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Funeral services will take place on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 1:30 PM (Mountain).

Wall Community Center
Wall, South Dakota

Mt. Hope Cemetery
Quinn, South Dakota
6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 31
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
Wall, South Dakota

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In memory of

Larry J. Ruland

of Quinn, South Dakota, died on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 79

Larry Joe Ruland was born to Henry and Helen (Ballard) Ruland on April 5, 1939 in Pinedale, Wyoming. He was a beloved brother to Mary Ann, John, Rita and Hank.

Larry’s love for horses blossomed while he was a small boy, and he carried that love with him for the rest of his life. As a child he worked for the Green River Cattle Association. He started out “jingling horses”, and he spent hours in the saddle making sure the horses were maintained. He graduated to the life of a real cowboy under the wing of Rex Wardell (one of the great ones). Larry spent his life with cattle and horses, and those who knew him can attest that he was a legendary cowboy.

While in his teens, Larry worked at the Z-U Dude Ranch, and he became lifelong friends with those who were drawn to his warm and outgoing personality. The Ruland family lived at the 2-E ranch in Sublette county Wyoming, and early on it was obvious that he would be an asset to that ranch. He proved himself as a genuine cattleman and horseman. He was a fantastic bareback bronc rider, and some of the old timers stated he could have been a champion as good as Larry’s friend Joe Alexander.

Larry was united in marriage to Lenora Bloom on June 2, 1962 in Quinn, SD. They were Blessed with five children: Kelly, Shaun, Lorie, and TJ. Another son, Larry John, was stillborn. Larry and Lenora made their home and their life together on a ranch in Quinn, SD where they remained all their married life. On that beautiful ranch they raised their family and spent their time riding and roping on the prairie. Larry was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid team roper, and spent hours teaching his children, grandchildren and many others (too numerous to count) how to rope and ride. He won numerous, saddles, buckles, breast collars, and other awards, most of which he gave away to family and close friends. He never retired from competing, and at age of seventy-nine he won his last saddle, which he gifted to his great-grandson.

Larry always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a hand that was willing to help anyone in need. He made his home on the prairie of Western South Dakota, but in his heart he was always a mountain man. He and his family made an annual trek to Pinedale, Wyoming every summer to visit the Ruland clan. The memories of Dad teaching the kids to fish and of him sharing all the beauty of his beloved Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains are a treasure.

In the late 90’s Larry and Lenora built an indoor arena and hosted many roping and barrel racing events. They thoroughly enjoyed their time spent in the barn. Larry was a talented horseman who always seemed to find gifts in the horses someone else had given up on. He was the same way with people.

He was the real deal, and he once stated that his greatest achievement was to join Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and he remained loyal to that cause to the end. Helping others beat their addiction to alcohol became a mission in his life, and he made a significant impact on the lives of others in that regard. He rarely missed the weekly meeting, and he found peace and strength through sharing his struggle with others.

Larry passed on the gift of the “Cowboy Way” to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by instilling in them the integrity of what that means. You make mistakes, you dust yourself off, you get up and you try again. Everything they know about horses, ranching and competition came from him. He was the definition of “True Grit”

He was so loved and will be greatly missed by his wife of 56 years Lenora Ruland, daughter Kelly and Jem Kjerstad of Quinn; son Shaun and Michelle Ruland of Quinn; daughter Lorie and Dale Cahoy of Sheridan, Wyoming; son TJ and Miranda Ruland of Quinn. 12 grandchildren; Dillon, Ryan, Brittany, Sister Joan Kolbe, and Paige Kjerstad; Riley and Shelby Ruland; Kylee Frost and Shyanna Cahoy; Iyla, Maverick and Pruitt Ruland. Eight great-grandchildren. His sister Rita (Richard) Summers of Shreveport, Louisiana and brother Hank (Tami) Ruland of Pinedale, Wyoming. Preceding him in death were his infant son Larry John; his parents Henry and Helen Ruland, sister Mary Ann, and brother John.

A visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1 at the Wall Community Center.

Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn. A luncheon will be held at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church following the burial.

6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
Wall, South Dakota

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 1:30 p.m.
Community Center
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Harold Delbridge
Father Dan Juelfs - Father Tim Hoag

Paige Cordes - Vocalist
“Go Rest High On That Mountain”
“How Great Thou Art”

John Dean - Jim Besson - Bob Schofield

All Relatives, Friends and Neighbors

Mt. Hope Cemetery
Quinn, South Dakota

  • I am so sad to learn of Larry's passing. My condolences to his family. Larry was always a source of inspiration and wisdom, I'll miss him. ~ Gregg A Somerset,NJ (4/10/2019)
  • I'm so sorry for your lost. My thoughts and prayers are with the family ~ Shari Harris Bethany, Missouri (4/4/2019)
  • I will miss Larry I never got to know him well, but I will always have fond memories. ~ Kenneth Verne Fitzgerald Gering Nebraska (4/3/2019)
  • I was lucky enough to be friends with Larry the furst decades of his life. He was a deligh. One of my favorite memories was the winter of 1958-9. I came home from school to find Larry and my (tiny southern very much a lady) "rodding" main street in his cutter pulled by his team. I was mortified. ~ Susan Pape Riggs Wyoming (4/1/2019)
  • Sending our thoughts and prayers to Larry's family. Larry was a class act and will be remembered fondly by all. ~ Kim Olson White River, SD (4/1/2019)
  • To the Ruland family, it was an honor to see Larry at the roping so thru the years. Thought and prayers to you as you celebrate a Cowboys gentleman. ~ Flint Fleming Miles City, Montana (4/1/2019)
  • Norie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a true cowboy and gentleman. He will be truly missed. Sincerely, Scott and Jana Jones ~ Scott and Jana Jones Midland, SD (4/1/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. ~ Gary Amos / Walker Refuse Wall (4/1/2019)
  • My sympathy goes out to the family of Larry Ruland, he was always such a quiet unassuming person. ~ Linda Pipal Black Hawk, SD (4/1/2019)
  • Sending our sympathies to all of Larry's family. He was a super nice fellow, always having a smile and kind greeting. Bless his memory. ~ Glenn and Rita OConnell Philip (4/1/2019)
  • So very sorry for the loss of your loved one Larry ~ Ronda Hamann Wall, SD (3/31/2019)
  • Larry and the Wall A.A. group saved my life. I shall miss his ability to make every newcomer feel at ease in their path to sobriety. My deepest sympathy to his family. ~ Kevin Christensen Sparks, Nevada (3/31/2019)
  • Our prayers are with the family, sorry for you loss. ~ Kari and Kendall Kjerstad Grand Junction CO (3/31/2019)
  • My thoughts are with you all during this time. I have many memories of Friday nights at the cottonwood arena being the gate gal for the ropers. ~ Lea Willuweit Ymker Armour SD (3/31/2019)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of Larry's family, remembering the many great times we had together with our kids rodeoing. R.I.P. Larry. ~ Mary Jorensen Sturgis, SD (3/30/2019)
  • My condolences to the family, Larry was a great man and I was honored to call him my friend. May God comfort his family and hold them close at this difficult time. ~ Claude Ramsey Las Vegas, NV (3/30/2019)
  • My Deepest Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (3/30/2019)
  • My family's thoughts & prayers go out to the Larry Ruland family. ~ Aaron, Emily, Ivy & Thomas Kitterman Bel Aire, KS (3/29/2019)
  • My sympathy for the loss of Larry. Lenora and I were roommates in college and I met Larry later. Always intended to stop and visit when I traveled by the ranch, but kept putting it off in my rush to get somewhere. One of those things people regret later. May memories of Larry's life help ease his loss. ~ Darlene Gray Kutzler Huron, SD (3/29/2019)
  • We are so sorry to hear about Larry and I'm sure he will be greatly missed. The last time I saw Larry was at Ray Wardell's funeral in Moorcroft. Dad and I sat with Larry and had a good visit. Lots of good memories! ~ Linda Siek & Bob Lozier Linda (Casper) & Bob (Pavillion) (3/29/2019)
  • Hawaii ~ Tom Clark Pahoa (3/29/2019)
  • Larry you will be missed by so many Larry was the man that always came up and visited at the ropings and if needed help he was always there to lend a hand ,my Dad Jim and him did a lot of ropings together, old timers , Wstr etc , Our hearts go out to all of you!RIP Larry such a great Cowboy! ~ Teri and Jim Alworth Lewellen Nebraska (3/29/2019)
  • Larry was a great roper and cowboy he will always be welcome at my fire. Prayers to the family ~ Mitch Smith Valley city nd (3/29/2019)
  • Very sad Larry has passed. He was a very kind neighbor and always took the time to visit with me. Prayers to the Ruland family. ~ Kiya Kelly Yellowstone (3/29/2019)
  • You're in our prayers ~ Terry Steever Chancellor (3/29/2019)
  • Our condolences to the Ruland family, Larry was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and a kind word. RIP Larry heaven gained a wonderful cowboy! ~ Rick & Kathy Downey Piedmont (3/29/2019)
  • Our prayers to the Ruland family. Larry was a wonderful man, always quick with a hello and a smile. We we're lucky enough to be able to call him neighbor and friend. He will be missed. ~ Brady and Lane O'Rourke Quinn, SD (3/29/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers with you. Our family has many fond memories of Larry and the Ruland family. God bless each of you. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Ron and Tonya Matt Sioux Falls, SD (3/29/2019)
  • Our sincere condolences to your family. ~ Gary and Christine Rsns Rapid City. SD (3/29/2019)
  • I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was always quick with a smile and he was one of Dad's favorite buddies to rodeo with. We'll all miss seeing him around at the rodeos and ropings. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great cowboy. ~ Arlie Hulm Spearfish,SD (3/28/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I have very fond memories of him from when I was growing up and my dad was announcing rodeos all over western SD. I was lucky enough to spend quite a few nights at the Ruland ranch where there was laughter and good times to be had by all. then it was up early to head to wall for the next rodeo performance after the chores were done. Now Larry and dad can catch up on what has been going on for the last 30 years since dad passed on and enjoy a few "coldies"....My condolences to the family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing Larry. Prayers for you all. ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun Martin, SD (3/28/2019)