Larry Drussel's story began on May 3rd, 1961. Larry was born in California to a young mother. Within three days of his birth, his loving parents picked him up, adopted him, and took him home to Idaho, where his life changed forever. Ruth and Gene Drussel were proud to show off their new baby. Ruth was planning on getting an infant girl, who she was going to name Mary, but when they arrived, they found an infant boy waiting for them who they named Larry. Gene was thrilled to have another boy to help on the ranch. His cousins have said that he was spoiled by his parents and always got awesome new toys. Larry and his cousins shared fond memories of running around the ranch together, causing a ruckus. Larry was known to shoot whatever he could without getting into trouble. He was always seen with his pump-action 22 that his father bought him, walking around killing mice in the fields and shooting things he thought he could get away with. Larry had a happy childhood, filled with laughter, Hard work, and fond memories. He learned to hunt and fish along side his father, uncles, and cousins; those skills followed him through his life. Larry was raised to work hard and was proud of his work ethic, striving to be the best carpenter he could be.
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He met Diane in the early '80s when he moved to California. Slowly he charmed her, and they started dating. Larry and Diane were married In July of 1988. Diane and Larry had their first-born child Jennifer, in 1989, and Larry could not have been prouder. He said his life changed that day, and from that day forward, he wanted to be the best father and family man he could be. Around that time, Larry suggested moving back to his hometown in Idaho to raise his family and settle down. Once in Idaho, Larry and Diane found out they were blessed with another child, Brian, born in 1991.
Larry worked hard for his family. Larry and Diane shared a dream of building a house together. After many years of hard work, it came time to build the house. Larry took it on himself to build the house while Diane worked to pay the bills. Though he was tired, he always found time to tuck his children into bed every night and helped them say their prayers. He attended all the concerts and activities to support his children to show them how much he loved them. Building the house was the first time that Larry's family got to really see him work. Many times, after school and in the summer, his children and wife would come to help him too. Though his kids and wife could not help that much, Larry was proud to show them what he could do and teach them the proper way to handle a hammer. Together the family stood walls within the house. In 2000, Larry and Diane's life dream came true, the house was completed, and was dubbed "The house that love built." Many Happy memories surround that house and the grounds it stands on, and those will never be forgotten.
Larry loved to be outside. When he was not shooting things, he was looking for arrowheads. He shared his love for this with his family and friends. One time, while taking the kids out to look around in the desert, Jennifer asked every five minutes if she had found an arrowhead while picking up chips off the ground. Larry kept looking over and saying, "nope!" after a while, she picked up something else and asked the question again. Larry turned to look at her, ready to tell her, no, to discover a perfect arrowhead. Larry was so excited that she had found it; he was beaming from ear to ear. He proudly shouted to his friend to come to see it and insisted that he keep it in his special box with the rest of the arrowheads until she was old enough to take care of it. Larry loved spending time with his family and friends. Larry was proud of the fact that he taught his children to be able to live off the grid if they ever needed to. He loved to explore and had a love for panning for gold, which he shared with his children. Larry was a great father. He always put his children first, and after building many small makeshift skateboard ramps, he decided to build his son a half pipe to show his love and keep him home more. Brian was thrilled when he learned of this after getting off the bus one day when he was ten years old. A semi-truck was unloading the wood that would soon become his new half pipe. Larry worked tirelessly after work and on weekends to complete his son's dream halfpipe with his son by his side. When it was finished, the halfpipe went down as a part of the history of the house, and when the family was explaining where they lived to people, it was common to hear them say, "I live at the house with the huge half pipe." Larry and Brian were proud of that half pipe for a long time and later learned that it was the biggest one in Idaho. All of a sudden, for a moment, Larry got Brian to stay home more, and suddenly other kids came to his house to skate the ramp brian and his dad built together.
Larry loved music, especially at full volume. He was always drumming on things. Several times in his life, Larry was involved in a band. Playing the drums brought him tremendous joy. He tried to share that love with his family, and they loved it too, but he was the drummer. Brian picked up the drums after a while, and Jennifer learned the violin. One-time, Jennifer and Brian picked up two other kids and started a garage band. The kids set it all up, and everyone got to play songs for the parents and Larry's parents in the house's garage. Larry thought it was pretty cool that his kids did that and was excited to watch the show.
Larry had a love for dogs. When the Drussel's got a new dog named moose, buddy and moose got along right away, chasing each other happily up and down the front yard. Larry was talking with someone when out of nowhere, moose came running up on the unsuspecting Larry, knocking his feet out from under him, sending him flying into the air like a bowling pin and landing on his stomach. He was covered in dirt and dead grass, yelling at the dogs and waving his hands above his head like a lunatic. Everyone laughed, even Larry, when he was done yelling.
When Jennifer and Brian were kids, they heard him talking on the phone with his friends, mostly Steve, and he would always call his friends "dude"; everything was dude. Jennifer and Brian thought that was funny enough to create a game called "dudes" where they were basically friends and did what Larry and Steve did, like hunt, fish, hang out, go on adventures, and anything else they could think of. At the end of every conversation, before he hung up the phone, Larry would say, "we'll talk catcha later, dude." Which is the way Brian and Jennifer would end their game as well. Jennifer and Brian loved to spend time with their dad. They thought he was the coolest thing since sliced bread. He knew this and felt proud that he could be a good role model for his children. Larry loved that he was their real-life superhero.
Larry was always a true friend. He always did what he could to help those he cared about. Larry always wore a friendly smile and came with a warm greeting. His closest friends understood that all they needed to do if they needed help with anything was ask, and Larry was there to lend a hand, from carpentry work, to moving safes; Larry always proved that he was a fantastic friend. He was always someone who people felt comfortable talking to about anything. His closest friends and family knew that the best way to contact Larry was to call him. Larry's children always laughed that he marveled at their abilities to do things on the computer or phone or even type quickly. He was curious about technology but never wanted to have much to do with it. He would always insist, "they will call me if they wanna talk to me!" The memories that we have all made with Larry can not be taken from us; that was his gift to the people who knew and loved him. When you find that you are missing him, remember that one time he put a smile on your face. Though he may not be seen or heard in the traditional sense, know that he is always with you if you can remember the times you have spent together, and his memory lives on in each of us who knew and loved him. "we'll talk catcha later, dude."
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