Oct. 31, 1941 – April 21, 2019
Lawrence (Larry) Heller, age 77, passed away Easter Sunday peacefully at home after a lengthy illness.
Larry was born October 31, 1941 to Vernon and Mary Heller. He grew up as one of four Heller boys on the west side, in the shadow of Mt Helena. Being a young man in the glory days of the 1950’s meant cruising to Gerties, drag racing in Belgrade, and hanging out on the gulch downtown. Larry settled down a bit when he joined the Army National Guard in 1958. He started a career as a mechanic, working at the Fort Harrison UTES. That career would last 31 years! Larry earned the nickname “Lightning” and it stuck. Larry was married in 1961, had two children, and later divorced. In 1975, he met and married the love of his life, Joann Greenup. They had 44 years of adventure and laughter together. Larry was a great storyteller, especially around the campfire. Some of his best times were hunting near York, and camping on the Little Blackfoot. His witticisms will be missed, he was truly a fun guy and entertained us all, especially the kids.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Pat and Eddie. He is survived by his wife Joann, brother David (Diane) Heller, daughter Jackie (Scott) Smith, son Michael (Angela) Heller, grandchildren Amanda (Eric) Huberty, Kalli (Jake) Sharbono, Courtney Smith, Colton Smith, Tyler Heller, and one great granddaughter, Lily Smith. Special thanks to St Peters Hospice, Dr Bailey, and Mickey and Karissa.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26th at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Peters Hospice, or the organization of your choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Larry.