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Larry Schad

Larry Dale Schad, son of Earle M. and Althea R. Schad, was born October 16,1946 at a rural home in Fontanelle, Iowa. He grew up with his brother Gary on the farm outside of Shannon City, Iowa. Larry graduated from East Union High School in Afton, Iowa in 1965 (their class motto was: Life is not measured by the time we live).

Larry married his high school sweetheart, Judith “Judy ” Ann Abbott, on August 21, 1966. To this Union was three children: Brenda, Ricky, and Jody. In 1966, Larry enlisted in the United States Navy sailing aboard the USS Independence for four years. He was very proud of his service to his country. After his military service, he worked various jobs in Creston, Iowa including Boyd’s Appliances, Coca-Cola Distributing, and then Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad (BNSF) for 30 years obtaining numerous positions such as foreman on the steel gang, timekeeper, and track foreman. Larry also attended Southwestern Community College. Some of the things Larry and his family enjoyed was fishing, picnics, camping, coon hunting, going to Des Moines for shopping, going out to eat, and drive-in movies.

After Larry and Judy divorced, some years later, Larry married Joyce (Kilgore) Wright. They married September 22, 2001. Larry retired from BNSF and enjoyed his time helping Joyce with projects at their home. He liked talking to, and joking with, their neighbors and railroad friends. Larry especially enjoyed communicating all over the world with his Ham radio buddies. Larry had a way with electronics since he was a kid, any kind of radio he could get his hands on, it was his favorite hobby but also tinkered with lawn mowers, car and truck motors, even race cars. So many have said that Larry was a jolly guy, always with a smile on his face.

The time had come for God to call on Larry to help him… He was in a car accident in Boise, Idaho and died at the scene on Friday, August 11, 2017. Larry went to be with his parents; infant sister; father-in-law; aunts, uncles, and cousins; grandparents; step-grandchildren Kadden and Cody; and other family and friends in heaven.

Those who will forever cherish Larry’s memory are his wife Joyce; daughter Brenda Schad and companion Ken Campbell of Mount Ayr, IA; sons Rick (Melissa) Schad of Norwalk, IA and Jody (Jenny Mihalovich) Schad of Jefferson, IA; brother Gary (Carol) Schad of Shell Knob, MO; aunts Mary Davis of Atlantic, IA and Norma Hatch of Arkansas; cousin Annette (Tim) Hunt of Oklahoma and other cousins; mother-in-law Evelyn Kilgore of Diagonal, IA; brother-in-law Larry “Kent” (Melody) Kilgore of Diagonal, IA; sister-in-law Shelly Kilgore in Arizona; step-children Burton Wright, Craig (Monique) Wright and Cheryl (Sonny) Snow all of Idaho; grandchildren Levi (Taylar) Shepherd, Jenna Shepherd, Tayler, Austin, Kaitlyn, Brittany, Rylan, and Avery Schad, Ashly Starlin, Anna, Katie, Chantel, Tara, Chelsea, Rick, Wendy, and Kendra; great-grandchildren Ayra, Kaylee, Layla, Hailey, Jackson, Kenzie, and Kyleigh; nieces and nephews Shauna, Chelsea, Mariah, Cass, and Trampus, Cherity (John) Gabrielle family, DJ Schad family; and many good and dear friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

Visitation: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26
Services: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26, both at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.
Officiant: Pastor Barton Shields
Burial: Union Cemetery – North of Diagonal, Iowa.
Military honors at cemetery: Theodore J. Martens VFW Post #1797 & U.S. Navy Honor Guard

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Joyce and family, so very sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Memories are a precious gift and I am sure you have many that will bring you joy and comfort until you meet again.

Barb & Rick Supinger Aug 23 2017 12:00 AM

Brenda, was so sorry to read about your dad. May you cherish all the fond memories you have made with him through the years. God wrap you in his loving arms and give you the peace and comfort you so need during this difficult time and through the hard times ahead.

Paula Webb Aug 22 2017 12:00 AM

Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great ham radio buddy and Saturday morning breakfast buddy for Mike. They talked on the radio every night. So now they are continuing that conversation on the "greatest frequency". RIP N0GMH

Sherry Gray , N0EIX Aug 17 2017 12:00 AM

Joyce and Family...We are so saddened to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great friend, and one of the nicest and happiest human beings it has been my pleasure to have known. Larry always had a smile for everyone and a great sense of humor. He was always willing to help a friend in need and shared his generosity and knowledge graciously. We will all miss him dearly. May the Lord Bless and Guide you in the difficult days ahead.

Bruce and Michelle Jones Aug 17 2017 12:00 AM

Very, very sorry to hear about Larry's passing. We met while on a railroad tie-gang back in 1977. His nickname was Rosie and that's what I've called him ever since. Rosie was a genuinely nice person. How could you not like someone who smiled as much as he did! Our paths didn't cross very often but it was always my pleasure when they did. I really enjoyed our visits and reminiscing about the railroad. To all of his family, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I want you to know that I will always remember Rosie. R.I.P.

John Walters Aug 17 2017 12:00 AM