Larry was born May 26, 1949 in Wausau, Wis. to John Lawrence and Eloyle Guess. He spent his childhood traveling due to his father being in the military and subject to different assignment locations. After Larry graduated from high school he volunteered for military service as his country was at war and he felt he had an obligation to serve. The military trained him and he volunteered for duty in the war zone of Vietnam. Larry served in Army aviation on the combat flight line with helicopters of a multitude of descriptions and missions. His duties during that year in the war ranged from crew chief, door gunner, maintenance of craft, and whatever was needed to complete the mission, of which there was a dangerous variety. Larry was discharged honorably with a medical condition due to combat trauma. He served from October 23, 1967 until October 7, 1969. After discharge Larry spent his younger adult life in the desert of Arizona. During the 1970s his happiest moments were finding a new camp in the National forest where he could be left alone to glean his artist skills by roving the land in search of just the right pieces of dead wood with which to carve and assemble his exotic creations of natural wood furniture. He ran his own small business on the side, which consisted of climbing the highest palm trees in the valley of the sun and trimming the fronds – anything to get off the ground for a view. Larry continued these interests through the 1980s and added running another small business of chauffeur service for movie film crews. Larry became an avid veteran's advocate in the 1980s and volunteered for staff positions with a grass roots lobbying organization in efforts to spearhead a State of Arizona monument at the capitol in recognition of the states casualties in the Vietnam war. He saw the memorial dedicated at the capitol. He also took part in lobbying to provide national funding for all veterans cemeteries in the state – which was accomplished for posterity. Larry volunteered for staff positions during the large gathering of veterans at the annual weekend reunion retreat (staff usually worked four to five days) of Firebase Phoenix and Base camp Hidden Valley for thirteen years. In the 1990s Larry came to visit a friend in Montana and found the place of his dreams. From that moment on he would always refer to the desert area as "Ft. Stinking Desert". He found and bought his "piece of the rock" a few miles out of the lovely town of Thompson Falls. It was here he found the "Love of his life"- "His Lil' 60’s Hippie" – Fran, and married. Together, for seventeen years the two of them developed, and created a dream and home for themselves from that bare parcel of rocky mountain soil. Larry enjoyed fishing the waters of the area. He would help a friend pack out an elk, but didn't like to hunt down the "lit' critters" for himself. He especially enjoyed adventuring around all the back roads of northwest Montana with his wife or a good friend exploring new spots of beautiful scenery rendering his abstract artistic view to all endeavors.
Larry was preceded in death by his father and step-father. He is survived by his wife Fran, mother, and two brothers in Arizona, a sister in Idaho, three step-children, nine step-grandchildren, and one step –great-grandchild. He will be greatly missed by family and friends across the country.
A celebration of life with a brief circle of remembrance will be held at the Elks Lodge November 5 at 4 p.m.