Orofino, ID —Larry Edward Paske, 67, with his wife at his side, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at his home in Orofino, ID, after battling brain cancer.
Larry was born in Baraboo, WI, on Dec. 12, 1949. He spent his younger years working on the family farm, playing tuba in the high school marching band, and starting his lifelong love of woodworking.
After high school he joined the USAF. There, he made his career, retiring in 2002 at the rank of CMSgt. During his career he was stationed at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT, then switched to Air National Guard and was with the 120th at Gore Hill, Great Falls, MT.
He then moved to the Washington ANG at Boeing Field and Camp Murray. His final duty station was at Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., before retiring to the Orofino area.
In retirement, Larry still continued to serve. He volunteered with the NWTF, VFW, and as treasurer for his local volunteer fire department.
He loved anything outdoors, especially fishing. We think he had gills! On occasion, you might even find one of his sons or grandkids behind the boat, but it was probably a trick, they were just bait for bigger fish!
Seriously, though, wherever he was, you always found him with his best friend and wife, Julie. No matter what they were doing, they loved being together.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Julie Chenoweth; his four children, Scott (Caren) Paske, Mark Paske, Traci (Jeff) Taylor, and Tod (Lisa) Paske; five grandchildren; four siblings; Al (Jan) Paske, Sharon (Gardner) Orsted, Fay (Jim) Neumaier, and Margie (John) Wilson; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his son, Adam Paske, and his parents, Leo and Lorna Weiglow.
In lieu of flowers, donations for Orofino VFW Post 3296 are being taken by LCCU under the name of Larry E. Paske Donations. LCCU can be reached at (208) 476-5112.
Per Larry's request, there will be no services.
Our family would like to thank all of Larry's wonderful friends that have helped him, and us, through all of this. Thank you very much!
Published by Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 8, 2017.