Larry was born at home on a farm in rural Washington County, Nebraska, on March 20, 1942. He was the son of Walter and Mable (Beck) Langemeier and attended grade school at district #18, a two-room country school in Dodge County, Nebraska, which was near the farm home where he grew up. He graduated from Scribner Public High School in 1959 and then earned a Bachelor Degree in Science of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, followed by a Master of Science and a PHD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, MO.
Larry married his high school sweetheart, Vera Petz, and they had three sons. In 1967 they moved to Manhattan, KS, where Larry accepted a position on the faculty of Kansas State University and worked in research and agriculture extension. He developed and headed a computerized farm records system for more than thirty years; he conducted studies and wrote many articles on farm management issues.
Larry was active in 4-H and showed the Grand Champion Anges steer at the Dodge County and Fremont 4-H fairs in his senior year of high school. Larry loved sports of all kinds and participated and lettered in every sport available to him during high school years. He played town team softball, baseball and basketball during his high school and college years and even after college. He enjoyed many years of bowling with the Ag Econ Bowling team and he snow skied with his sons, brothers and cousins. He loved golf, and went on annual outings with his brothers to courses throughout the Midwest.
Larry enjoyed taking driving trips all over the state of Kansas and throughout the United States with his wife Vera; they visited every state on the continent and a few of the Canadian Provinces. He also visited a number of countries beyond the U.S. Larry had an uncanny knack for remembering in great detail all the places he had been and the routes to get back to those places. His last trip was to Ireland and Northern Ireland with Vera and good friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, an older brother, Richard, and brother-in-law, Don Brown. He is survived by his wife, Vera, and sons and grandchildren, Lynn (Rachel) & Leif of Shawnee, Kansas; Paul (Marilyn) Cody & Casey of Southlake, TX; and Clark (Kelly) Cody Box, & Jamie Box of Erie, & Denver CO. He is also survived by two brothers, Glen (Connie)of Fremont, NE, Tom (Linda) of Shenandoah, IA, a sister, Shirley Brown, of Fremont, NE, sister-in-law, Helen Langemeier of Scribner, NE, and Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Velma and Earl Wege of Ponca, Ne, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan, KS, Wednesday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m., with Reverend Jerry Reynolds officiating.
The family will greet friends and relatives after the service in the lower level of the church immediately after the service with a lunch to follow. Inurment will be at a later date at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Hooper, NE.
Memorials may be given for the KSU Gardens or the Kansas 4-H Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.