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Lawrence "Larry" A. Walrath

November 22, 1929 ~ February 15, 2021 (age 91)

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Lawrence “Larry” Allen Walrath, 91, died on February 15th, 2021 in Columbus, Nebraska. He was born on November 22nd, 1929 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Gerald and Jessie (Blakesley) Walrath in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Larry grew up in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from North High School in Omaha in 1946. He joined the U.S. Air Force in January of 1952 and spent time in California and Washington states. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Upon his discharge from the service in 1954 he married Barbara Marie Hansen and they had two daughters. Barbara died in 1971 in Corpus Christi, TX. He married Lois (Martin) Selders in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1978. Larry and Lois lived in Victoria, TX for 17 years before moving to Salida in 1995.

Larry and Lois loved to travel in their motor home and did extensive traveling throughout the United States. Larry enjoyed working in his garden and working on the genealogy of his family. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Salida and held several offices there. He was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM Number 57 in Salida since 1999. Larry was an active member of the Salida United Methodist Church where he was involved with the board of trustees for some time.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years; one brother Milton (Shirley) Walrath of Loup City, NE; two daughters Brenda Ellen (Richard) Ramos and Renee Allison Walrath of Columbus, NE; stepdaughter Gayle Johnson of Salida, CO; step-grandson Lee (Chelsea) Johnson of Salida, CO; grandson Tommy (Karen) Acers of Omaha, NE; granddaughters Barbara and Melissa Acers of Columbus, NE; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; sister May Hanna; brother Harold Walrath; cousin Dorothy Runnels; and granddaughter EvaRene Acers.

A memorial service will be held at the Salida United Methodist Church at a future date. Interment of cremated remains will be at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, NE where a graveside service will be held in the future.

Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s honor to the First United Methodist Church of Salida, specifically the “Stained Glass Window Fund”, 228 E. 4th St., Salida, CO 81201.

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