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“So sorry for your loss but he is at peace now and you will see him again ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Karen Knudsen - Gregory, SD

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will always have been your memories. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Jim & Faye Wagner - Waco, TX

“Dear Myrna and family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Larry Passing. I wished I could be there. I will have you in my thoughts and Prayer. I...Read More ยป
3 of 3 | Posted by: Nancy Fast - Boise, ID


Larry Gene Pechota was born on April 14, 1943 at the Mother of Grace Hospital in Gregory, SD. He was first of three children born to Lloyd and Lois Pechota. Larry grew up on a farm near Colome, SD and attended the Viaduct school for three years. His family then moved to South Beach, Oregon. They returned to the Gregory area where he graduated his senior year in 1961. Larry was united in marriage to Myrna Fetzer on September 2, 1965. Together they had three children. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in September of this year. During their marriage they lived in Gregory, SD, Ainsworth, NE and then moved back to the Colome area where they have farmed since 1979.

Larry had a love for playing baseball and football while in high school and that passion carried on to watching his own children and grandchildren play sports as well. His grandchildren were the bright spots in his life. He spent many hours outside and enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, working on building projects and watching the crops grow and mature usually with his faithful dog by his side. Larry loved to travel with friends and family to other parts of the country but was always happy to be back to where he called home.

Larry passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 after fighting a five year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Larry was 72.

Larry is survived by his wife, Myrna, of Colome, SD, daughter Teresa (Tim) Lincoln of Colome, SD, son Randy (Holly) Pechota of Colome, SD and daughter Tammy (Steve) Richey of Rapid City, SD; his grandchildren, Abby and Kaden Pechota and Dylan Richey; two sisters, Bev (Jerry) Vaughn, Burke, SD and Kathy (Dennis) Thompson, Thorton, CO and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Lois Pechota and step dad, Bernen Iden.

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A visitation service for Larry Pechota, 72, of Colome, was held Sunday evening, December 27, 2015 at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory, SD.

A private family funeral service was held Monday, December 28, 2015 at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home with Pastor Don Windsperger officiating.

Kathleen Flakus was in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Lauren Mayes and Nancy Miller.

Music was provided by Roxie Summerville, organist, and Dan Snethen, soloist, singing "Rock of Ages." Congregational hymn was "Beautiful Savior."

Casket Bearers were Leon Summerville, Ron Miller, Austin Vaughn, Tyler Thompson, Jay Mayes, and Terry Mayes.

Burial was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.