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Larry "River Rat" L. Leupold

Larry Larry “River Rat” Leupold, age 76, of Manhattan, was reeled in back home to Heaven on Saturday December 15, 2018, at his home in Manhattan.

He was born on September 13, 1942 in Frankfort, Kansas, the son of Newman and Esther (Ramsey) Leupold.

On April 10, 1973 in Manhattan, he was united in marriage to Ida Moyer. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

Larry worked as a car salesman for Bittersweet Autos and also Wildcat Auto. He then operated the River Rat Bait and Tackle Shop by the tubes at Tuttle Creek Lake.
He loved to be outdoors. Hunting and especially fishing were his passion. He taught many people over the years how to fish the river and the tubes at Tuttle Creek. Many stories and many “big” fish were caught by Larry and his friends. He was always sharing the fish he caught with family and friends. Larry also loved to watch NASCAR races. He delighted in growing roses and weeping willow trees.

He worked hard to support and provide for his family over the years. It was important that they were taken care of. Larry was a member of the Crestview Christian Church in Manhattan. After retirement he was a foster parent for over seventeen years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Kandy White, his sisters, Marilyn Ward, and Lucretia Picolet, and also three grandchildren: James, Jayne, and Annie.

In addition to Ida, his wife of over 45 years, Larry is survived by his children: Camelia Owens, of Manhattan, Bill White (Kim), of Topeka, and Keneene Archuleta-Leupold, of Manhattan; his brother, Bill Leupold (Bonnie), of Manhattan, his sisters: Sharon Seematter, of Frankfort, and Sherry Estes (Dick), of Marysville; and also his 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services for Larry will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Crestview Christian Church, 4761 Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, with Pastor Devin Wendt officiating. Private Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crestview Christian Church Building Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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