The funeral service for Lawrence "Larry" Stafford, 77, of Ipswich, is 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Ipswich. Burial will be in Ipswich City Cemetery.
Visitation is 5-7:00 PM Monday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich.
Larry was born October 10, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa. Glenn and Lucille (Simon) Stafford were thankful to adopt him. He grew up on the Stafford farm near Loyalton, attended country school at Liberty Bell School in Liberty township, and went on to Ipswich High School, graduating in 1963. Following graduation, he was employed with a custom harvester and went to Canada. He then worked for local farmers.
Larry married the love of his life, Dianne Hagele, on December 30, 1966 in Ipswich, where they made their home. Larry worked at the Ipswich Lumber Yard, and was an Edmunds County deputy sheriff for a short time. Larry & Dianne moved to the Stafford farm where he later began farming with his Dad. Eventually, his son, Jim, moved to the farm to continue the family farming tradition.
All who know Larry knew of his love for speed. He drove fast and was able to do that on the race track with his street stock race car #100. Dianne’s concerns limited Larry’s time in the driver seat, however he could surely be found in the stands at many race tracks around the area. Larry also found much joy and laughter in being a bus driver for many years where he formed some lasting relationships, and even slowed down to deliver the children safely.
Larry had an interest in IHC tractors, owning several, parading with some, and collecting many things IHC related. Larry was a charter member of the Ipswich Lions Club and remained active until recently, holding many offices throughout the years. He coordinated several blood drives and could often be found working the concession stand at Ipswich school activities.
Most important to Larry, though, was family. He and Dianne made every effort to attend their children’s and grandchildren’s events, and always showed their love. Larry gained additional family when he researched and found his biological family. Special connections and relationships have been made ever since with trips, phone calls, and Facebook.
Larry died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen.
Survivors include: his wife of 54 years, Dianne; children, Cindy (Kim) Warkenthien, of Willow Lake, Jim (Sharon) Stafford and Lynette (Mark) Mulder, all of Ipswich. Grandchildren: Austin (Nickollette) Swanhorst, Emmette & Royce, Kyle (Megan Thiewes) Swanhorst, Keagan Swanhorst, all of Willow Lake, Laryn Warkenthien & Rayanna Warkenthien of Watertown, SD; Lacey (Justin) Doescher, Sophia, Harrison, & Hudson, of Bruce, SD, Garrett Stafford of Ipswich, Lexi Stafford of Watertown; Melissa (Lewis Cancel) Gisi, & Evan, of Reedsburg, WI, Kimberly (Jason) Albers, Jayden, Kinnick, & Kellen of Sioux Falls, Michael Mulder of Scottsdale, AZ, & Ben Mulder of Ipswich. Sister Judy (Jerry) Mardian, Aberdeen,SD; sister-in-law Paulette Walker, Livermore, CA, and brother-in-law Larry (Carol) Hagele of Centennial, CO, brothers Jim (Nancy) Loftis of Anacortes, WA, and Bill (Max) Loftis of Surprise, AZ; foster brother Tim (Mary) DeNomme, Phoenix, AZ; foster sister-in-law Helen DeNomme of Las Vegas, NV, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn & Lucille; in-laws Albion & Mabel Hagele; nephew Joseph Hagele; and a great-niece, foster brother, Daryl DeNomme; and biological family, Gary, MaryAnn & Peggy.
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