Larry Russell Maurer

Larry Russell Maurer    Larry Russell Maurer, 64, of Great Falls was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Great Falls to Russell Maurer and Kathleen Dusterhoff Maurer. Larry was raised in the Conrad and Spokane, Wash. area. He married Carol Moe in Conrad in 1962. To that union was born two children, Rainee and Theron (Terry). Larry and Carol raised their family in the Spokane and Seattle area. With the children grown, Larry and Carol returned to Montana. Larry and Carol owned and operated Prairie Water Co. until his retirement in 2006. After Larry “flunked retirement”, he started a small trucking business which he was operating at the time of his accidental death on July 10 near Seattle.
    Larry was employed many years as a heavy equipment operator where he worked on dams, roads, buildings and the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Larry was an instrument rated pilot who flew charitable flights for Angel Flight West. Larry enjoyed nothing more than cross-country touring with Carol on “his most prized possession”, his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
    As a grandfather, Larry took his role very seriously, with leaving a legacy of love for his grandchildren his primary focus. Larry felt the most important part of his life was his recovery from alcoholism. He loved to share his experiences, strength and hope without concern for his anonymity. He belonged to the Thursday Night Care and Share AA Home Group in Great Falls, throughout his sobriety of 22 years where he grew spiritually and in love and service to his fellow man.
    He was able to appreciate the spiritual essence of others involved in belief systems different from his own. Larry was known for his honesty, openness and “wearing his heart on his sleeve.” His way of turning a phrase with great wit delighted all who knew him. His word was absolutely his BOND!
    Larry was friend to the friendless and someone who tried to see into others’ hearts rather than judging by outward appearances. He considered opportunities to help to be great blessings. Larry was completely secure in his own skin, not embarrassed to express his emotions, tell his friends he loved them, or learn to knit or face a challenge. He loved his wife, calling her “Darling”, always making sure to phone her many times each day that they were apart.
    As a loving son, he rarely failed to call his mother every evening to say “goodnight” even when far away. Larry and Carol shared a passion for Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Larry recently became an avid golfer and his genial, outgoing, helpful nature made him new friendships everywhere he went.
    Larry loved Indy car racing and was a passionate Denver Broncos fan. He never knew a stranger.
    Larry is survived by his wife Carol, of Great Falls; daughter Rainee Osman and husband Bruce, of Kent, Wash.; his mother Kathleen (Kay) Woods, of Great Falls; granddaughters Rachelle Maurer and Deja Deserley, of Great Falls; Tyra Dalzell, or Havre; Chandler Osman, of Kent, Wash. and one great-granddaughter Diamond, of Great Falls. Also surviving Larry are sisters Lexie (Jim) Munroe, of Conrad; Cindy (Mike) Bank, of Billings; Debbie (Mickey) Petersen, of Kirkland, Wash.; Sherri Maurer, of Austin, Texas and Ada Maurer, of Federal Way, Wash. Stepbrothers Howard and Craig Anderson, of Spokane; an uncle Rudy Maurer, of Stanley, N.D.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and a magnitude of friends.
    Larry was preceded in death by his father Russell Maurer in 1986; his son Theron (Terry) in 2004; his brother Gary Maurer in 1995; his stepbrother Charles Anderson in 2005 and his uncle Elmer (Dusty) Dusterhoff in 2004.
    A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at the Hillcrest Lawn Memorial, 1410 13th St. So. in Great Falls on July 21 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow the services. Memorials are suggested to the Great Falls Rescue Mission or to the donor’s choice.