Larry Arthur Mongan, age 76, of Emily died peacefully on February 19, 2020, within the loving arms of his wife and comfort of his home. He was tired from the battle with an asbestos related disease and ready to move on to his heavenly home. He was born on May 15,1943, in Crosby, MN to Jim and Virla (Fletcher) Mongan. He married Marlys Libby on September 14, 1966, at the First Methodist Church in Emily, MN.
Larry spent his early childhood in Northern Minnesota and moved with his family to Sandpoint, ID in 1951. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. Following discharge, he settled in Libby, MT until moving back to his roots in Emily, MN in 1993 until his death. Larry worked 27 years for St. Regis lumber company then owned and operated a gunshop for 4 years. Larry was an avid reader of non-fiction, enjoyed hunting, loved fishing, and spent many enjoyable months traveling with his wife and dog in the motorhome. Larry and his wife shot competitively in practical shooting for 10 years with many trophies to attest to his skill. Larry enjoyed classical country music, played a harmonica, and loved motorcycles. He was a lifetime member of the United States Practical Shooting Association, member of the NRA since 1966, Life Member of 24th Infantry Division Association, Member of American Legion Post 1982, and Member of Military Historical Society of MN.
Larry is survived by wife Marlys, sister Joyce (Stan) Findlay Sagle, ID, brothers Derald (Cheryl) Mongan Athol, ID, Mike (Sandy) Mongan Hayden Lake, ID, sisters-in-law Mary Fletcher (Keith Osvold), and Susie (Jesse) Nix. Larry and Marlys had no children of their own but Larry considered his nephew Roy and wife Darcy as well as his niece Alauna and husband Chris as his own kids and loved Tia and Anaka as grandchildren. Other survivors include his nieces Cindy, Sherry, Natalie, Tammy, Tina, Heather, Kara, Landy, Teisha, Tara and Shawn and nephews Bart, John, Jim, Mike, Kirk, Seth and Caleb as well as uncles Gus Fletcher, Jerry Fletcher and Danny Fletcher of Emily plus aunt Linda Hilger of Iowa. Missing him in the family home is his constant four legged companion, Buddy.
Larry was proceeded in death by his parents, in-laws Irene and Russell Libby, sister-in-law Marty Evans, brother-in-law Ron Aamodt, his cousin and fishing partner Dean Fletcher and dear friends Ronnie Green, Alan Owens, Eddie Brown, Jim Racicot, Army buddy ‘Mouse’ Mountzoures and Jill and Harold Crill. Waiting for Larry at the Rainbow Bridge were Sloopy, Spike, Alia, Hennie, Sara and Eddie.
A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Emily United Methodist in Emily. Military honors will be presented by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
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