Larry Froelich, 72, Solen, passed away April 9, 2019, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.
Mass of Christian burial was held April 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Jarad Wolf as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Larry was born to Jake and Fern (George) Froelich Jan. 28, 1947. He was the oldest of three, and brother to Karen and Mark. On May 11, 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Hatzenbuehler. They had one daughter, Sonya, who he spoiled until his grandchildren, Hanna, CL and Sydney Jo came along who were his pride and joy and he loved to watch them compete in their sports. All his nieces and nephews he also considered his grandchildren and made sure to spoil them every chance he got.
Larry was a jack-of-all-trades. He worked at the Mandan Western Store, Sweetheart Bakery, horse trainer at North Star Stables with Lee Selland, Solen elevator with his dad, Jake, drove gas truck and was a rural mailman. He was also head custodian for Solen/Cannon Ball schools for many years, mayor of Solen, and owner/operator of Last Chance Saloon, Solen. Larry had a great sense of humor and loved joking, teasing and visiting with his friends, family and customers at Last Chance.
Larry was an avid rodeo competitor in his day and loved good horses. He competed in many events, but calf roping was his specialty. He won multiple championships in many associations, including RRA, NDRA and SRRA. Larry also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his family. Larry was a rodeo dad to many and when he wasn’t helping his daughter or granddaughter, you could often find him behind the chutes tightening cinches and tying on ropes.
Larry was many things to many people, but his legacy can best be summed up with these simple words: Be strong, but not rude, Be kind, but not weak, Be bold, but don’t bully, Be humble, but not timid, Be proud, but not arrogant. — The Cowboy Way
Larry will be deeply missed by his mother, Fern Froelich; wife, Darlene, Solen; daughter, Sonya (Cody) Weinberger, Breien; sister, Karen (Mike) Riedinger, Bismarck; brother, Mark (Carol) Froelich, Bismarck; grandchildren, Hanna Weinberger, C.L. Weinberger, Sydney Weinberger; and nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Jake Froelich.
Memorials may be made to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the guest book and share memories with his family.