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February 10, 2014
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,
January 07, 2014
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.....
January 04, 2014
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
January 04, 2014
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
April 21, 2013
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!!!!!!!!
April 19, 2013
I miss you grandpa i love you
April 19, 2013
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
February 15, 2013
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!!!
February 14, 2013
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,


Scott Caufield
January 15, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss, Kenny. Thinking of you and Shell and your entire family. Love to you all.

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