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Larry D. Prinkki

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Larry passed away in Green Valley, Arizona, where he and wife, Beverly, had retired 5 years ago.  

Larry was born to Eli and Elsie Prinkki on 2/21/1942 in Red Lodge, Montana.  He grew up on the family’s dairy farm and graduated from Red Lodge High School in 1960.

Larry spent his summers working for the U.S. Forest Service and at home on the farm.  

Some of his fondest memories were haying time and playing football with his brothers, cousins and friends.

Larry met Beverly (Johnson) Prinkki while in high school and they were later married on April 13, 1962.

In 1966 he joined an ROTC program where he earned a degree in Geology at Montana State University.  Upon graduation his commitment as a 2nd Lt. took him to Vietnam.  Larry earned the rank of Captain during his tour from 1967 to 1968.  The challenging experience in Vietnam never left him.  He carried an invisible burden of ‘War is Hell’ but he fought the good fight and embodied the essence of "SISU" his entire life.  He was awarded  the Bronze Star Medal of Valor, The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.

The following years were spent working in the field of Geology for the U.S Forest Service, Montana State Highway Dept. and several construction companies.

Larry is survived by Beverly, his wife of 55 years, and their son, Brian, his wife Charlotte and their five children Samuel, Adam, Blake, Makayla, and Noelle of Glendora, California.  Larry was so proud of his grandchildren and loved them deeply.  

He is also survived by 3 brothers, Ronald, John and Jim Prinkki all of Roberts, Montana, and two stepbrothers, Bob and Dan Dutton of Alberta, Canada and his step-sister, Eileen Lira of Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Beth Prinkki and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Larry loved his job as a Geologist and always marveled at what the Lord had made.  He loved his dogs and feeding his pet deer in Montana City, Montana.  

A memorial service for Larry and Beth Prinkki will be held during a family reunion on Aug. 3 or Aug. 5 at the Finnish Kalevla.  

If you would like to honor Larry in some way, he would appreciate support the Kaleva Scholarship fund. Donations can be sent to:

Kaleva Scholarship

P.O. Box 125

Roberts Mt.  59070

Thank you and may peace be with you.

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