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Obituary for Larry Kasting

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Larry Kasting

September 8, 1923 - November 5, 2013

Larry Kasting
September 8, 1923 – November 5, 2013
On November 5, 2013 Larry Kasting passed away peacefully on his couch at his home in Hooper, Utah with his fireplace blazing and his TV on – basketball probably. The last six months were tough on him, having undergone five surgeries. But he was one tough little “Banty Rooster”. His two kids called him “Dad”; his three grandkids and two step grandkids called him “Grandpa” and “Gramps”; his wonderful wife, Betty called him “Lar”; his friends called him “Larry”; his customers, suppliers and employees at Clearfield Auto Parts called him “J.R.” But, whatever anyone called him, they were in for a warm response, a hearty handshake, usually a long story and almost always some witty saying that made you laugh or roll your eyes – “You big itchi-bum”.
He loved and lived life to the fullest extent. He loved to be around people and he always had an opinion on everything. Right or wrong, you could rest assured that Larry would tell you what he thought on whatever subject was being talked about.
Although he owned and ran Clearfield Auto Parts, he was always a cowboy at heart. He loved his home, barns and corrals. He loved his horses, goats, dogs and cats-he had an untold number of each over the years. He never considered feeding and caring for his animals a chore-it was a privilege. He loved to ride his horses, hunt deer, elk, ducks, pheasants, geese and antelope and was making a solo trip to Nebraska to hunt deer with his cousins well into his late eighties.
He was an accomplished skier, golfer and trap shooter all of which he actively did until a couple of years ago. In his younger years, he was a pretty good water skier and couldn’t wait for fishing trips to Jackson, Hebgen, Flaming Gorge and Lake Powell. He was even into horse racing for a brief expensive time.
He served his country well in the Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged as an Ensign First Class. He married a cute little Italian girl, Betty Todeschi in 1947. They had two kids and provided for them well.
Larry always willingly gave his time, talent and resources to friends and strangers alike. He was a founding member of “Freedom Riders” and for years would trailer up old “Scooter Bill” and go to the fairgrounds to help disabled kids enjoy and experience horses and horseback riding first hand.
His wife, Betty left this world for greener pastures in May 2011. His son, Kent and his wife, Connie live in Bozeman, Montana. His daughter, Susan and her husband, Tony Cross live in Pleasant View. His grandson Justin Kasting and his wife Karen live in Seattle. His grandson Adam Hemmelgarn and his wife Shelly and their son Kaiden (Larry’s only great grandchild) live in Clearfield. His granddaughter, Carey Hemmelgarn and her fiancé Jack Hershey live in New Jersey; his step grandchildren Kylar and Kenyon Cross live in Pleasant View and his friends live everywhere.
There will be a Rosary in his honor on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Comfort Suites Hotel 2250 South 1200 West Ogden, to be followed by a time to share some stories and memories of the many good times we’ve had with Larry and wish him well on his journey to join up with family, friends, hunting buddies and fellow cowboys who Larry often said “had taken the big trip”.
A Catholic Mass will be celebrated for him at Newman Center Weber State University, 3738 Custer Ave. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden.
In lieu of flowers you can sure make a contribution to Catholic Community Services of Ogden, Utah in his name – Larry would really like that.
Happy Trails Cowboy!!
Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.



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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Time: 5:30 pm -

Comfort Suite


2250 South 1200 West , , Ogden, UT,

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There will be a Rosary followed by a sharing of stories and memories of Larry.

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013

Time: 10:00 am -

Newman Center


3738 Custer Ave., , Ogden, Utah, 84403

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This will be a Funeral Mass service.


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Born: September 8, 1923
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Condolences for Larry Kasting

Johnny Rauzi posted on 11/26/13 Kent and Susan, The link above has a number of condolences posted on the Patriot Guard Website that I wanted to share with you. I hope you are able to view it without any difficulty. Respectfully, Johnny Rauzi


Gary and Marsha Atkin posted on 11/22/13

Kent and Justin: We were so sorry to hear about your father's/grandfather's passing. I know how close you were over the years. The obituary was wonderful and gave us a lot of insight into what a wonderful life he must have had. I did not know that much about him before except that he was obviously a terrific role model judging from the way you both turned out. Our deepest condolences. Gary and Marsha


Bill and Paulette Herman posted on 11/21/13

Kent and Susan, So sorry to read about your dad's passing. I have fond memories of him and Betty from when I was a kid and my mom & dad (Paul & Dottie) would bring us out to your house and we would play. Also Bill has nice memories of when he worked for Larry at Clearfield Auto Parts when we were first married (1971). What a great guy your dad was! Paulette & Bill Herman


Paul Willard posted on 11/19/13

Kent , Susan and families: I know how difficult these times are and I always have had fond memories of the Kastings. Your folks were caring, generous, and so involved in Church and civic things but they always had time for friends and family. Know that you are remembered in prayers and thoughts each day. Paul Willard


Peggy McEntire Stevens posted on 11/18/13

Dear Kent and Susan, Words can not say how sorry I am for the loss of your Father. What a great man. I can not think of my childhood without remembering you dad and mom. They were both so special to me. It was so fun to be their neighbor for most of my life. They both taught me so many things. May you find peace that God can bring to you as you grieve for your dad. Peggy


Charles Crippen posted on 11/18/13

Hi Kent & Susan. I am saddened to read of your father's passing. Having grown up in your neighborhood, I really enjoyed my association with you and your parents, as did my parents. I pray you will feel the love and comfort of our Heavenly Father at this time. Charles Crippen


John Hansen posted on 11/16/13

To the family of JR, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend JR. I met JR probably 40 years ago at the store and saw him several times a week until he retired. My first wife Connie and I really enjoyed JR and I remember my wife making up a special cake once to pay off our bill with Larry and rolled up many paper money bills and bought it in to him. He loved it and gave my wife a big hug and told us that was a first for him. Please take care and may God bless you all as you try and live with out this wonderful man. John & Verla Hansen, Kaysville, Utah


Marti & Pat Verfurth posted on 11/11/13

Susan and Kent (and families) We just heard of your father's passing! He was such a "larger than life" person! We always loved and enjoyed being with him and your mom. No doubt, there will be a "BIG" void in your lives now. Please know that he will be remembered in our prayers and thoughts, as will you! Even though it has been a while since we have seen him, he has a special place in our hearts and many fond memories. May he rest in peace. Fondly, Marti & Pat Verfurth 1617 Sebring Hills Drive Henderson, NV 89052


Sister Luke Hoschette posted on 11/11/13

Dear Susan - I just learned of the death of your dear father. What a joy he was when he came into the hosp. or when I would visit him as a patient. He was always such a "card" and seemed to enjoy life a lot. I'm so glad I knew him. I want you and the family to know of my sympathy and prayers at this time. He is now with your mother - and I bet they are enjoying that a lot. May he rest in peace. With love and prayers, Sister Luke


S. Mary Zenzen posted on 11/11/13

Susan and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you, I enjoyed your dad's stories when we both were at ORMC some years ago. S. Mary Zenzen