Larry Valtinson passed away of COPD complications on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the North Valley Hospital. He was 66 years old.
Larry Valtinson was born in Duluth, Minn., on July 15, 1945. In 1949, he moved to Kalispell with his family and, except for military service and college, remained in the Flathead Valley until his passing.
Larry was a caring, loving person who, in his younger years, was a fun loving, outgoing person who never failed to find humor in life. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, cars, games and socializing.
Larry graduated from Flathead County High School in 1963, and in 1967 graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife technology. Shortly after graduating, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
Larry returned as a disabled veteran. He never had the opportunity of engaging in his chosen career. He was instilled with a deep compassion for others. There wasn’t a charitable organization to which he wasn’t willing to donate. His ties to and concern for veterans, of all wars, was a constant in his life.
Although Larry was a private person, he enjoyed visits to the old B&B restaurant and, after it closed, Finnegan’s and Smith’s. A special thanks to the former and current staffs of each for the companionship they gave him. Also, a special thanks to Herman Andros, Rick Blades and his associates, the staff of Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation, and the doctors and nurses of Kalispell Regional Medical Center and North Valley Hospital for the care and support they provided him.
Larry was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Magda Valtinson.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Pat Valtinson, of Great Falls; nieces, Erika and Mark Turner of Spokane, and Kristina and Duncan McMullin of Missoula, and their son, Rowan; his aunt, Signe Ferguson, of Evergreen; and uncle, Finney Ueland, of Heron; along with several cousins.
Larry’s aversion to funerals will be respected. A graveside memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials for Larry are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans.
“We take comfort in the fact that Larry is now with those relatives, friends, and military comrades who preceded him in death and whose deaths have weighed so heavily on him over the years.”
Larry was a very special person who will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.