Lawrence Curtis Reichelt
Larry Curtis Reichelt died July 4 in Missoula, MT. He was born and raised in Big Sandy where his parents, George and Annie Reichelt, farmed. They raised 5 children: Georgianna, deceased; Dennis, deceased; Donna, deceased; Larry; and Gary of Hayden, ID.
Larry served 4 years in the US Navy on board the USS Los Angeles, plus served 12 years in the Naval Reserve. While in the navy, Larry met and married Evelyn Newton, his wife of 26 years, before her death in 1985 at the age of 44. They had 4 children: Debbie Anne Young of MD; Bronwyn Degn of CA; Stephan Reichelt of Missoula; and Greg Reichelt who preceded him in death in 2008. Their home was in California before he moved to Missoula. He worked as an insurance adjustor, met, and married Mary Wells. They were together 15 years.
Larry grew up with a love for country music and had formed country bands in the Seattle and Missoula areas. He opened for Charlie Pride in 2013 in Livingston, MT. In later years he added writing and recording to his music career. Two of his favorite songs he wrote about his home state of Montana: "Montana on My Mind" and "The Last Best Place".