Lawrence R. "Larry" Weiner, 85, of North Loup, NE, died Thurs., June 6, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Omaha, with his family at his side.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Mon., June 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley with Fr. Don Buhrman officiating. To honor Larry's wishes, cremation took place following his service. Inurnment will be at a later date in North Loup Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Scotia Chalk Mines or to the family. Condolences can be left at www.giallfaiths.com.
Larry was born Oct. 30, 1927, in Gage County, NE, to William and Goldie (Hinton) Weiner. He was raised in Gage County, attending country school at Friendship District 98. Because of the Korean War he did not finish high school. He entered the United States Army, Mar. 10, 1948, serving with the 187th Airborne Division as a paratrooper in Special Forces. He was honorably discharged in 1952. However, in 2001, he received a plaque of recognition and on his granddaughter Kellee's insistence, graduated with the Diller Odell Class of 2002.
Larry was employed most of his life as superintendent for Economy Forms in Des Moines, IA. His work took him all over the United States and to foreign countries. In 1960, he received an award and a gold wristwatch recognizing that he had saved the life of a coworker who had been electrocuted.
On May 8, 1964, He married Jesslyn Jones in Iowa. The couple made their home in Council Bluffs and Pleasant Valley, IA, moving to North Loup in 1968. In 1979 they moved to Burwell, where they had a home for teenage girls. They moved to Elyria in 1989, moving back to North Loup in 2005.
In his early years, he was a rodeo bareback bronc rider, working rodeos across the country. He also loved his motorcycles. An avid hunter and fisherman, he took his grandsons fishing from a very young age. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus in Burwell and Ord, and a lifetime member of the Carpenters Union in Omaha, National Rifle Association and The North American Fishing and Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife, Jesslyn of North Loup; children and their spouses, Kathy Highfill of Lincoln, Judy Weiner of Lincoln, Laurie and Dave Kelsheimer of Walton, KS, John Weiner of North Loup, Barbra Rilko of Denver, Laralee and Glenn Sukup of Scottsbluff, Joe Matz of North Loup; 147 foster children; and a brother, Junior Weiner of Florida; those also left to cherish his memory include 11 grandchildren, Kellee, Barbie, Orrin, James, Melissa, David, Tyler, Steven, Chris, Lacee and Nick; and six, great-grandchildren, Serria, Eli, Brenden, Breanna, Kyler, Logan, and soon baby boy, Sparr.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Georgia Weiner.