We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.
Tony, Mariana and Elizabeth,
Its been a year already and I cant say its getting any easier. Although I think about you and miss you everyday I am doing pretty good. I have my moments when I just breakdown and cry. I miss your jolly laugh and beautiful smile! I miss your big bear hugs and your tender touch. I love you daddy and I miss you more then words can say. All your kids and grandkids do.
Our wonderful memories are what keep us going!!!!!
Your baby girl forever.....
As the year comes to an end we look back on not just the blessings God has given us but what he has shown us as well. He has placed some really special people in our lives and in our hearts and I love how consistent He is with reminding us of those people, like my Grandpa. Even though the pictures of the two of us together are hard to find, the memories of him are not. Not only are the memories in my head but his spirit is brought to life everyday through people like my daddy. Every time I look at him, I see what an amazing father my Grandpa has been. How else would my dad have learned how to love without someone like my Grandpa in his life. This past year has been one to reflect on the times we've shared with him. In everything we do, everywhere we go, there will always be something or someone who will remind me of my Grandpa. May we find strength and mercy during those times of struggle through our Lord and Savior. I love you Grandpa and I always will! Forever and ever! ~Your baby
I love you Daddy
It's been a year now and there are things that either happen or I see some days that will just make me tear up thinking about you. I guess this day is one of them.
I love you Daddy
I miss you Daddy
I love you grandpa me and my daddy miss you i am glad you are in a better place and not in pain anymore i wish you were sitting right next to me watching NASCAR and you drinking hamms i miss those days when i was over we would sit in your big chair and watch movies or tv and we would do puzzles and color and now we cant do that until we meet back up in heaven i remember me crashing into the apple tree in the back yard and you came over and kept asking if i was ok and i said i am ok remember i am your little girl i am going to be as strong as you and daddy you are my super hero and that will never change and to this day daddy and grandpa are still my superheroes and that will never change and i know that for a fact i love you so so so much and daddy said that i will grow up to be just like you and him if you were here right now than i would tell you how much i love you and that dont want you to leave my side ever ever again and i mean it I LOVE YOU GRANDPA AND DONT YOU FORGET IT!!!!!!!!
I miss you grandpa i love you
I am Larry's grandoughter and i really miss him it has been really hard on me and on all my other cousins my two littlest cousins don't really understand because they are only two and a half i miss him so much but i know that he is watching out for all of us and he loves us very very much and i hope that everyone knows that my grandpa is a good man this was really to soon for all of us me and my dad listen to thats my job by conway twitty all the time and we always end up crying recently me and my dad have been having alot of dreams about him and one day he came in the house i was curled up in his coat and looking at his picture listening to thats my job just crying my eyes out and my dad sat down right next to me and he told me that no matter what grandpa loves us all and always will and i ended up making him cry i love you guys and i miss you grandpa love Cheyenne Ness
A special thank you to all the friends and family that posted comments on my fathers guest book. Reading all the wonderful things about my daddy, truly helps the healing process. No one is ever ready to say goodbye to a loved one and specially a parent. My daddy was an incredible man! His memories will live on forever!!!
Dear Ness family,
I wanted to let you know how saddened I was to hear of Larry's passing on January 4. Larry was very dear to me, for many reasons. During the years he was with Clackamas County, Larry proved himself to be very dependable worker and a model employee. He was considerate of others (the public and coworkers alike) and was always concerned that our customers should be treated with respect. He was always helpful to them and he took great pride in his work. He also held building safety at a very high level and worked to make Clackamas County a safer place.
Of course, I suspect most of you know those things already. Larry's work ethic was very reflective of whom he was as a person; humble, honest, reverent – a good Christian man who did his best for others. But some of you might not be aware of an incident that happened several years ago. The incident was life changing for me and my family. You see, were it not for Larry's quick thinking and quick actions, I might not be writing this story for you today.
It is very rare for me to do field work anymore, but on May 21, 2009, Larry and I had occasion to inspect a summer ski camp that had had major building safety problems the year before. Prior to its opening for the summer season on Memorial Day, Larry and I decided it would be best to go up and see for ourselves that all of the major repairs had been resolved. We coordinated a site visit with the State Fire Marshal, the camp owner, and the architects who were hired to resolve the issues.
While performing that inspection with Larry up at Mt. Hood, I began to feel badly. At first, it was not anything really noticeable but soon I began to have pain in my left arm, then my shoulder and then eventually my chest. I was winded, sweating, and very rapidly felt sicker and sicker. By the time our meeting ended, I was too sick to drive back and so I asked Larry if he could. Within moments of leaving the site, I suffered a major heart attack. I had never been sick before, and rarely even got colds, so for this to happen out of the blue – and at age 47 – was very much a surprise.
I was not sure that I would stay conscious, so I described my symptoms to Larry in case I couldn't talk for myself. When I described what was happening Larry asked me – are you having a heart attack? Of course, he immediately recognized the symptoms and his quick thinking saved my life. He immediately drove me to the Hoodland Fire Station where I was able to get paramedic help and was later life-flighted to Portland.
So many things had to happen – had to be exactly right – for me to be here today. I often wonder even today what God has planned for me. Here are just a few:
• Originally, I was supposed to drive up alone and meet Larry at the site, but an unusual set of circumstances caused Larry to be in the office that day so we drove up together. Had I been alone in the car when my heart attack occurred, it is likely that I would not have been able to get to Hoodland Fire.
• That fire station does not always have paramedics there, yet at that precise time, the entire company was on hand performing drills and were able to provide immediate care for me
• A paramedic who had had special training only a week before to recognize the very thing my heart was doing, immediately recognized it as life-threatening and made the decision to call for a helicopter instead of an ambulance. Doing so saved my life.
• Portland Adventist's new heart wing had opened only 2 days earlier, had a helipad available, as well as a team of doctors who happened to be standing at the ready to treat my condition. I later learned they were supposed to have already been gone for the day, but a prior emergency caused them to stay later than planned.
And so it goes. As I said, why is it that all of these happened for me to be here? I am not sure, but I do know that is was fate that Larry and I ended up together on that day. To this day, I am so grateful to him for his actions.
One thing makes me laugh, though, even today. At one point, while curled up in a sweaty ball in the passenger seat of his truck as he raced toward Hoodland, I looked over at the speedometer and noticed that he was driving down Highway 26 at 105 miles per hour and this thought occurred to me: Today, I will either die of a heart attack or in a fiery car crash, but either way, I am a goner! Lesson learned – never ask a NASCAR fan to get you somewhere fast! It didn't dawn on me until much later that the trip was perhaps Larry's NASCAR moment! I kidded him about it from time to time.
My wife Cindy and I were there at Larry's service on January 12 and I had hoped to share this story with you at that time. Of course, there was no opportunity to do that so I thought I would share it with you now and I do hope you will forgive its length. As I said, Larry was very special to me; humble and kind, willing to do whatever he could to help others. And, I say again that I am so grateful to him for the opportunity to share this story with you today. Please know that Cindy and I share your pain, but we also know that where he is he is once again whole; the robust man with the gregarious laugh that we all loved. We will miss him.
Very truly yours,
I am so sorry for your loss, Kenny. Thinking of you and Shell and your entire family. Love to you all.
Larry Ness Family
I just found something out from my son Steve Swanson that is 53 years old and I wanted to pass it on to you.
When Steve was a young boy, Larry helped me when Steve was riding down Otty Hill Rd on his bicycle and fell off the bike which was a real blessing to me and to Steve - perhaps from that encounter came the testimony that I just heard about a week ago from Steve.
He told me that Larry and he had lots of times together and Larry was always encouraging him to hang in there in the Little league games that he was playing.
There was a kid who was pitching in some of the games and Steve was telling him how he was scared of him and he pitched real fast, etc. Larry told him not to be afraid of him and he came to one of the games that Steve was playing in and saw the kid pitching for his team and he told Steve:
'Don't' be afraid of him - He's duck soup! " This made a big impression on Steve and he told me that he was one that helped him a lot through his encouragement and has never forgot their talks together.
I was thrilled to hear this and thought it would be a blessing to all of you also.
Thank you Larry for raising up such a wonderful son who I dearly call my husband. He has so many wonderful actributes that you passed down in him. I know that because you were devoted to your family I now have a husband that is devoted too. You modeled that for Kenny and I will be forever thankful. We will miss your contagious laughter and beautiful smile. I know you will still be looking out for your family from Heaven and waiting anxiously for us all to join you one day in the presence of our Lord Jesus.
You are loved!
Larry was the nicest, happiest guy with the biggest smile ever. He was awesome to talk with, especially about hunting. He recently helped us with some advice on our new church roof and saved us a lot of trouble. I knew I had to talk to Larry and he didn't let me down.
I am still telling people of how blown away I was in High School when I looked up and saw his name on a plaque for a track record he held in 1965 or 1966. I'll bet his name is still up in the new Clackamas High School.
Another time I was channel surfing and there was Larry on TV as the county building inspector. He was everywhere and loved by everyone.
Larry what an incredible life and family you had. You will be sorely missed. Please say hi to your dad for me.
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this extremly difficult time. May they find peace in knowing you are with our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
I promise to you while she grows into a women that I will not let your memory fade, I will make sure to remind her of the memories you to made.
I promise to tell her of the beautiful roses you love to grow and how you would always send a bouquet home with her to show.
I promise to tell her of the garden you use to grow with strawberries so sweet because you knew it was her favorite treat.
I promise that when she's sad you are gone because that she will hate, that her papa will one day meet her at heavens gate.
I worked with Irene for many years in the US Attorney's Office and was saddened to hear of Larry's passing. My heartfelt condolences to Irene and her family for their loss.
Irene and Family,
So sorry to hear about Larry's passing. My best regards to you and all those who knew him. Aunt Beni will keep him company now along with Mother and Earl. Uncle Dean.
Going through all the family pictures there are many that I don't remember some with family and some with friends. It is fun to see many of pictures of you as a young STUD that I have never seen before and I know it's you because of your perfect smile. I followed your path becoming a father young and very proud always providing for my family as you did. I don't ever remember a time you could not make time for us, never missing an opportunity to pick us up for the weekend or a vacation. Thank you for many memory's of camping at the beach, hunting, and don't forget the trip to Mt hood to chop firewood. I will miss you untell we have a great family reunion in heaven.
I LOVE YOU DADDY
Larry worked harder at having fun than most do at their job. One example: We joined Larry & Irene family at the beach - Day started digging razor clams, then fishing for Perch, then crabbing, then rake rocky island beach for steamers etc., then, checking on crab pots. By the end of day I was exhausted; Larry and Irene cooked a great seafood dinner at camp.
Gonna miss you Larry.
Save some Elk for everybody up there. Get the camp fire ready. We'll look for the light you leave for us. No worries. Keep Grandma Ballmes company.
Mike & Pia Ballmes, Rainier WA
What can you say when you lose such a strong and determined man that was very loved by many? Larry touched so many lives, and we are all so lucky to have been a part in his journey through life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as we move forward without him.
“Farewell until we meet again”.
Aunt Anna Mae and family
Irene and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Larry's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your many fond memories comfort you at this time.
Although Larry was never technically my Uncle, to me he was and always will be Uncle Larry. He accepted me into his family like anyone else born or married into it; with an open heart and a great sense of humor. I think it was the first or second time I saw Uncle Larry… he already had a nickname picked out for me; Bondo. After that, I knew I was in.
Two of the best memories I have were his cooking with Hamm's and of course his laugh that you could pick out of a room of a thousand laughs. I don't think you could not smile after hearing a laugh like that.
Thanks for being my Uncle. You will be missed.
As we reflect on my Daddy's life. Let us remember that his beautiful smile could LIGHT up any room and every heart!!! I think he gave me his smile!!! Thank you daddy I love you so much.
Irene, the U.S. Attorney family joins in bringing you and your entire family our heart felt support and sorrow over Larry's loss. The "Old Timers."
Since I was very little every time I visited uncle Larry, he always stuffed my pockets with candy.
I love you and I will miss you.
Sorry for the loss of your husband, brother and son. Our prayers are with you at this time. Dick & Linda Klesick and Family
When asked in 3 words how would I discribe Larry? I came up with "One." One simple word seems to cover it all devotee: meaning one wholly devoted. Whether he was running the 100 meter State Championship, fixing a broken down car, or picking Kim and Ken up every other weekend he was devoted. As he turned down the long street in his FORD pickup the kids always knew he was near. As so many kids wait for their father whom never shows up. He was always THERE! If events rendered him from picking them up he would double up the following week. He did not want to miss out on an opportunity to be with his baby's. This is devotion. More recently I watched his kids preparing to go hunting with their Daddy, knowing this would be their last. Always devoted as he was, this is a lasting memory for his kids. Good Job Larry your kids know that you are resting peacefully.
I Thank You!
My dearest and only brother,
People you care about most in life are taken away from you much too soon. You where my best friend, and we could do anything or nothing and have the best time.
We did so much together, too much to mention and too much to remember without you.
Larry, we will miss you so much and you always live in our hearts and prayers. Tony and Mariana.
My sincerest sympathy at this time for the family and friends. May you find comfort in knowing God has our loved ones in his memory.
I worked with Irene and knew a lot of the family. Sure was saddened to hear of Larry's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Carol
Irene, Carol Scheffel (my sister) just called me. So sorry to hear about Larry. My prayers are with you and yourfamily. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
I worked with Larry's wife, Irene, at the U.S. Attorney's Office many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with Irene and her family at this difficult time. Love, Jeannie Berg
I just learned today of this great loss. To my good friend, Irene, I am thinking of you and send you my very best wishes and condolences. Diane in Lincoln City
sorry for your loss.I am an old neighbor and member of st.joes.Janice vermeer ( tony vermeers mom)
Larry, you are now in a better place, no more pain and suffering. We will miss you so much. My condolences to your wife and family and all brothers, sisters and friends in Portland Area, God Bless.
The Ness family was a large part of my life years ago. I fondly reflect on those times and appreciate the support and direction they provided. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Hold the memories close, but be confident he is at peace.
My greatest memory will allways be the camping and hunting trips to Fossil Oregon. Still to this day when im there hunting you can always come acorss a HAMS beer can or 2 marking one of Larry's many stands.
To breifly touch on my sisters comment of "cooking with Hams". Larry and I were on our way to elk camp one year when we passed a bunch of turkeys on the side of the road and shot a few for dinner that night. ( yes i got out of the truck) That night Larry whipped up some turkey breast breaded in Pancake batter. Key ingredient being HAMs no water in the pancake batter. Thank god for Ketchup.
Love ya Ole Man. RIP
I didn't grow up hunting, but the Ness men helped introduce me to it, and Larry helped make it great.
I always remember you calling me "Tor Tor". You will be missed, Grandpa. I love you.
Just a few memories I hold dear...
* Uncle Larry cooking with Hamm's during hunting/camping trips - not exactly the best food I've ever had but I'll never forget it!
* Uncle Larry's whiskers - when I was little he would pick me up and scratch his whiskers all over my face and I would squeal like crazy, partly from fun and partly 'cause those things were really prickly!
* Uncle Larry adding Ol' to everyone's name when telling a story - Ol' Scotty did... Ol' Tone said...
And the memory I cherish the most and will never forget...
* Uncle Larry's husky, raspy laugh. How can you not smile when thinking about that laugh?
Uncle Larry will always have a special place in my heart and I will miss him dearly.
I love you Uncle Larry!!!
I lost my brother, my best friend, so I know what the family is going through. My prayers are with you all. Marilyn, all of us at Winco love you.
Larry and I went to college together, fishing and hunting together.
The quote, "get 'er done" my friend Larry started that saying long before it became popular. He is a man, man. I visited with him a few days before he passed. Larry told me he was going to take my mom fishing when he gets there. My mom love to fish with Larry.
When his sons called to tell me he had passed, I was on my way home from work. I called my wife to tell her. Put the phone in the seat next to me a few minutes later and the phone rings with Larry's personal cell number. It rang awhile then Brent answered. We talked awhile. My phone called Larry's phone by it self. I think Larry was trying to tell me it was ok now. Larry is fishing with my mom now. I love you Larry. I was lucky to have your friendship. gpl
You will always be in my heart! I love you! I pray you are with Dad!
You will be missed and the sad thing is that the younger generations will have missed all the great stories. We will strive to hand those down and the great love you showed. Your big sis will love you always.....
I am so sorry that you were in pain this last year. I wish there was something I could have done to help you. Rest well and give our father a kiss. I love you, Anna
I will always remember Larry's sense of humor and his beautiful smile. I loved going over to the Ness family home before Larry and Irene were married and Kim and Kenny were little and just enjoying all the fun with all the cousins and brothers and sisters. What a wonderful man and father he was. He will live on in everyone's heart. With Love, Rhonda Wirth Pilkington
Nothing can replace the love between a father and a daughter!!! Daddy you were always my superman!!! I love you so much, you will be in my heart forever and I will cherish all our memories. Goodbye for now Daddy, I will see you in heaven!!!!!