Larry passed peacefully from this life at his home on the morning of December 3, 2013 after a hard fought battle with intestinal cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and friends during this time.
Larry Lee Ouverson was born in Hendricks, Minnesota, March 25, 1945 to Raymond and Lola Ouverson. He was raised in western Minnesota where he was confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Canby, Minnesota. He attended District 48 country school through the 7th grade and graduated from Canby High School in 1963. Larry attended Saint Cloud State University for 2 years prior to enlisting into the United States Army in 1966, attending flight school and receiving his pilots certification to fly helicopters. Larry served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 flying over 2,000 combat hours for 281st Attack Helicopter Company supporting the 5th Special Forces. Upon returning from Vietnam he was stationed at Ft. Wolters, TX working as a flight instructor until being honorably discharged in December 1971.
Upon completion of his military service Larry returned to Minnesota to continue in the Aviation industry. he managed the Montevideo Municipal airport, offering flight instruction in fixed wing aircraft, charter and crop dusting services. Larry moved to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area in 1985. he was employed as a air medical transport pilot from 1985-2011 with Tulsa Life Flight, AirEvac of Tulsa and retired from AirEvac Lifeteam in March 2011. During that time Larry completed over 4,000 patient transports. he also worked as a corporate jet pilot for Citgo Aviation and was a licensed instructor for both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, logging over 20,000 flight hours in his career. Larry was also a full time rancher in the Rogers County area.
Larry enjoyed a variety of pastimes such as hunting and fishing, spending time with his family and friends, raising and showing Quarter Horses and enjoyed anything aviation related.
Larry is survived by his Mother, Lola Ouverson of Canby, Minnesota; Wife, Cindy Ouverson; one son, Scott Ouverson and his wife, Christy of Talala, OK; one daughter, Nicole and her husband Doug Mader of Oologah, OK; four sisters, Karla Bedner, of Chippewa, IW, ViAnn Kwilinski and her husband Bill Pohlen of La Junta, CO, and Gwenn Ouverson of Chippewa, WI. Also surviving are additional family, Kathy Ouverson, Jeff Kanten and Tatum Kanten; six grandchildren, Michael, Kai and Kendal Ouverson, Bailey, Jacob and McKenna Mader; eight aunts and uncles: Ms Margaret Molnau of Red Wing, MN, Mavis, Mrs. Tom Garrett of Little Canada, MN, Nina, Mrs. Kenneth Benz of Canby, MN, Mr. Elden Ouverson and his wife, Adrienne of Pine City, MN and Mr. Donald Erp of Canby, MN.
He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Ouverson, Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. John and Anna Erp, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest and Marie Ouverson and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.
Pallbearers: Curtis Huffman, Dennis Huffman, Robert Huffman, Steven Ouverson, Jeff Ouverson and Randy Ouverson.
Honorary Pallbearers: Tom Hudson, Jerry McMillin, Tom Lewis, Clay Walker, Time McCrete and William Stien.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Wounded Warrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Blessed be his memory.
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