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Larry Gene Highfill 1942 - 2014

Larry Gene Highfill

Sunday, April 20, 2014
I flew with Larry in Southeast Asia back in 1971-72. I was a relatively new guy and Larry was a very calm, cool, and collected flight lead, so it was a pleasure to fly on his wing. Our country has lost another hero, and Betty and I wish to extend our deepest condolences.
George "Throck" Throckmorton
Friday, April 18, 2014
Larry was our neighbor and was the first playmate of my brother and I. We spent many times meeting halfway on that old sand hill road. He was a leader in our class from 1-12, and accomplished so much. He was fun to count as a friend as his dry sense of humor and that sly smile always got you. Go in peace Larry and know that the class of 1960 will always have a special place in our hearts for you. I won't say goodbye just LATER! Kelsey and girls you are in our thoughts.
Pat and Gene Castell
Friday, April 18, 2014
Loved the "dry wit" description in Larry's obituary because that captured a quality we who were high school friends also cherished. I can still see him delivering a clever bon mot, glancing sidewise, and finally grinning a "Gotcha." He was a treasure all of us admired, a courageous airman, and obviously a wonderful family man. He will be missed and lovingly remembered.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
In thinking about Larry so much this past week, the thing that keeps surfacing is his wide variety of interests. Growing up, he was like another little brother in our home. He was one of the best friends of our brother Jim and they, together, planned big things. I knew he loved hunting and fishing and camping out . Quiet and observant, he loved animals and books. But I didn't know until later that he had such a deep mind that explored realms of mathematics and science that many of us know little about. I knew he wanted to fly and serve in the air force. He was a good photographer, a wicked games player. He had a dry wit and was so kind to my children. The lives of his children, his grandchildren and his entire family were enriched by his love, his curiosity and his wisdom. He was a good man who wasn't compelled to change other people's beliefs or control their thinking. In this way, he let people be and become themselves. Through this process he had a long, good marriage with my sister, Kelsey, and together they raised three brilliant children, Kelly, Lori and Steven, and ultimately their children, to have the same exploring minds. But one particular thing that set him apart in my eyes and the eyes of his mother-in-law Marie, was that he was always willing to stop along the road and visit the mysteries, no matter how much time it took.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Thinking of ya.
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