Lawrence George Griner Sr. left us on May 14th to join his wife Carol and son Brian.
Larry was born on March 19, 1944 to George and Helen (Whitney) Griner in a small hospital in Grangeville Idaho. He grew up in Kooskia, Idaho. He was the middle child of three with Jeannette (Griner) Fleming being the oldest, and Dennis Griner (wife Vicki) being the youngest. They were taught to do a lot with a little, which he carried with him his whole life. Growing up he played little league baseball and varsity basketball. He went on to graduate from Clearwater Valley High school in 1963. After graduation he moved to Butte Montana, and attended Butte Business School. Shortly after starting school he enlisted in the Navy where he was honorably discharged. He met and married his wife Carol Michaud in 1966. Together they had 6 children: Tony (Donna), Scott (Mary), Dawnelle Demers (Corey), Larry Jr (Rose) and Sheala (Joe), Together they had 13 grandkids, and 9 great grandkids.
He was very active in the Elks lodge, becoming the exalted ruler in 1985. He also played the bass drum for the B.P.O.E. drum corps and could have seen swinging his mallets in every 4th of July parade. Larry enjoyed bowling. He worked as a heavy equipment operator at many different places including the Berkley pit and Pegasus gold mine. He later started driving trucks over the road until he retired. This opened a new chapter in his life and maybe his true calling which was taking care of his wife, who suffered from brain aneurysms in 1994. He was an active member of St.Ann’s Church. His own health declined and as a result he ended up spending his remaining days in a nursing home, where he made many friends. He really enjoyed visiting and downloading movies on his tablet with the help from his granddaughter Charlee Jo.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18th at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church with Rite of Committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Due to social distancing mandates related to COVID19 no visitation will be held and social distancing will be implemented at the services. Larry’s family invites you to attend the services and does appreciate your understanding. Memorials in honor of Larry are suggested to the Elks Charitable Foundation or to Saint Ann’s Catholic Church or to a foundation of the donor’s choice. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Larry.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Larry and his family.