Larry Pat Schaal was the third child and first-born son of Lawrence and Evelyn Schaal, born on March 17, 1956.
He was raised in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1974.
After a brief time in California he returned to Burlington and married Annette Marie Turner on Aug. 26, 1978.
While working in agriculture in Wray, two wonderful children were born, Tom on Nov. 6, 1981, and Patricia on Sept. 11, 1983.
From Wray, they moved to Stratton, and then to Sharon Springs, Kan., where Larry managed a large ranch.
In 1997 Larry felt like he wanted and maybe even needed to make a career change and enrolled in the drafting program at the votech school in Goodland, Kan.
He graduated in 1998 and shortly thereafter moved to Aurora and began his new career at DMJM HARRIS/AECOM, and had been there ever since, going on 14 years.
Larry 's responsibility as the Civil Engineering CADD Manager allowed him to travel and work on many different projects. He absolutely loved his career and excelled at it.
A constant in Larry's life was his love of the outdoors, hunting (he has been known to shoot squirrels with a bow and arrow or pellet gun in the city limits of Aurora), fishing and camping.
He has passed this love to not only his immediate family, but now to his grandchildren.
Patricia's children – Roy age 6 and Phoenix age 4 – were such a bright spot in Larry's life. Both had him wrapped around their finger and he knew it and loved it.
Larry went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 31, 2013.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Aurora Reservoir.
Larry is survived by his wife Annette; daughter Patricia; grandchildren Roy and Phoenix; mother Evelyn Harris of Burlington; sisters Dixie (Paul) Martinez, Burlington and Dana (Sid) Hettich, Quitman, Texas; brother Lynn (Dorette) Schaal, Twin Falls, Idaho; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Schaal, and his son, Thomas Lee Schaal.