VICTOR — Larry Walter O’Connell, 71, a lifetime Montana resident, died in a motorcycle accident Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
Larry was born in Billings on July 1, 1941, to Louise and Daniel O’Connell and was the youngest of four children.
Larry married Carlene Lehmkuhl on Nov. 12, 1960, and had four beautiful sons, Terry “Ohcaca” (Kim), Mark “Pig” (Kat), Rusty “RD” (Barbara), and Michael “Brat.”
While in Billings, Larry worked many jobs including Pierce Packing in 1965 and for Maverick Mobile Homes. In 1984 Larry and Carlene moved to the Bitterroot Valley and with family purchased and ran Travelers Village in Conner for three years. Larry’s remarkable memory for jokes and off-color stories made him a favorite at the bar at Traveler’s and everywhere he went. You could always count on Pappy for a great joke!
After leaving Conner they moved to Victor where Larry designed log home manufacturing machinery and worked as millwright for Neville Log Homes. After retiring, Larry worked part time for Bitterroot Valley Log & Timber.
Larry “Pappy Crow” and Carlene “Maw Crow” loved riding motorcycles and did so as often as possible. Pappy passed his love of motorcycles on, teaching his children and his grandchildren to ride. Larry loved all motorcycles but always told Harley riders that he’d rather ride them than work on them so that’s why he rode Yamahas.
Besides raising their own boys, Maw and Pappy helped raise many other “adopted” kids. Larry was always jumping in to help, whether it be teaching you how to ride safely or how to fix anything mechanical, Larry could do it. If it had a motor, Larry could fix it or improve it.
Besides four children, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and assorted step-grand- and great-grandchildren, numerous friends, “adopted” family and fellow Geritol Angels (too old to raise hell), Larry leaves behind his best friend and loving wife of 51 years, Carlene. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Larry’s family would like to request that people everywhere: PLEASE WATCH FOR MOTORCYLES!
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”