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Larry J. Giller

Larry J. Giller Lawrence Giller, 85, of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Larry with his wife Virginia and children came to Manhattan in 1976 following his career as an Air Force pilot. The family found Manhattan and the Seven Dolors Parish to be a welcoming home and made many friends.

Born March 8, 1933, in St Joseph, Missouri to Roy and Edith (Harris) Giller. Larry graduated from Maur Hill Prep School in Atchison, Kansas and attended Benedictine College before joining the US Air Force. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a BS in Business.

Larry and Ginny met in Atchison and their first date was a New Year’s Eve dance. They married at St Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, Kansas two years later, on December 27, 1958. In the Air Force they traveled the country living in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, California, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Then Larry served in Vietnam while the family returned to Kansas, followed by North Dakota, Massachusetts, and back to Kansas. He flew the KC-135 tanker around the world, and the C-130 transport in Vietnam. Larry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat. While Larry loved to talk about the Air Force, he was humble about his service. Larry and Ginny had both a sense of duty and sense of adventure in their lives together.

In Manhattan, Larry became the Safety Officer for Ft Riley and worked to keep soldiers safe. He gave back to Manhattan, including volunteering for the Knights of Columbus, was a regular Sunday mass lector, and prepared taxes for the less fortunate. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren play in basketball, baseball, and volleyball games at all levels. Larry often said Manhattan was a wonderful home for the family.

In addition to Ginny, he is survived by four children; Mike (Jennifer) Giller of Evergreen, Colorado, Tom (Mary Kevin) Giller of Manhattan, Pat Giller of Overland Park, Kansas, and Ann (Jeff) Yuska of Berthoud, Colorado. Larry and Ginny are blessed with ten grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. Larry was very proud of them all and they all looked up to him.

Larry was the second of six children; Paul Giller of Little Rock, Arkansas, Father Roderick Giller of Atchison, Jim Giller (deceased), Mary Hanny (deceased), and Kathy Coots of Atchison. He was proceeded in death by Mary Ann Giller the infant daughter of Larry and Ginny, and by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, on Wednesday, February 20, at 11:00 AM. Followed by Internment at Sunrise Cemetery, with full military honors, and then lunch at Seven Dolors Church.

A visitation and rosary service will be at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan on Tuesday, February 19, with the visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 7:00p.m. The family welcomes all to celebrate a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Giller are suggested to the Manhattan Catholic Schools or to Maur Hill Prep in Atchison. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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