Lawrence ‚ÄúLarry‚ÄĚ Eugene Meilander passed away on Feb.11, 2013 in Colville.
¬† Larry was born in Ellensburg on April 2, 1944 to George Nicholas and Helen A. Pfaff
¬†Meilander.¬† He attended Lourdes Academy and Ellensburg High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corp in December 1962.¬† He trained at Camp Pendleton prior to being deployed to Vietnam.¬† Larry was always a Marine.¬† On his return home, he lived in Curlew and Inchelium ¬†before returning to Ellensburg.¬†
He married Betty Anderson on Nov. 18, 1978.¬† Jenny was born in 1979 and Nicholas in 1983.¬†
He loved to hunt and whitefish and spent many days camping in the Naneum and Taneum with friends and family.¬† Larry loved his mornings spent drinking coffee at Ron‚Äôs Frontier Tavern.¬† Larry moved north of Colville in 2008 where he had many great friends and neighbors.
He is survived by daughter, Jenny (Dave) Tozer of Ellensburg; and son,¬†Nicholas Meilander of Colville; sister Georgia (Dan) Brunson, nephews Randy (Beth) Brunson, Jeff (Jackie) Brunson, Dustin (Sharon) Brunson, all of Ellensburg.¬†Larry also leaves behind his very special little girl Nipper.
¬†Mr. Meilander was preceded in death by his parents and¬† by a brother,¬† Michael Meilander.
A celebration of life for Larry will be held in Ellensburg on March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Manastash Room of the Kittitas County Fairgrounds.