Jun 182013

We have a large family; seven brothers and sisters. The first is Naoma, and the last is me.

Naoma and Larry married when I was about 3, but I still remember the cold folding chair, my shiny black patent leather shoes, and how beautiful my sister looked.

Larry had some breathing problems last week, then yesterday, while sitting on the couch after ordering a new bible and a book to help him study Ephesians, his heart and breathing stopped after 73 years.

Naoma performed CPR, and the ambulance team did as well, but Larry left this earth before he made it to the hospital. Here are my initial thoughts about his extraordinary life.

Extraordinary Larry

Defying the odds

Studying the bible

Making a plan

Raising a family

Preaching God’s Word

Running a store

Building a house

Teaching a class

Working on a project

Loving people

Sharing the Gospel

Keeping the basement dry

Running a department

Saying a prayer

Training future teachers

Pursuing a dream

Singing a dog to sleep

Making new friends

Giving to people

Loving his wife and family

Living in glory

Preacher boy











Department head



Store owner





New resident of Heaven

To the glory of God, Larry has never been ordinary!


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  One Response to “Extraordinary Larry”

  1. Thanks so much, Melody, for writing this post about your brother-in-law. My sisters and I spent all year dreaming about and preparing for our week at Camp Decorah each summer when we were teenagers. The Anderson kids were a big part of the reason we looked forward to that week with so much anticipation. I really looked up to Naoma and Marg and loved hanging out with them there. Though we didn’t stay connected until FB came along, I always remembered the Andersons with special friendship. I recently had a FB conversation with Naoma and really enjoyed learning a little about her recent life. I will be praying for her and all of her family during this sad time. Thanks for paying tribute to a godly man. You are showing respect in a meaningful way.

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