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Lawrence "Larry" Korman
June 12, 1938 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Lawrence “Larry” Roy Korman, 85, of Hamilton, joined the pioneer ancestors on a beautiful autumn Wednesday, October 18, 2023, after saying goodbye to the family and friends who kept him constant company at his bedside. He was born on the Chaffin homestead in Corvallis on June 12, 1938, to Milton Gottlieb Korman and Bertha Chaffin Korman.
Larry worked for Sizer’s Economy Foods in Hamilton as a teenager. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Newell, in 1957, and was a produce manager for Albertson’s in Tacoma, Washington for two years. Homesickness brought him back to the valley, where he continued at Economy Foods until going to work for his mother and father-in-law, Nola and Charlie Stephens, as a car salesman for Hamilton Motor Co. He was valued as a people person, honest and true to his word. He and Sharon raised their three daughters to love the outdoors- camping, fishing, horseback riding and snowmobiling as the seasons changed.
In 1980, Larry opened the door to Korman Insurance Services, and served the valley for 40 years with caring advice and support for his clients. He took great satisfaction knowing that his son-in-law Bryan Jones is carrying his legacy on. He will be remembered by so many for his work ethic, his wonderful sense of humor, his stories of the old days, and his unwavering love of his family, especially for his grandchildren and his grand pets. Larry enjoyed playing a good joke on his friends and family. He was also a good sport when the joke was on him. Coffee hour during the work week could find Larry having a cup of Joe in his favorite booth at the Coffee Cup with his many friends.
Larry will be forever missed. He is survived by his three daughters – Kimberly (Greg) Dowling, Kara Anne Korman, and Kellie Jones; his grandchildren KariLynn Dowling-McClay, Nicholas, Kallan, Nolan and Ladd Grenfell, Kathryn Grenfell Williams, and Tyler Jones. He is survived by his brother Robert (Gwen) Korman, and sister Della Johnson, and two generations of wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother Don and nephew Wade.
Our family has been so blessed to have Larry as our father, grandfather, brother and uncle. We will remember him every day and be ever thankful for his love and encouragement.
A private family interment of ashes at the Riverview Cemetery will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to the Bitter Root Humane Association, Bitterroot Health Hospice or Parkinson’s Foundation.