Obituary: Liptac, Larry
Larry was born in Spokane, WA on November 4, 1937 to Andreas and Verna Liptac.
Larry graduated from North Central High School in 1955 where he was a member of the student council and the football team. He earned a B.S. degree in agronomy from Washington State College (now University) in 1960.
In 1957 while both were students at WSU, Larry married Joyce Marie Schaub. After college Larry started as a field rep for chemical companies in the agricultural field. In 1965 Larry went to work for Velsicol Chemical Corporation where his job took he and his family all over the world. Stops included Singapore (sales manager southeast Asia), Toronto (sales manager Canada) and their corporate headquarters in Chicago (sales manager of North America). Larry moved his family to the Billings area in 1976. In 1985, leaving the ag business, he and Joyce bought Mountain View Supply, selling bar and restaurant supplies with partners Stan and Louella Wilson. The business flourished and they remained there until retirement in 2002.
Larry had many hobbies and interests. When the kids were young he was coaching countless baseball and hockey teams. Larry was an accomplished woodworker with many pieces going to friends and family. His true love was antique cars. He loved the ground up restoration, the driving and planning of tours. Mostly he loved the friends for life he made in the old car world. Larry and Joyce are members of Goggles and Dusters, Model A club and V8 club. He enjoyed driving his cars around town and was in many Christmas parades with his model A.
Larry was also in the Elks club here in Billings. With his travels and volunteered hours, Larry has made many friends. Larry passed away on August 16, 2012 and goes to join his son Patric.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister DeEtte, brother Duane and his son Pat.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joyce of Billings; son Phil (Kelli) of Billings, son Bryce (Karen) of Kansas City and daughter Jill (Rich) Foran of Billings; grandchildren Andrea, Samantha, Nathan, Charlie, Michael, Dallas (Hannah); and his beloved dog Deacon. We love you!
A memorial service will be held at 11am Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Hope United Methodist Church on Wicks Lane. A reception will follow after the service at 1pm at the Elk’s club.
Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery . Condolences may be sent to the family through “Our Families” at www.cfgbillings.com.