Lawrence Harland Stiff, a native of Bozeman, passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2009, in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Larry was born April 23, 1935, in Bozeman to Harland and Erline Stiff.
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Larry was a 1954 graduate of Gallatin County High School where he participated in football, basketball, track and American Legion baseball. He excelled in football and played in the 1954 East-West Shrine All Star Game.
He was a Korean War veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army.
Upon discharge he held numerous jobs in construction and as a police officer with the Bozeman Police Department. He loved people and his greatest gift was salesmanship, which took him to California, Calgary, Alberta, and Colorado Springs, Colo.
Larry married Rosemary Adams of Calgary in Bozeman on Nov. 4, 1957. They lived for 20 years in Colorado Springs and were owners of Centurion Stone of Colorado from 1994 to 2002, when they sold out to their son, Doug, and retired to Penticton, British Columbia.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie; four children, Jim (Char), Connie (John), Doug (Denise), and Nancy (Bret); 17 grandchildren; two sisters, Bernette Casey (Loran) of Sidney, and Janelle Barnett (Joe) of Belgrade.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harland and Erline; his brother, Al (Vivian); sister, Leota and her husband, Bill Pritchett; and brother-in-law, Loran Casey.
He was an active member of the Free Presbyterian Church in Penticton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
Condolences may be sent to Rosemary Stiff, 3140 Wilson St. No. 911, Penticton, B.C. V2A 7K4 Canada.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 15, 2009