eternity in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. God keep you and your family close and in his hands during this difficult time. Emmett Heltzel

  • July 05, 2022
    Jim O'Connell says:
    Karen and all the members of Larry's family Larry and I were truly tennis buddies for about 20 years. Whether it was pretty long ago on the courts at Ford's Colony or in later years in several groups at McCormack-Nagelson, we both stayed competitive and were good partners on our side of the net and tireless competitors as opponents. Pauline and I were truly shocked when Larry was diagnosed with ALS - shortly after he and Karen had moved to Patriots Colony. We have there for nine and a half years and were looking forward to them joining us here. Larry was a dedicated, helpful and compassionate person: a fine Naval Officer and Chaplain who truly understand and practiced the motto of my Alma Mater - Duty, Honor Country. I am certain that his life impacted many and that throughout his ministry he mentored many who are better persons for having been mentored by him I miss him as so many well. Rest in peace, my friend. Yours was a life well lived.

  • July 02, 2022
    Carol Burks says:
    Mrs. Shoberg, I'm sorry for your loss. I never met Mr. Shoberg, but we spoke about him often. I know that God is a healer and Mr. Shoberg is rejoicing with the Lord. Your loved one is now resting don't fill your life with tears Let your memories bring you comfort remember all the good years.

  • July 01, 2022
    Robert M. Weeks says:
    Larry was a great Navy Chaplain and friend. He was always ready to help! He preached for me when my mother died and helped me at the Armed Forces Staff Chapel. May God bless his wife and family at tis time. Chaplain Bob Weeks

  • June 30, 2022
    Doug and Cheryl Wolfe says:
    All my love to Pastor Shoberg and his family. This world will miss a great Pastor, Leader and Friend. God Bless