Laurence VanTries

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Laurence Robert Van Tries, (Larry), resident of Seabrook for 34 years, passed away Thursday morning, August 14, 2014, in his home. He ws born to Nina Cleveland and Guy Van Tries on November 16, 1931, in Chester, Iowa and lived the first 47 years of his life in LeRoy and Minneapolis, MN. He was a star member of the undefeated LeRoy High School Football Team.

He was a First Class Airman and Flight Engineer in the US Air Force, and served in Japan and South Korea during the Korean War. After leaving the Air Force he was Chief Mechanic and Electrician for Flying Tiger Airlines, a freight line started by two of Claire Chenault's original Flying Tigers, with 3 surplus aircraft from WW2. He worked at locations in the South Pacific and San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1954 until 1964.. He then opened his own radiator shop in Minneapolis. Like most Minnesota men, he drove a truck during the "off season". With his brother, Don, he started a small truck line delivering oilfield equipment and in 1982 decided to 'move to a warmer climate'. He had delivered a load of computers to the Kemah School system and chose to move to Seabrook. He retired from Stiles Truck Line in 1996.

In 1990 he married Ann Openshaw Van Tries. He was a member of the Seabrook Parks Board, the Seabrook Eco-tourism Board and a candidate for City Council and for Mayor of Seabrook. He was a member of the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Dept. and a volunteer worker for The Turning Point and the St. Vincent de Paul Organization. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's Catholic Church in La Porte.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, brothers Rick and wife Judy, of The Colony, TX; Harry of Ostrander Mn. Don and wife Dorothy, Spring Valley, MN. Sisters Lucille of Le Roy, Mn, Marjorie Teare of Waterloo, Ia. and Janet of Spring Valley, Mn. 7 Step-children and a number of nieces and nephews.

No memorial service is planned. Larry left his body to science in the hope that research on Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma would benefit society as a whole.


Published on yourbayareanews.com from Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, 2014
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