Larry Kolste

Larry Kolste

Belt —Larry George Kolste passed away in Post Falls, ID after an extended illness Sunday November 3, 2013 at the age of 74. His funeral will be held Saturday November 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (4601 3rd Ave. S). The viewing will begin at 10:00 followed by the funeral at 11:00. His burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Fairfield next to his parents and brothers Eddie and Nolan, who preceded him in death.

Larry leaves behind his wife Sheila of Belt, MT; nine children Pam (Nathan) Wendt of Pinehurst, ID, Chris (Janet) Kolste of Garland, UT, Marcy (Dave) Candland of Carnation WA, Rory (Kathy) Kolste of Moses Lake, WA, Melanie (Mark) Herndon of Clallam Bay, WA, Britney (Jeff) Nygren of Farmington, NM, Darrick (Ariel) Kolste of Belt, MT, Matthew (Miriam) Kolste of Leamington, UT, and Michael (Tiffany) Kolste of Richfield, UT; 37 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Roger (Carol) Kolste of Glendale, AZ, Marshall (Jeannie) Kolste of Highwood, MT, and Bruce (Sabra) Kolste of Pleasant Grove, UT.

Larry was born April 19, 1939 to Chris and "Bird" Kolste. He was raised on the family farm in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1957. He was a graduate of Brigham Young University. He taught school for 25 years including Peerless, Centerville, Anaconda, Augusta, Browning and Highwood. He coached basketball, track and football. He continued subbing in the Great Falls area for many years after he retired as a teacher. He spent his summers farming, spraying weeds and working for the fish and game department. He loved every job he had.

Larry was tall dark and handsome with piercing blue eyes. It has been said by many that he was one of the strongest people they knew. He was a good athlete and loved dancing. Despite his good looks and many talents, he was unaware of the affect he had on the young ladies.

Larry loved the outdoors: farming, gardening, picking berries, hunting and especially fishing. He loved baking and was known for his doughnuts, pies, Christmas treats, pancakes and chokecherry syrup. He had a big heart and is most notably known for his sense of humor and being a big tease.

He was an active member of the LDS church and served in many capacities including scoutmaster, helping several boys become Eagle Scouts including his own 5 sons.

Most of all, Larry loved his family. He married Sheila Nielsen on July 10, 1963 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a loyal husband, trusted father, proud grandfather and a friend to anyone he met.

We look forward to fishing and dancing with him again!

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 6, 2013