Bill Larrabee was born April 11, 1936 to Albert and Frances (Rumpsa) Larrabee in Stockbridge, Mich. He moved with his parents and two brothers to Henderson, Colo. in 1939 where they operated the general store and post office.
Bill graduated high school in Brighton, Colo. as a tall skinny kid but soon found some guys in a local workout gym which included his now life-long friend Bro. Bill Bryan, who spoke at the funeral service.
Bill worked out hard for the next few years and was a participant in the 1962 Mr. Colorado physique contest. You know, the big muscular guys in speedos! He served two years in the Army but having a sergeant yelling at him wasn’t a real good fit. He yelled back but still received an honorable discharge.
In 1959, he married Linda Pickett, also from the Denver area, started his little family and then began farming in 1965 with the prettiest and hardest working lady ever built by God. They grew all manner of produce, crops, sugar beets, etc. and expanded the farm until moving to Lamar, Neb. in 1973.
A few twists, turns and several million bushels of corn later, Bill met Merry Hammack from California. They thoroughly enjoyed life for too brief a time before she was lost in a tragic scuba diving accident while on their honeymoon. After a painful recovery from her accident, Bill continued to farm with Sue Alderson, who would become his best friend and co-worker until his most recent move Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, when his Lord and Savior fixed the old broken down back and moved him into his new permanent home in heaven. He was 81 years of age.
As entertaining as Bill was, we can rest assured that he is now having the time of his life!
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother George and his wife Merry.
Survivors include son Joey (Patty) Larrabee of Piedmont, Okla.; stepsons Paul Hammack of Greenville, S.C. and Dan (Annie) Hammack of Franktown, Colo.; brother Bob (Sandra) Larrabee of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sister-in-law Joann Larrabee of Englewood, Colo.; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and family gathered at the service to witness a very unique tribute to a very unique life that is really just now getting started.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Berean Church in Imperial with Bro. Bill Bryan and Pastor Jeff Copes officiating.
A private family interment will take place at Holyoke Cemetery in Holyoke, Colo.
Visitation was held at the church prior to services the same day as services.
A memorial has been established to Truckers Christian Chapel Ministries.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.