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Larry Gene Trygstad

September 20, 1950 ~ December 31, 2021 (age 71)


Larry Gene Trygstad went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully from his home on December 31st, 2021. Services will be held at a later time when the warmer winds can bring us together.  Condolences may be sent to Dixie Jungwirth at 417 E. 1st Street, Redfield, SD 57469 and/or Teresa Ruckman at 81 CR 4021A, Dayton, TX 77535.  Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield has been entrusted with arrangements.  (

Larry was born on September 20th, 1950, in Houston, Texas, to Lawrence and Adele (Olsen) Trygstad. He was the 7th of 9 children in their family. Larry loved telling stories about his big family and growing up in Houston. Some of his fondest memories were of his family taking road trips all over the country. He would often say, "I don't know how Mama did it!" Family was always a top priority and he continued throughout his life to travel to see family. In June of 2021, he made his last trip to Texas to see his brothers and sisters. He knew his time was near and he was grateful to get to say good-bye.

After attending Sam Houston High School, Larry married Doris May and to their union they welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Teresa Lynette on July 25th, 1969. Life took Doris and Larry in different directions, and Larry's sense of adventure, and somewhat free spirit, drew him to start a trek to Alaska. He decided he would stop in North Dakota where his grandparents had lived, and thought it was a good place to make some money for his trip.

Shortly after his arrival, he met Rita Marie Grammond from Forman, ND. He realized she was pretty special and he shouldn't let her go, so after a short courtship, they were married on May 6th, 1974. Larry and Rita made their home in their beloved Rutland, ND, where they made many close friends and were able to spend time with family. They welcomed their firecracker, Dixie Lee, on July 4th, 1979. Larry missed his Texas family, so they packed up and moved to Sargent, TX in 1982. They found work where it was available and spent much time at the beach and finding the best fishing spots. Larry's father moved to Sargent and lived with them. The time that their family got to spend with him was cherished.

In 1987, Larry and Rita decided to return to Rutland, ND, and a few years later Rita started a career in Britton, SD. The family moved to Britton, and Larry started his own business, Nu-Way Roofing. Larry would never admit it, but he was somewhat a savant when it came to building and fixing things. He started young, learning about the building trades by reading a book his brother, Bill, gave him. It fascinated him and he could picture it in his mind. Eventually he learned everything he needed to know to build a home from start to finish. He was also very mechanically inclined and could fix pretty much everything. He would travel to ND, MN, and TX to do work for relatives. When the internet came along, he would research for hours and soak up as much information as he could. In these last few years, if something broke down, he would tell you, "Go to YouTube, type in the make, model, and serial number, and what is wrong. It will tell you what you need to do." Many of you probably got some similar advice.

Eventually, Larry decided it was time to let someone else be in charge. He closed down his business and went to work for Max Davidson Plumbing and Heating. He really enjoyed his co-workers there and teaching other people how to fix things. He worked for Max until a decline in his health no longer made it safe. He missed them very much. Larry and Rita went their separate ways, and Larry had grown hateful of the long, cold winters. He decided in 2010 to return to Sargent, TX, and spend his retirement doing fix-it jobs for less fortunate people, fishing and spending time with family and friends. While in Sargent, Larry met and married Talitha Trygstad in a beautiful ceremony on the beach. They enjoyed worshiping together, helping others, sitting on the porch, and spending time with friends and family. Larry's health had declined even further, and Talitha did the best she could to take care of him, but eventually they grew apart. In February of 2020, at the very beginning of the pandemic, Larry made the decision he said he never would, and came back to the cold north so his daughter could help care for him. While here, he enjoyed time with his family at family dinners and holidays. His granddaughters appreciated getting to know their grandpa a little better. He had a cozy, comfortable little apartment and everything he needed.

Those of us that knew and loved Larry should take comfort in knowing he will be right there waiting for us with his huge smile, belly laugh, a few new stories to share, and a great big hug. His heart was giving, his mind was exceptional, and his love was unconditional. Know you were loved and honor his memory by showing kindness to others, just as he would.

Larry is watching over his daughters: Teresa (Steve) Ruckman, of Dayton, TX, and Dixie (Daryl) Jungwirth, of Redfield, SD; his grandchildren: Jake (Shyanne) Johnston, Elizabeth (Travis) Honeycutt, Samuel Ruckman and fiance' Erin Gates, JR Ruckman and fiance' Mia Fink, Timothy Ruckman, Bella Hartman, and Hope Hartman; and his great-grandchildren Evalyn, Kenton, Thompson, Azalea, and Dahlea. He is also survived by his sisters: Marolyn (Ed) Blaire, of Houston, TX, Diane (David) Jans, of League City, TX, and Shannon "Susie" Ricles, Newport News, VA; two brothers: Bill (Trinh) Walls, of Houston, TX, and Mark Trygstad of Lake Jackson, TX: and one aunt, Nila (Bud) Carpenter, of Minneapolis, MN. Larry was blessed with too many nieces, nephews, and cousins to list and he loved each and every one of them. He also had many close friendships with people from TX, ND, and SD that will miss him greatly. He also continued to have love in his heart for Doris, Rita, and Talitha. 

He couldn't wait to be reunited in Heaven with his Dad and Mom, his brother Buddy, sisters Marie and Nila, grandson Christian, nephew Bubba, and his many aunts and uncles, some cousins, and many friends. 


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