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Larry Dale Luloff

 

February 20, 2019

Larry Dale Luloff was born Sept. 23, 1939 in the German corn belt of Waverly, Iowa. He grew up on a farm with parents Lawrence and Dorotha Luloff and a great variety of pets. He was received into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Feb. 12, 2019 when he rested from his battle with cancer at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima, Washington.

Larry was the "go-to guy." He could build you a desk, wire a lamp, grow show-stopper roses, put out a house fire, teach you CPR or how to play the drums, and was even struck by lightning as a child when he climbed the windmill to fix it during a storm.

Larry was baptized Lutheran, attended parochial school and graduated from Waverly High School in 1958. There, he was lead drummer in a band and was teased by friends when asked to join a professional "accordion band." He was a proud member of the Duane Berley Dance Band and traveled the region with them for several years. He kept playing music after leaving the farm to serve three years in the United Stated Army, followed by the U.S. Army Reserve. Most of his active duty was spent in Germany where he was able to visit the land of his heritage. While there he worked in a top secret communications post during the first days of the Berlin Wall. He also earned a sharpshooter commendation. Following his honorable discharge, Larry moved to Yakima, Washington, where he worked for the telephone company, Dwinell Signs, sold real estate, and met Yvonne Brownell. The couple was married Sept. 14. In 1969 the couple and their children, Gary and Glenda, moved to Sunnyside where Larry began working for the Washington State Department of Licensing.

While in Sunnyside, Larry became a volunteer firefighter, beginning a lifelong career of community service. In 1974, the state promoted Larry, and the family moved to Goldendale. He became a volunteer fireman as well as a medic for Klickitat Valley Hospital. He served as the director of Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management and was instrumental in bringing a 911 system to the county and helped build the first helipad at the hospital. Larry also founded Safety and Health Management and taught first aid and CDL classes, mine safety classes, and co-owned a dive rescue business as well as the Mode O'Day/Fashion Crossroads store with Yvonne. Every summer for almost 40 years they fished at Rainbow Beach Resort on Twin Lakes in Inchelium, Washington. Dad taught us all how to tie on a lure so you never lost the fish and loved teaching a fisherman's secrets to the little ones.

After 40 years of serving the community and tending the garden on the corner, Larry and Yvonne moved to Yakima to be close to their family. When Larry developed cancer, Yvonne was his caretaker and was at his side with their loved ones in his final hours. He is survived by wife Yvonne; son Gary and wife Leanna and their son Joshua, Selah, Washington; daughter Glenda Tjarnberg and husband Steve and their son Ryan and daughter Heather Ostrander and her family, Tim, and children Hayden and Blake, all of Moxee, Washington; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and too many friends to count.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 21, 2-7 p.m. at Brookside. A memorial service for Larry will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Brookside Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Rd., Moxee, Washington. A reception will follow at Sun Country Estates Clubhouse, 3701 Dunclub Road, Yakima. A private burial will follow at a later date.

If so desired, donate to your local volunteer fire department and please consider organ donation.

 

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