January 20, 2011
Larry Bill Vroman, 61, of Harding County, passed away on Jan. 18, 2011 after a battle with cancer.
Larry was born in Belle Fourche, SD, on May 12, 1949. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1967 and went on to further his education at South Dakota State University where he graduated with an Animal Science Degree in 1971. He returned home from college to reside on the family ranch and marry his high school sweet heart, Claudia Matson on Sept. 23, 1972. Larry and Claudia spent their life and raised their boys on the ranch.
Larry was a creature of habit. Most days started early with a morning flight in his Super Cub. Many neighbors awoke to his voice on the radio giving the daily report of what he saw from the air. He loved flying his plane, not only to check on his and neighbors cattle, but also to observe things such as the growth of baby eagles in their nest.
Larry worked tirelessly to make ranch improvements. From fixing windmills or machinery to building fence, he could always get the job done. Somehow, he seemed to have anything he needed in his pickup or in a pile somewhere in the old shop where only he could find it. He could get pretty creative in order to save a trip to town.
He loved his life on the ranch, having good grass and happy cattle. He was truly a cowboy’s cowboy. When he was young his parents raised ponies, it was his job to ride the rough string. This is when his love for challenging horses began and continued until death. A horse never got very old under Larry’s saddle. As soon as one got half gentle, he was ready to start over with a fresh one. He was a very gifted roper, but more importantly, he loved to teach the art of roping. His arena was always open to anyone with an interest in roping and a willingness to work.
Larry is survived by his wife, Claudia; two sons Taylor Vroman, and Ryan (Kelcee) Vroman, both of Harding County; one grandson, Jace Vroman; parents Bill and Verona Vroman of Buffalo; sister, Linda (Bill) Otis of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Mark (Jo) Vroman of Harding County; mother-in-law, Jean Matson of Spearfish; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Ross Vroman; and father-in-law Charles Matson. He will be deeply missed by all those who loved him.