Larry Schelle

May 20, 1936 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Larry Schelle Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Larry Schelle, 87, of Groton will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 19th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.  Father Gregory Tschakert will officiate.  Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Groton under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday beginning at noon.

Larry passed away January 14, 2024 at Avantara Groton.

Lawrence “Larry” Lee Schelle was born on May 20, 1936 to Anna (Meinen) and Henry Schelle. He grew up on a farm in Reliance S.D. where he learned his strong work ethic and life-time love of raising and riding horses. Larry was proud to have been a “Reliance Longhorn” (an athlete in basketball, baseball, and track) graduating from high school in 1954. 

Larry married Janice Kickland on 10/5/55. They’ve been an incredible example of what it means to build and maintain a strong and loving relationship, having recently celebrated their 68th anniversary. Later in life they enjoyed traveling, especially winter trips to Arizona. 

Larry’s career began working for his brother-in-law in construction followed by working at several lumber companies. He and his family found their home in Groton after initially teaming up with fellow horseman, Jay Swisher, to open S&S Lumber and Hardware. 2023 marked 50 years for the Schelle family business, now owned and operated by Rick and Ryan Schelle, Larry and Jan’s oldest and youngest sons. Larry was the heartbeat of S&S well into his 80s. He was admired and appreciated by so many for his dedication to and knowledge of his business, his ever ready smile and witty conversation, his “do anything for you” customer service, and his honesty and integrity.  

Ever blessed and grateful to have had Larry in their lives are his wife, Janice, his seven children, Cherry, Lisa, Loren “Rick” (Dianne), Ron (Heather), Gail, Russell (Rosellen), and Ryan (Jennifer) Schelle, his seven grandchildren, his sister, Helen, his sisters-in-law, Carole and Diane, and his brother-in-law, Ryan “Rocky” (Denisha), and his many nieces and nephews. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Henry “Junior” and Loren, and sisters Louisa May and Rita. 

Larry was known by his family, friends, and community as being very dedicated to and proud of his family, strong in his faith, a pillar of the community, and an incredible role model.  He was a jokester, kind, easy-going, welcoming to newcomers and genuinely interested in people, always having time for everyone (no matter how busy he was.) Larry was a steady and fun friend, supportive of young people (loved rooting for his kids, grandkids, and others in their activities), a rhubarb dessert lover, and “one of the great ones”. 

Among his many interests and activities, Larry bred and showed Quarter Horses, was a founding member of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, and a board member for the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association and Youth Advisory Board.  He was also an active community member serving on numerous boards including the NW Lumberman’s Association, South Dakota Retail Lumberman’s Association, and Groton Economic Development and participating in Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce. 

Thank you for helping us celebrate Larry’s life and to bid him happy trails…until we meet again. 

Memorials may be directed to SEAS Catholic Church, The Food Pantry in Groton, or SPURS in Aberdeen.



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