Larry Smith, 76, of Bozeman passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 after a short, brave fight with cancer. He died peacefully at home with his family at his side.
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Larry was born Jan. 20, 1937, in Gallatin Gateway to Daisy and Ed Smith. Larry attended various schools in Bozeman, Belgrade, and Little Bear in Gateway. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 when he was honorably discharged. He returned home to Bozeman where he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad as a lineman. He also worked for Haggerty Messmer Construction and as an engineering aide for the Montana Highway Department. From 1963 to 1970 he was employed as a field foreman for Pioneer Ready Mix. From 1970 until his retirement in 1989 he worked for the City of Bozeman as a police officer. He obtained the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in 1982. After retiring from the police department, he worked managing both the Gallatin Manor and the Legion Villa until his recent health problems.
He belonged to the American Legion Post #14 and the BPOE Elks Club. He loved camping, playing cards, dancing, boating (pulling the kids on the tubes and waterskiing) and spending time with his family and friends.
Larry was married to Patrica Ann Homberg, his sweetheart, for 55 years. They raised three children, Terri, Steve (Della) and David. He loved little children and God gave him many which included four grandchildren, Lacey (Jim Simon), Charles Randall (Jaime), Chad Smith (Lauren), Cole Smith, and great-grandchildren, Hunter Simon, Taylor Simon, and Madilyn Smith Simon (who called him her best friend), Cody, and J..J. He was known as Uncle Larry to many more. His "puppy," Sky, was almost his youngest child. Larry was the first one to stretch out his hand and make a stranger feel welcome. He was a kind and generous man. He was known for his fairness, compassion, friendship, his love of babies, puppies, and family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Daisy Smith; his son, David; his sisters, Lila Anderson, Wilma Schmitz (George), Rose Smith (Roger), and Shirley Torres; sisters-in-law, Pat Smith (George), and Patti L. Smith (Bill); brother, Bill Smith (Patti) and brother-in-law, George Schmitz (Wilma).
His surviving siblings are Ed Smith, George Smith, Joe Smith (Hazel), Chuck Smith, and Ted Lawrence (Janey), and numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to offer special thanks to his niece, Lisa, and nephew, Larry Walker, for all their kind and loving attention and to his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Delores and Willis McCready, for always being there and for taking care of so many things that he couldn't, including his dog, Sky. Thank you to all the people who offered their time, and labor, and support to us during this difficult period, and to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, and Hospice of SW Montana.
I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday, and the days before that, too. I think of you in silence, and often speak your name. All I have are memories, and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part, God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715 or hospice memorials to the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715 (please indicate ""Hospice of SW Montana"" in the memo line).
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013