Lawrence â€śLarryâ€ť Eugene Meilander passed away on Feb.11, 2013 in Colville.
Â Larry was born in Ellensburg on April 2, 1944 to George Nicholas and Helen A. Pfaff
Â Meilander.Â He attended Lourdes Academy and Ellensburg High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corp in December 1962.Â He trained at Camp Pendleton prior to being deployed to Vietnam.Â Larry was always a Marine.Â On his return home, he lived in Curlew and Inchelium Â before returning to Ellensburg.Â
He married Betty Anderson on Nov. 18, 1978.Â Jenny was born in 1979 and Nicholas in 1983.Â
He loved to hunt and whitefish and spent many days camping in the Naneum and Taneum with friends and family.Â Larry loved his mornings spent drinking coffee at Ronâ€™s Frontier Tavern.Â 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,Â Nicholas Meilander of Colville; sister Georgia (Dan) Brunson, nephews Randy (Beth) Brunson, Jeff (Jackie) Brunson, Dustin (Sharon) Brunson, all of Ellensburg.Â Larry also leaves behind his very special little girl Nipper.
Â Mr. Meilander was preceded in death by his parents andÂ by a brother,Â 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.