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Larry James McLaughlin

Larry McLaughlin, of Midland, South Dakota, passed on Monday, September 20, 2021, at his home north of Midland at the age of 61.

Larry James McLaughlin was born on July 27, 1960, in Pierre, South Dakota, to Raymond "Mac" McLaughlin and Teresa (Nemec) McLaughlin. His childhood began North of Midland on the family ranch.

His education started in the Phoeba Country School. The family later moved to Minnesota where Larry completed schooling through the 11th grade. His senior year, he had the opportunity to move back to Midland and there graduated High School.

During this time, he won the heart of Julie Schofield. They were united in marriage on September 2, 1978. This union was blessed with three children.

Larry enjoyed the country life, growing up along with his seven siblings and his uncle Tom. Tom and Larry's adventures would continue throughout his lifetime.

It was during this time that Larry developed his love of horses. He soon became an accomplished rider.

He was well known for his ability to break and train horses and provided this service for the people in the Midland community and surrounding areas. His father-in-law, Hank Schofield, shared his love of horses and many hours were spent and memories made while working together on the Schofield Ranch.

During his senior year, Larry lived with John and Judy Fosheim and was employed with Fosheim Oil Company in Midland. He later worked for Evan's Oil of Midland and was a longtime employee Scotchman Industries in Philip, South Dakota. On the side, Larry and Julie worked together to develop LJ Pheasant Farm, which they successfully ran for several years.

Family was the highlight of Larry's life. He enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren's activities such as basketball, football and track events, drag races, driving RC cars, riding four wheelers and having adventures of all kinds with them.

He eagerly volunteered to pick up the grandkids from school at the end of his workday. Grandpa Larry was the best.

He earned a special place in many people's hearts. He will be missed as a husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Julie, of 43 years; children, Misti, Joshua, Caleb and their families; and seven brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond "Mac" and Teresa (Nemec) McLaughlin; parents-in-law, Harry "Hank" and Pauline Schofield; brothers-in-law, Will and Travis Schofield; maternal grandparents, Ernest and Bessie Nemec; and paternal grandparents Emerson and Emily McLaughlin.

Funeral services were Sunday, September 26 at the Midland Gymnasium, with Pastor Tel Saucerman officiating. Private family graveside services followed at the Midland Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip, South Dakota.