Larry was born May 25, 1926, to Joseph Regello and Mary Ghigonetto Regello in Richmond, Calif. Nearly two years later Larry’s sister, Joyce was born. Joseph died in 1937, and for several years the young family dealt with hard times. Mary remarried in 1942 to Wilbur Beasley. Wilbur brought 3 young daughters to the family, and became a loving stepfather to Larry and Joyce. Ken and Karen were born to Wilbur and Mary in 1944 and 1945, completing the family.
In 1944, Larry graduated from Richmond Union High School and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a hospital corpsman for two years. While working at miscellaneous jobs, he attended University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1950. He then began his lifelong career as a high school English teacher. He received a master’s degree in liberal arts in 1960 from San Francisco State College. Larry was married for a time to fellow teacher Madge Marie Holland, who remained his very dear friend for the rest of their lives.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s various members of the family moved to Idaho and Larry became a frequent summer visitor. The entire family looked forward to these visits, as they meant lots of fun and entertainment as well as lots of hard work, since one of Larry’s favorite hobbies was building (with manual labor only) many large rock terraces. In exchange for him taking us kids places, we were expected to move rocks with him, as well as operate shovels and rakes. His answer when asked for the reward before completing the work was “no rakey, no takey”! Some of us grew up to use this expression with our own children/ grandchildren.
Through the 1970’s and into the 1980’s Larry continued to work in California and spend summers with us in Idaho. He eventually bought a piece of land near us and had a home built, to which he retired in about 1985. He spent much of his time maintaining, decorating and furnishing his house, as well as landscaping, which of course included more terraces. He said moving rocks by hand was fun for him!
Larry was an avid reader and loved art and music. He loved to entertain family and friends at his home and liked to play cards and board games, especially Scrabble. He beat almost everyone, most of the time. He enjoyed the constant company of his small dogs and they went everywhere with him. When any family member needed help, be it financial, labor, advice, or just a good talk, Larry was there for us. Even when dealing with some serious health issues later in life, Larry remained positive and as active as possible.
Larry died Feb. 26, 2018, at Syringa Hospital. He was 91 and I think he would say most of those years were pretty good ones. He was predeceased by his parents; stepfather, Wilbur; sister, Joyce; brother, Ken; nephew, Bill Hart; his little dog, Max; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and good friends.
He is survived by his sister, Karen Cox; sister-in-law, Pam Beasley; stepsisters: Lois, Dorothy, and Tina; nephews: James Cox and partner, Michelle, Zach and Austin Beasley; nieces: Bennie Hart and husband Joel Anderson and Connie McLean and husband Cliff; and many great and great grandnieces and nephews, and last, but not least, his little dog, Puck.
We would like to thank Dr. Tema Jessup and other staff at Syringa Hospital for the care and compassion they gave to Larry there and Teddy, the occupational therapist at Grangeville Health and Rehab for the extra effort he gave to keep Larry moving as long as possible. A very heartfelt thanks from all of us goes to Tish Bedard, Larry’s caregiver and new friend for his last months at home.
We will all miss Larry greatly and we are sure he will be able to talk someone into a rousing game of Scrabble.
Cremation has taken place. There are no planned services at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.
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