In Memory of Larry Strong

October 7, 1943 - August 10, 2019

Larry Raymond Strong Age 75, of Barronett, WI died Saturday, August 10, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on October 7, 1943 in Rice Lake, WI to Raymond and Aura (Houlder) Strong. Larry graduated from the Rice Lake High School in 1962 and then entered the United States Air Force and was Honorably Discharged as an E4 after 4 years. He was married to Kathleen Anderson on August 21, 1970 in Rice Lake. Larry worked for Wisconsin Bell Telephone Company and retired from Centurylink in 2005. Larry and Kathy owned and operated Piddle Creek Kennels and Yellow River Game Farm since 1995 where they raised and trained Labradors and German Shorthair dogs and provided pheasant hunting. Larry taught hunter safety training and was a 4-H shooting instructor for over 20 years and was also certified as a NRA Rifle and Pistol instructor. Larry and Kathy also were a certified foster parents for over 20 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, shot trap for the Rice Lake Rod and Gun Club, was a member of the Wild Sheep Foundation, a member of the Safari International Club, he also shot league trap with and was a former president of Tuscobia Trap Club and was also a member of the Northern Flights Hunting Retriever Association. He made 6 trips to Arizona as a volunteer building water holes for habitat improvement, with the target species being wild sheep. Larry played the trumpet in the Jolly Music Makers Band, enjoyed downhill skiing, waterskiing and cross country skiing and taking day trips riding bike in his younger years.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Strong of Barronett; 4 children, Melissa K. Strong, Lindsey Strong, Eric Strong and Michael Strong; 7 grandchildren; and honorable and special family members, Nick Marinko, Samantha Swiderski and Michael Siewert; many special nephews and nieces, Jeff Strong, Roberta Little, Lisa Knighton, Michelle Walters, Nick Anderson, Stephanie Leach, Andrew Mommsen, Laura Myre and Evelyn Belter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Aura Strong; 2 brothers, Dwight Strong and Robert Strong and his best friend and hunting/fishing partner, Richard Steinburg.

Funeral Services will be held at 7PM Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Appleyard’s Home for Funerals in Rice Lake, with interment in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI. Visitation will be held from 4-7PM Thursday at Appleyard’s Home for Funerals.

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