American Veteran 03

Larry Alan Parker

December 27, 1947 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Larry Parker Obituary

Larry Alan Parker was born on December 27, 1947 in Beach, North Dakota, on the border of eastern Montana, where his mom and dad's farm was. He had 3 older brothers. While on the farm he claimed rattlesnakes were his pets. At about 5 years old his parents sold the fame and moved to Missoula, Montana, After much searching they bought a ranch in the Frenchtown Valley neat Huson, Montana, up The 6 Mile Creek. He loved fishing The 6 Mile Creek on their property and riding bareback on old Ludie, his hand me down horse - all his brothers ad ridden Ludie, a Morgan before graduating to other horses. 

Larry attended Frenchtown grade and high schools, graduating in 1966. He claimed he was one of the top 9 students in his class. There were only 9 graduates. After high school he attended College of Great Falls, a Catholic College at the time. After transferring to the University of Montana, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharges as a Specialist. Larry met the love of his life, while working in Pocatello, Idaho. She was Florence Humphery. It took her quite some time to persuade, but after they me there were married in Anchorage, Alaska; where he had traveled to work.

They were married on July 9, 1984. Vance Madsen came in the package. Larry loved the boy and became dad. They decided to open a furniture store in Thayne, Wyoming and moved to Star Valley Ranch. The furniture store flourished for almost 30 years, until Flo and Larry retired.  During his time in Star Valley, Larry was a Volunteer Fireman. Larry loved helping with the Little Britches Rodeo and announcing the events. He also helped teach safe gun handling practice for future hunters. Larry's favorite hobbies were fishing with his brother-in-laws John Humphreys and Bob Sanderson. He also did a lot of ice fishing. He finally came to the conclusion it wasn't that much fun as it was when he was younger. Hunting wit good friend from the Fire Department. Playing horse shoes and cards at hunting camp was some of his best times, until the hunting was ruined by rain.  He loved his borrowed family, the Humphreys, especially his nieces and nephews that seemed to appear all the time with a regularity through the years. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Les and Gwen, his brothers Ed and Jim. He is survived by his brother Jon with nieces and nephews; the nieces and nephews of Jim and Jon, his wife Florence, son Vance, and grandson Parker Madsen. Larry will be greatly missed. 

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Funeral Service
October 21, 2023

10:00 AM
Schwab Funeral Chapel - Thayne
211 Jepperson
Thayne, WY 83127


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