Larry Teichmer, of French Lick, IN, where he and his wife Terry had made their home after leaving Ponca City, OK, passed away September 6, 2017 from acute leukemia.
Larry was born in Ponca City, son of Walter William Teichmer Jr. âBillyâ and June Hise Teichmer. Larryâs family lived in Ponca City in the âOsageâ until he was in Junior High. The family relocated to a small farm outside of Ralston where he finished high school and started his own adventures in life.
Larry met and married Terry Cooper in Ralston Oklahoma 1973, they were married in 1975. The couple relocated to Ponca City in 1978 and were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Dominique Teichmer, in 1979. Larry also started his career with Conoco Inc. in 1979, and retired with a medical retirement in 1997. Larry built a home with love for his family in 1982 in the âOsageâ where they lived for 32 years before moving to Indiana. Larry helped his lifelong friend Henry Hunt Jr. and wife Janet to build their home in the Osage next to his.
For those of you who knew Larry, he was a very protective husband and father. Larry did not know what âcanâtâ meant. He was strong in mind, body and soul. Larry tried many things in his life including working for the FBI in Washington D.C., building silos across the nation, working in the oil fields all over Oklahoma and Kansas, and having his own farm machinery business. He was a great mechanic, but he was a country boy at heart. Larry had a gift for creation, which showed in the home he build for his family in Ponca City along with the knives and gun stocks he made.
Larry was a simple man, nothing fancy, never tried to impress anyone. He had a tremendous drive to create. His favorite activities in his earlier years were building dune buggies with Henry Hunt Jr., motocross racing with Bo Renfro, and dirt track auto racing with Barry Barton.
He was a member of the Conoco Inc. fire brigade until his retirement, a volunteer firefighter with McCord fire department and served on the board of directors of McCord volunteer fire department.
Larryâs passion was the outdoors, he loved the woods and his dogs. He did not think of cutting wood for the winter as a chore, it was relaxing for him to be with Ivan Koger in the woods cutting trails, trapping hogs and exploring nature. Life is good when you have your buddy with you! Making trips to Colorado with Barry Barton and Russell Barden to elk and deer hunt, hiking up the mountain with all their supplies on their backs was a joy for him.
Larry was picky who he shared his time and experiences with. He often said he related to his dogs more than people, all they wanted was to be treated good, fed and loved and they were more loyal to him than most humans.
Larry is survived by his wife Terry Teichmer, his daughter Dominique Teichmer Bahr, son-in-law Jarrod Bahr, two beautiful granddaughters Cheyenne and Savannah Bahr, his beloved dogs Sasha and Shen, all in Indiana. His mother, June Teichmer of Tonkawa, OK, sister Sonja Cole and her husband Howard Cole of Tonkawa, OK, niece and nephew Stefanie Wyler and Richard Wyler Jr. also of Tonkawa, OK, brother-in-law Marvin Cooper and his wife Linda Cooper of Green Valley, AZ along with many cousins.
Larry was proceeded in death by his father, Walter William Teichmer Jr. âBillyâ, mother-in-law Ollie Cooper, aunt and uncle, Jean and Jack Kimball, and brother-in-law Richard Wyler. His passing is a loss for all who knew and loved him. Larryâs wish was to be cremated without a formal ceremony. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. Larry was a very unique man, he died as he lived, his way.