Larry Michael Guptill, age 66, of Columbus Montana passed away in the early morning of April 1, 2023.
Larry was born June 27, 1956. He grew up in Fromberg and graduated in 1975 at Fromberg High School. .
He was working for Burlington Northern Railroad and later enlisted in the United States Army. He served as Military
Police from 1975 to 1978. Larry re-enlisted in the Army, 14 th Engineers from 1987 to 1990 as
On September 19,1981, Larry married his high school rivalry and friend, Hope Thatcher of Park
City. They have two daughters, Lisa Woods, husband Kevin and sons Alex and Samuel of Billings;
Tiffany Meyer, husband Clint and children Boyd and Arena stationed currently in Germany.
On June 27, 2016 Larry retired from engineering for Montana Rail Link Railroad.
Larry enjoyed the outdoors and was always out working with his horses, driving around town in
his side by side, working around his house or helping anyone that needed a helping hand. He
always had a smile and laugh and some would say he was full of piss and vinegar. He always had
a wise crack to say and made everyone laugh. He had a heart as big as the moon.
Larry had gone through some surgery through the years and his wife told him he will be a new
man. She told him if he wasn’t so wild in his younger years, he wouldn’t need new parts. He
said he would do it all again.
Larry loved his family and friends were like family. He spent lots of time clearing snow for the
neighborhood and meeting his friends for coffee and discussing world events.
His love for his two daughters, sons-in-law and especially his grandchildren showed in his face.
He would have the biggest smile. Attending the grandchildren school and sports events were
the highlight of his days. Larry also had a rescue cat named Sandy that he shared a breakfast
egg with every morning.
Larry’s life was cut way to short as he had a lot of plans for the future. He had planned lots of
camping, fishing, hunting adventures and traveling. He enjoyed his hunting trips with his best
friend Guy Martin.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Alice Guptill, his in-laws Wes and LeDena
Thatcher, and family and friends lost but never forgotten and his horses and family pets.
Larry, you will always be in our hearts. As you leave us to soon our hearts are broken and will
never mend but you always made sure we stayed strong. You were my calm to me being a
storm. Rest in Peace my love. May We Meet Again.
A Graveside committal service will be at Yellowstone National Cemetery 55 Buffalo Trail Road, Laurel,
Montana at 10:00 am. April 10, 2023. A reception will follow at the Laurel LDS Church fellowship hall.