Larry Ralph Schanz, of Ryegate, passed away on Oct. 22, 2017, at Billings Clinic, after a battle with cancer.
Larry was born to Ralph and Mildred (Helmerichs) Schanz on April 3, 1950. He grew up on the family farm south of Ryegate in the Big Coulee. He attended the ’79 School House through seventh grade, then continued his education in Ryegate, graduating in 1967. He then attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where he graduated with an Ag business degree in 1971.
He married Joy Tuomi in 1971 in Augusta, Montana, and then the couple made their home in Havre, where he worked at the Federal Land Bank. In 1976, they made the move back to the family farm in the Big Coulee, where he resided until his death.
Farming was his passion; he believed in instilling a hard work ethic in his children and grandchildren. He always felt you earn what you get and take responsibility for one’s actions.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Schanz; and brother-in-law Jim McCombs. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joy; his daughter, Kim (Ryan) Murray of Chula Vista, California; his son, Jeff (Marti) of Billings; his grandchildren, Cameron and Caden; his mother, Mildred (Chuck); his sister, Judy (Don) Olson of Gaston, Oregon; and sister Sandy McCombs of Billings; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Ryegate.
Memorials may be made to Ryegate Fire and Ambulance.