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“Nancy, so very sorry for your loss. I pray for your comfort and peace. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Crystal Carlson Walton - SD

“Rest is Peace and God Speed his soul to his final home in Heaven ~• ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Yvette Fitzgerald - TX - neighbor

“Nancy so sorry to hear of your loss of your husband Larry. I did not know Larry but I know the Turnquists well. I have great memories of hanging out...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Mike (Mick) Tarr - Blaine, MN

“Nancy So sorry to hear about Larry. Such a wonderful guy.i had a lot of good visits with Larry in the milking barn. Great memories of him. Your in...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Neil forgey - Lost springs, WY

“Nancy and family,So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He fought the good fight. Hope you andthe family can use the many memories you have to ease the...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mike & Bev Gassen - Bellwood, NE

“sorry for your loss. larry lots of fun in school ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: martin wolf - black hawk sd, SD

Larry Grim was born January 13, 1952 in Gregory, SD. His parents were Leonard Raymond and Irene (Stahlecker) Grim. He grew up on the family farm that he loved six miles south of Gregory.

Larry was the oldest child of eight followed by Pat, Rich, Rod, Nola, Randy, Danny and Jan. Joining the family later were half-siblings Darwin and Tina. He attended Gordon School District #46 through eighth grade. Larry graduated from Gregory High School in 1970. Many lasting friendships were made at GHS.

At the age of 14, he started working at Soper's Hatchery, where they became his second family. He also worked for Pat Feyereisen, Walt Whiting, and Kehn Ranch before returning to Soper's to begin his career hauling milk. He then hauled for AMPI, Tote Inc., D & T Transport, and Olberding Trucking. He was a jack-of-all trades and became a master craftsman of duct tape and baling wire. Larry loved farming and milking cows as his second full-time job. In his later years he started a fencing business and also helped Byron Grim with farm and machinery repair. Larry loved going to the dairy farms and made many life long friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to any one in need.

In 1981, Larry met Nancy, who soon became the love of his life. They married and he quickly became a very loved member of the Turnquist family. They were blessed with daughters, Rena in 1982 and Annalisa in 1986. In May of 2012, his life changed when he began a valiant battle against cancer. Ultimately he survived the cancer but was unable to return to work. To the surprise of his doctors, he beat the odds, and lived another 4 ½ years post bone marrow transplant. During this time, he enjoyed his grandkids, Emily Grim and Knox and Briggs Hamilton, whom he loved to help babysit and spoil.

Larry entered the Corsica Nursing Home in January 2017 quickly making friends with the staff. He enjoyed telling stories about hauling milk to Freeman and all the dairy producers he worked with over the years.

He passed away January 23, 2018 at the Corsica Nursing Home with his family by his side.

Larry is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Rena Grim and Annie (Andrew) Hamilton; grandchildren, Emily Grim, Knox and Briggs Hamilton. Other survivors include his siblings Pat (Delbert) Klein, Rich (Sara) Grim, Rod Grim, Nola Grim (Harland), Danny Grim, Randy Grim, Jan Schrader, Darwin (Kerri) Grim, and Tina (Scott) Schmaltz; special aunts Lila Schochenmaier and Helen Grim; sisters-in-law Helen Turnquist and Donna (Don) Steppat; and brother-in-law Ron Turnquist. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Irene Grim, infant sister and brother, Cheryl and Dennis Grim, in-laws Donald and Imogene Turnquist and brothers-in-law Larry Turnquist and Roger Turnquist.

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Funeral services for Larry Grim, 66, of Gregory, SD, were held Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. A prayer service was held Friday evening at the church.

Gerrie Soper, Rita Grim, Mary Kaupp, and Mary Ellwanger were in charge of registration and flowers.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist. Congregational Hymns were "Rock of Ages" and "In the Garden." Geoff Smith, soloist, sang "On Eagles Wings" and "Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone."

Casket Bearers were Ted Kenzy, Boyt Young, Jack Dooley, Ed Sinclair, Bryon Grim, Chuck Davis, Gary Oberding, Clayton Whitney, and Keith Ellwanger.

Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.