Larry Bickle (1935 - 2008)

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Larry Bickle, formerly of Lincoln, passed away at his home in Riverdale, Utah, on Sunday, July 20, 2008, after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

Larry was born on June 5, 1935, in Billings. His early years were spent in the Roundup area, working on the family ranch. He graduated from Roundup High School in 1953.

Larry married Kay Smith in October 1955. The couple lived in Montana for a time and then moved to California where he continued his career as a semi-truck driver. Larry retired from the Teamsters Union in 1997 and moved to Lincoln. Due to his illness, he sold his home in Lincoln several years ago and moved to Utah to be closer to his children and other members of his family.

Larry is survived by his wife, Kay; his mother, Margaret Bickle of Bozeman; children Luana and Jeff, step-children Danny and Amy, all of Utah, and son Greg of Colorado; his sister, Maida Paris and her husband, Jim of Lincoln; and a brother, Kerry Bickle and his wife, Barbara of Bozeman. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, William Bickle in 1996.

Larry was an avid marksman, hunter and fisherman and had a great love for the outdoors. Even though he spent a large part of his life in California and Colorado, he always was a Montanan at heart and, at the end of his life, decided he wanted to come home. Honoring his wishes, a graveside service will be held at Lincoln Cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Following the service, a reception in Larry's honor will be held at the home of Maida and Jim Paris, Spring Creek RV Park, Lincoln.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 24, 2008
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