Larry Albert Fuhrmann was born to Konrad E. Fuhrmann and Lillie (Wacker) Fuhrmann on October 11, 1935. He was raised on the family farm in the Baylor community. Larry attended the Fuhrmann School and attended junior high school in Glasgow while living with his sister, Lorraine, at her hotel. He worked on the family farm until 1958 when he was drafted into the United States Army. Upon reporting to Butte for his physical, the doctor told him he was not fit for active duty due to his high blood pressure. After reporting to Butte for his second physical, the doctors said they would call him back every three months and check his blood pressure again. Not being one to waste time, Larry told the doctor to write down the highest acceptable blood pressure, and he would just have the Army take him then. He served two years of active duty as a mechanic. He spent thirteen months of that time stationed at Camp Red Cloud in Korea. After serving his two years of active duty, Larry served two years in the National Guard followed by two years in the Reserves while continuing to farm.
Larry met his future bride and love of his life, Karen Flom, at his niece’s birthday party. After a whirlwind romance, the two were married October 15, 1964. The newlyweds lived at the old PH Fuhrmann place where Larry helped Kenny with his cattle and tended to the farm’s cattle with his brothers Bill and Terry. He broke his horse Lightening that winter. Larry would ride him from PH’s to the home place in snow drifts so deep that the horse couldn’t buck. In April1965, the couple moved into a trailer house on the home place. On May 14, 1966, Larry was blessed with his son Loren. In 1970, Larry purchased the Kon C. place and moved the family. He continued farming and started raising pigs.
In 1974, Larry sold his part of the farm and moved the family to Nashua where he opened his own mechanic business working on cars, pickups, trucks, farm machinery, and pretty much anything that had an engine. Larry successfully ran his shop for more than 40 years. Being a farm boy who liked to play in the dirt, he purchased some irrigated farm land in the early 1990’s down on Wiota Flat. He eventually sold his farm land as he could not find the time to operate both his mechanic shop and farm. Larry turned wrenches until 2012 when his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia made it too difficult to continue working.
Larry had a strong work ethic. Larry’s idea of a day off was to go and help someone fix fence, pour concrete, or build a quonset. When not trying to fix things for himself or others, he greatly enjoyed gardening. A skill Larry picked up in boyhood by helping his mother with her garden. He found it calming and peaceful to plant, nurture, and harvest his garden. He was especially fond of the cucumbers, radishes, and turnips he would raise. Larry also liked to visit and play cards such as pinochle, whist, pitch, and cribbage. He liked puzzles and games of strategy such as Rubic’s cube, Sudoku, or chess. He often talked of going fishing, but always had one more project to get done first. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to one and all. His story telling and quick wit will greatly be missed.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Kon E. and Lillie Fuhrmann and brothers, William “Bill”, Durvit “Kon”, Verlin, and twin Terry. Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Karen; his sister Lorraine of Kalispell; brother Archie of Great Falls; his son, Loren of Flaxville and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2021 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.