Larry Most, the son of Verne and Thelma (Davis) Most, was born June 8, 1941 at Maywood, Nebraska and passed away peacefully at his home in Jefferson February 3, 2014 at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 25 days.
Larry attended and graduated from the Maywood High School in 1958. While in high school, although small in size, he played football and was quarterback for his high school team. Following graduation, Larry attended Kearney Teacher’s College in Kearney, Nebraska and received a degree in education. Larry taught English and Speech and directed plays at McCool Junction, Nebraska. During the summer months, Larry was manager of the York Elks Lodge. He later taught at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. During this time, Larry lived in an apartment building in Council Bluffs where he met a young nurse who worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha and lived in the same building.
On June 4, 1966, Larry was united in marriage at Council Bluffs to Sharon Fay from Churdan, Iowa. Four children were born to this union. In 1967, Larry and Sharon moved to Jefferson and Larry taught school in Churdan. They built a new home in Churdan and moved there in 1970. Larry later retired from teaching and sold insurance for a short time. He then managed the Redwood Restaurant in Jefferson and in 1983 he purchased a lounge in Jefferson and opened Larry’s Restaurant and Lounge. The family moved to Jefferson in 1985 and they operated the lounge and restaurant as a family operation with the entire family helping on special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. Larry was always known for his prime rib and chicken. His business was taken by a fire on January 20, 2013.
Larry was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jefferson. He enjoyed working with wood and taught his skills and love of wood to his sons. When building his home in Churdan, Larry did much of the work himself. While living in Churdan, Larry also did a little farming west of Churdan.
Larry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon, a daughter, Cindy (Steve) Schmidt of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, three sons; Larry Jr. of Scranton, Steve and his wife, Sheri, of Des Moines and David of Jefferson, 8 grandchildren, a brother, Gordon Most and his wife, Judy of Thedford, Nebraska and two sisters; Carole Wood of Maywood, Nebraska and Margaret DaMoude and her husband, Chuck of Hershey, Nebraska. His parents preceded him in death.
A celebration of Larry’s life was held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, February 7, 2014 from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jefferson with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan. Musical selections were sung by soloist, Sheilah McGregor Pound and accompanied by pianist, Monica McGregor. A special piano selection of “Ava Maria” was played by Larry’s grandson, Luke Most. A Vigil for the Deceased was held Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.
Serving as casket bearers were Larry Most Jr., Steve Most, David Most, Steve Schmidt, Nick Most, Luke Most, Ben Most and Emily Most.
Friends and family are invited to a time of lunch and fellowship at the St. Joseph’s Parish Center following the graveside service.