Larry J. Preister
June 26, 1930 – May 9, 2020
Larry John Preister was born on June 26, 1930, to William and Margaret Preister near Saint Ben, Platte County, Nebraska. He was the eleventh of twelve children. His parents lost their farm during the Great Depression and the family moved to Utica, Michigan.
After graduation from Utica High School Larry moved back to Platte County, Nebraska. He met a one-room country school teacher, Victoria Rist, and the two were married at Saint Mary of the Angels Catholic Church near Humphrey, Nebraska in 1952. They soon moved to Omaha and started a family. Larry had several jobs before starting a career as a milkman with Alamito Dairy. In 1970, he changed employment to become an insurance agent with John Hancock Life Insurance Company.
In 1982, Larry suffered a complication from brain surgery that affected his speaking ability. He did not let that deter him from living an outgoing and active life and began a new career as a carpenter. He was very giving of his time and talent, working on many projects for customers as well as family and friends. His skills were many. He could build and fix just about anything. He once replaced the engine in his milk truck over a weekend. His grilled chicken was legendary.
Beginning around 1990, and continuing for a couple of decades, Larry and Vicki were “Winter Texans” spending January and February each year on the Texas Gulf Coast in Port Aransas. Since 2010, Larry and Vicki enjoyed living at Maple Ridge Retirement Community in west Omaha in the company of many good friends.
On May 9, 2020, he passed away peacefully at home with family at his side.
Larry Preister was very much beloved by his family and his friends. He was resourceful and generous and treated everyone with courtesy and respect. He set an example that his children and others endeavor to follow.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Victoria; children, Dave (Lisa), Cheri, Dan (Di), Mary Kay Love (Fred), Mike (Selina), Teresa Thorson (Don), and Bill (Tracy); sister, Sr. Margaret Mary Preister OSF; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and in-laws.
VISITATION observing CDC Guidelines: Friday, Sept. 25th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MEMORIAL MASS: Saturday, Sept. 26th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice.
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