Larry Allen Custer Sr.
December 8, 1939 - May 27, 2013
Larry Allen Custer, age 73, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord at 3:24 PM May 27th with family and friends in his home in Vinning, Minnesota.
He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Larry was born in Modesto, California to Raymond and Bessie Custer. Larry was raised on several dairy farms in the Modesto and Stevinson area. All through his life he was close to his sister, Betty, and brother, Russ; "The Three Musketeers" as they were called. They had many wonderful and colorful adventures while growing up on the family farms.
In High School, Larry excelled in sports, especially football, earning his Block H in his sophomore year. A brick to honor his accomplishments was donated to the Hilmar Hi baseball field. During his high school days, friendships were made that remained till his passing. After graduating in 1958 he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Radioman for four years. He flew the Early Warning Radar Barrier, between Japan and Alaska, which he thought was pretty neat. After the service, Larry worked in the dairy business and auto mechanics until he found his place with the C.H.P. where he served for 20 years.
After retiring he moved to Minnesota, where he purchased a 50 acre farm in rural Vinning. After a few years of hard work the farm looked like a picture post card with new and remodeled buildings, beautiful remodeled home, manicured fields, and nice fencing. His front yard with its large trees, vast lawn, and beautiful flowers resembled a park. This showed off is absolute dedicated work ethic.
Larry had a colorful and spirited personality with a heart as soft as a marshmallow. If a movie was to be made of him, Robert Duvall would portray him perfectly. He enjoyed traveling throughout the USA, pulling his fifth wheel trailer or by car. Some of his fondest memories was traveling through Iowa & Nebraska with Larry Jr. retracing his family roots and attending the Indianapolis 500 race. He and his brother, Russ, planned to take their RVs and travel to Canada and Alaska via the Alcan Highway.
Despite his love for tending the farm and traveling, his real hobby was making guns. He enjoyed going to gun shows to buy parts to modify rifles. He also made many custom firearms. He had extensive reloading equipment and was licensed to buy and sell firearms. This last year he spent the majority of his time shooting clay pigeons, hunting and trapping on his property.
Larry is preceded in passing by his parents, Raymond and Bessie Custer, and brother Don Custer
He is survived by his wife, Linda Custer, children Carrie , Larry Jr. Myleen and Tresia as well as his brothers: Ray, Russ, and Jim; and sisters: Lois, Dorothy, Mary, Gladys, and Betty
Published in the Modesto Bee from June 29 to June 30, 2013