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Larry Acheson

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Larry Acheson, 72, passed away peacefully at home in Paradise, California on May 10, 2006 following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He left this world surrounded by his family and friends, on a spring evening with his lavish azaleas blooming just outside of his picture window.
Larry is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years – Margie J. Acheson; by sons Everette, Larry, Jr., and John; and by daughter Debbie, who was the apple of his eye. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Gordon. He also leaves behind his mother, Ann Hofer; brother Ray Hofer; and grandchildren Joshua, Sophie, Sierra, Danielle, Shawna, Samantha, and Larry III.
Larry was born in Tacoma, Washington on March 24, 1934. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1973, retiring as a Tech Sergeant. He served in Korea from 1951 to 1953, was stationed at Colorado Springs and Beaver Lodge, Canada with the North American Air Defense Command, and served for many years at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also spent several years as a civilian with Naval Intelligence. Although he never spoke of his work, Larry's high level security clearance and artistic skills allowed him to be involved in many covert operations over the years.
After moving to California in 1972, Larry earned a degree in landscape design, and launched a hugely successful commercial art business – Acheson Signs. Larry's tasteful designs, signs, and logos may be seen throughout Northern California, the Tahoe area, and even in Germany and Czechoslovakia. He continued to spend time at his easel, until just days before his passing. A gifted artist, his home is adorned with a broad range of his skillful work in diverse mediums and styles.
Larry was known for his wonderful sense of humor and joy for life. He wanted people to think he was cantankerous, but most folks could see right through that. He and Margie spent many beautiful days in their houseboat at Lime Saddle Marina on Lake Oroville, where their many friends loved to visit them and enjoy his world-famous Bloody Marys. He was also well-known for his Thanksgiving turkeys, his blueberry pancakes at Christmas, his love for dancing and music, and his exquisite garden. There was no one in the world quite like him. He will be deeply missed by many, but he led a full and rich life.
Plans are being made for a private memorial service, to be held at a later date. Services under the direction of Rose Chapel Mortuary.
Published in Paradise Post from May 18 to May 20, 2006
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