Larry L Lehmkuhler, age 71 of the Stop Table area in Callaway, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at his home. Larry was born April 2, 1949, in Gothenburg to Lloyd L. and Bernelda L (Nelson) Lehmkuhler.
Larry attended the Mackley Country School thru the 8th grade and graduated from Arnold High School. On June 15, 1968, Larry married Gloria J Whipple at the Morning Star United Methodist Church, and spent all of their 52 years of marriage living in the Arnold/Callaway community.
During high school Larry worked at Central Implement, and after graduation he attended the John Deere certification course in Omaha. Upon completion, he continued to work for Central Implement for another year. Larry worked as a farmhand for the first 13 years of his marriage. He then drove a truck for Halstead Trucking. He loved it and if he could have packed his family up to go with him, he would have never stopped.
He then worked as a road maintainer operator for Custer County for 30 years. He retired in 2016 (for a few months), but that was short lived, as he returned to help out temporarily. He finished out his working years driving truck for Progressive Fertilizer for fun, which he realized quickly cut into his fishing time. Aside from husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and uncle, the most rewarding “job” was all the years of being a leader for the 4-H Shooting Club. He took great pride in teaching the Hunter Safety Course for many years, teaching youngsters including most all his grandkids, nieces and nephews to safely enjoy hunting the great outdoors. Larry enjoyed spending time with his wife. They kept busy traveling to all parts of the state and farther to attend kids and grandkids events. He loved the great outdoors, fishing and hunting with his family and friends. If you knew Larry, you knew he didn't know a stranger!! So, a quick trip to town was never quick!!
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Bernelda, and infant daughter Tami.
Larry is survived by his wife, Gloria of Callaway; daughters, Tina Lehmkuhler of Arnold, and Lee (Dan) Clark of Perry, Kansas; son, John (Mandi) Lehmkuhler of Lexington; eight grandkids and their spouses; two great-grandkids; brothers, Mike (Ann) Lehmkuhler of Arnold, Dwaine (Caro) Lehmkuhler of Arnold, and Jim (Karen) Lehmkuhler of Arnold; in-laws, Melvin (Karen) Whipple of Windsor, Colorado, Linda (Paul) Dietz of Lincoln, Reita (Charley) Lloyd of Callaway, and Patty (Ken) Phiffer of North Platte; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Morning Star United Methodist Church with Pastor Shanon Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Arnold Cemetery in Arnold. Memorials are suggested to The Larry Lehmkuhler Memorial Fund for Youth Shooting Sports. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, and then on Friday, Nov. 13 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Morning Star United Methodist Church. Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
An online guest book may be signed for words of encouragement or remembrance at www.govierbrothers.com. The service will be recorded and available to watch at a later time on the website. We sincerely encourage each person to make your decision whether to attend based on the best interest of your health and that of your community.