Larry Dean "Tony" Arrowsmith
Larry Dean “Tony” Arrowsmith was born Oct. 18, 1937 to Floyd E. and Marcella M. (Grandstaff) Arrowsmith at Stuart, NE. His early years were spent on the family ranch south of Newport and moved to Bassett in 1948. Tony attended rural school south of Newport and Bassett Grade schools. He graduated from Rock County High school in 1955.
Tony attended Colorado A&M in Fort Collins, CO for one year, returning home to join the family ranch operation. Tony entered into the military service in September 1961 and was discharged in June of 1963. His time was spent at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Fort Lewis, WA. Tony once again returned to the ranch operation.
Tony married Judy Christensen on Sept. 15, 1963 at the United Methodist church in Newport. They moved to the Arrowsmith Carns ranch on the Niobrara River north of Bassett. In 1991, they then moved to the Arrowsmith Hay Camp ranch. Two sons were born to this union, Anthony “Tony” born on Nov. 3, 1964 and Bradley was born on Oct. 11, 1966. Tony loved the ranch, the grey hounds, Hereford cattle and in later years, Red Angus cattle. He enjoyed his family and his many friends.
Tony died on Aug. 25, 2008 at the hospital in Gregory, SD, 14 months after learning he had cancer. Tony was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wanda. Tony is survived by his wife Judy; sons, Anthony “Tony” and wife, Donna, of Bellevue, NE; Bradley and fiance, Shelly Whittington of Bassett; and grandchildren Thomas, Tyler, Anthony, Anna, Ashley, Rachelle and Hanna; Paul and Jessica Brown; Brooke, Shannon and Jon Alstrom; brothers, Rex and wife, Cheryl, of Bassett, and Dennis and friend, Cheri Christensen, of Fremont, NE.
Memorial services were held on Aug. 30, at the Rock County High School gymnasium in Bassett. Music was provided by Teresa Bammerlin and the service was conducted by Pastor Kenley Udd. The eulogy was given by Larry Shepperd. Honors were conducted by members of Bassett American Legion Post 123. Inurnment was at the Newport Cemetery alongside his parents, grandparents and sister. Hoch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.