Memorial services for Larry A. Moriarty will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Family Life Church in Gillette, Wyo. with Pastor Martin Crump officiating. Larry, 75, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Gillette, Wyo.
Larry was born on Aug. 21, 1938 in Appanoose County at home to Markus and Mary (Ervin) Moriarty. He was the last of nine children. The family later moved to Missouri, where Larry started school. The family returned to Iowa when Larry was five years old when his father passed away. Larry began attending the Friendship School with his sister and his friend Roger Rice, where they truly walked up hill both ways. Larry was very competitive as a youngster from racing his bicycle to his ‘55 Chevy and his stock cars. He continued his competitiveness through his life with snowmobiles, motorcycle and his tractors.
Larry graduated Cincinnati High School in 1957. After graduating he met Cleo “Jerri” Inman and married Jan. 21, 1961. The following day they traveled for their first trip to Gillette, Wyo. Larry and Jerri decided to make their home in Gillette in March of that year. Larry drove a DW-20 earth mover from Des Moines to Gillette for Mott construction. He had been working for Mott construction since 1958 and came to Wyoming to assist with building I-90. Larry went to work for Reeves Concrete that year until he was drafted for service on his birthday. Larry was stationed at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 31 1967.
He was a self taught mechanic and used those amazing skills during his employment with Reeves Concrete, Graham Motors and Jelco at Wyodak mine. During that employment he had his first heart attack and double bi pass surgery in 1977. After healing from surgery he was employed by B and B auto, Wolff Distributing and retired from Cordero Mine. As a young man Larry volunteered on the Cincinnati fire department in Iowa. Larry enjoyed his years with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Posse, Campbell County SnoGoers Association and the N.E.A.T. tractor pulls. Larry enjoyed delivering donations to the VA in Sheridan, Wyo. and the Veterans Home of Wyoming in Buffalo.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Cleo “Jerri” Moriarty, of Gillette, Wyo.; daughter, Trudi (Les) Bricker, of Gillette, Wyo.; son, Michael (Lori) Moriarty, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his grandsons, Michael Wilson (Sha’la Decker) of Gillette Wyo., Draxton Spranger and Chase and Sean Moriarty of Phoenix, Ariz.; granddaughter, Alley Spranger, of Phoenix, Ariz.; one great-grandson, Aiden Decker; sister, Mary Alice Smith of State College, Penn.; brother, Jack (Helyn) Moriarty, of Sheridan, Wyo.; brother-in-law, Jim Reeves, of Moorcroft, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Ann Moriarty, of Kirksville, Mo.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Mary Moriarty; infant son, Greg Moriarty; brother, Merle and his wife; brother, Arley and Bette Moriarty; sister, Halcyone (Art) Streepy; brother, Donald (Maxine) Moriarty; brother, Wayne Moriarty; sister, Roma Reeves; and brother-in-law, Jim Smith.
A memorial has been established to benefit the Cincinnati Iowa Volunteer Fire Department. Memorials and condolences may be sent to the family in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be sent via our website: www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.