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WHITEHALL - Longtime Sheridan and Whitehall resident Larry Kieckbusch passed away Saturday, November 8, 2008, surrounded by his loving family after his courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his life he left his mark in the hearts of those left behind.

Larry was born July 17, 1937, in Townsend, Mont. to Ted and Esther (Paul) Kieckbusch. Larry married the love of his life Sandy Martinsen on Dec. 28, 1963, in Butte. They were happily married for 45 years. Larry was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Larry graduated from Townsend High School and Western Montana College where he earned his education degree and later attended MSU-Bozeman where he attained his masters in Administration. He began his teaching and coaching career in Plains and Lewistown. In 1965, he moved to Sheridan High School where he served as teacher, coach and superintendent until his retirement in 1994. Larry served three years in the military under the branch of the Army.

Larry spent the majority of his life as an educator and coach, having several successful seasons in football, basketball and track. He was named the Montana Coaches Association Coach of the Year for football in 1967. He was a member of the Virginia City Elks Lodge and was named Elk of the Year in 1974 for his work with the Hoop Shoot and the Elks Scholarship Awards. He was especially proud of the numerous students and people he was able influence throughout the years.

Larry's highest priorities were his wife, two children and three grandchildren. He is survived by wife Sandy, son Mark Kieckbusch (Dani) of Billings and daughter Julie Kieckbusch (Larry Feight) of Whitehall. His grandchildren Alli and Connor Kieckbusch of Billings and Max Feight of Whitehall were three reasons for some of his biggest smiles. Larry is also survived by brothers Don Kieckbusch (Willie) of Manhattan, Mont. and John Kieckbusch (Margie) of Texas.

Larry treasured the time he spent following his children's various athletic activities throughout their high school years. Some of his proudest moments came as a result of their numerous accomplishments both athletically and academically. Recently he was able to enjoy the beginnings of the same accomplishments with his three grandchildren.

Larry most recently enjoyed cooking for Sandy and his family at holiday gatherings. It was important for him to prepare the perfect meal for loved ones.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at K & L Mortuary in Whitehall, Mont.. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Whitehall with reception following. There will be an interment with military honors following the service at the Sheridan Cemetery at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Butte Ronald McDonald House.

K & L Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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