Larry Dale Lusk Obituary
Description: Larry Dale Lusk Obituary... Our Heartfelt Condolences To His Loved Ones...
Larry Dale Lusk (Pa to his family) was born November 18, 1940, in a farmhouse north of Swink to Roy and Hazel (Cummings) Lusk. He lived in the same house all his growing-up years with his two older brothers Wayne and Dean. He attended school in Swink and graduated in 1958. Larry graduated from Otero Junior College in 1961. Following that, he transferred to Colorado State University receiving his Bachelor’s of Science and eventually attained his master’s degree in Vocational Agricultural Education. While pursuing higher education he also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Larry began his teaching career by creating the first Vo-Ag program in Campo for the high schoolers. After three years, the Lord moved them to Fowler so he could educate, encourage, inspire and challenge generations of high school students. His retired from his teaching career after 36 years, but never stopped teaching important life skills to his kids and grandkids.
He married the love of his life and best friend, Edith (Lanny) McNutt on July 8, 1962. They graced six residences over the years and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary year. Three children were born to them: Pamela, Kevin and Ginger. Teaching them to love the Lord, work hard, and value family was Larry and Lanny’s legacy.
Larry developed an apple, peach, and pear orchard at the farm and made it into a “you-pick” operation. Through the orchard, he made many friends and enjoyed seeing them every year at picking season. He also raised cattle and alfalfa.
After he retired from farming, he and Lanny moved to north La Junta where he planted a few more apple trees thinking of the generations to come. Both Larry and Lanny enjoyed being surrounded by kids, grandkids, and great grand kids and taking them on four wheeler rides.
Larry enjoyed fly fishing, camping, and hosting hobo suppers on the farm with family and friends. One could always count on hearing a tale from Larry at these gatherings. He was a master storyteller, and always had an ornery gleam in his eyes that kept us on our toes.
In 2004 Larry and Lanny completed their dream of building a cabin on their land near Trinidad with son-in-law Mike Miner - a special place for the family to gather together and fellowship several times a year. Everyone enjoyed singing and playing music together, especially when Pa pulled out his slide trombone to join in. A love of music was a life-long joy for him which began as a teenager when he was in a vocal quartet that included his brother Dean. Larry and his brother loved playing musical instruments together. Dean, as band director, and Larry, as musician extraordinaire, performed with an actual horse-drawn bandwagon, called the Campo Warrior Band. Singing hymns in 4 part harmony was typical for all car rides.
Larry’s humor and love of music continues to flow through the generations blessing others as Pa blessed us.
Larry is survived by his wife Lanny Lusk. His children and their spouses: Pam and Mike Miner, Kevin and Janell Lusk, and Ginger and Scott Bandy. The grandchildren: Tara and John Woodford, Zach and Becca Miner, Mandie and Zane Saunders, Ethan and Jonessa Miner, Mariah and Lee Davis, Ben, Brooke, Abbie and Addie Miner. Emily and Jacob Magee, Sarah, Levi, Olivia, Heidi, Larry, Samuel, and Zeke Lusk. Rebekah and Jason Eager, Hayley Bandy, Rhett and Kelli Bandy, Aaron and Emma Bandy, and Gabriel Bandy. The great grandchildren: Anna, Joshua, and Abigail Woodford. Harper, Kynleigh, and Kennedy Miner. Aubrey, Stacey, Silas, and Barrett Saunders. Eastyn, Emrhen, Eowyn, and Elias Miner, Rachel, Ezra, Nathan, and Caleb Davis. Ivy, Violet, Andrew, and baby Eager. Rylee and baby Bandy and Mason Bandy.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Bellwood Ustick Funeral Home in Rocky Ford. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 29 at 10:00 A.M. at La Junta Baptist Tabernacle with burial to follow at Valley View Cemetery in Rocky Ford. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bellwood Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.bellwoodustick.com.