Larry was a man of his word whose life reflected his faith. His joy was to be of service to others.
Larry was born on January 28‚ 1945‚ in Pratt‚ Kansas. He graduated from high school in Lorraine‚ Kansas‚ in 1963. He joined the Marine Corps and served twice in Vietnam. Larry liked to travel and chose to serve in the embassy duty as a Marine Corps guard. He was stationed in the American Embassy in Moscow‚ Russia‚ where he met his future wife‚ Rosy‚ a native of Switzerland. Afterwards‚ he was stationed at the embassy in Bern‚ Switzerland‚ where he and Rosy married in 1967. Larry was a loving husband to Rosy and father to his daughter‚ Diana‚ and son‚ Thomas.
Larry’s heart was informing‚ and he and Rosy moved to Lorraine in 1968. He farmed until 1974‚ when he started to work at the Lorraine Grain Fuel and Stock Company. He worked as a grain elevator superintendent until his death in 2010. He found much satisfaction in his work‚ as he liked to help farmers.
His community was very important to him. He joined the Lorraine Volunteer Fire Department in 1974 and had served as the department’s chief since 1990. He enjoyed serving with the other firefighters. He was happy giving rides on the fire truck to the children when they had fire department fundraisers.
The firefighters showed their love by leading the funeral procession in their fire trucks and by honoring him with the last call at the cemetery.
Larry served on the Lorraine City Council and was an usher at the First Baptist Church of Lorraine‚ where he enjoyed greeting people.
When his son‚ Thomas‚ joined the Boy Scouts in 1984‚ Larry became a Boy Scout leader‚ a role he enjoyed until he passed away. He was a member of the Arrow and Brotherhood. He was a 2002 recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.
Larry was a patriotic man. He joined the American Legion Post #200 in Holyrood‚ Kansas‚ in 1977‚ and served three times as a commander. He also was a member of the VFW Post 6485 in Ellsworth.
Larry lived a full life and is loved and missed by all who knew him.