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Larry Malcom

February 13, 1940 — October 5, 2023

Cozad, NE


Larry Malcom, 83, of Cozad, Nebraska, died October 5, 2023 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, NE with family by his side.  

He was born on February 13th, 1940, in Custer County north of Cozad, NE, to Arven Sr. and Alice (Melstrom) Malcom.  After graduating from Cozad High School, Larry worked for a plumbing company in Cozad and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.  On November 27th, 1965, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Yvonne Thomalla in Gothenburg, NE.  Larry and Carolyn established Malcom Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, and he was self-employed as owner for decades until his retirement in the early 2000s.

Larry was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend.  He was a hardworking and generous man with a great sense of humor.  Although he was a man of few words, words spoken were ones that were important.  He had a gentle, quiet spirit and a contagious laugh.  Those who spent time with Larry enjoyed his jokes along with his frequent humming, and occasional singing of country music tunes.

Larry enjoyed reading, music, card club, spending time with family, visiting Fonner Park, having coffee with friends and helping family with home renovations. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad. Larry's children have fond memories of time spent with him going sledding in the hills north of Cozad,  pheasant hunting, boating and skiing, going to rodeos, bike riding, going for walks,  attending family gatherings, playing board games, enjoying checkers and ping pong matches, having lots of family pets, and going on family vacations to Colorado, South Dakota, and Kansas. He was a wonderful dad and family-oriented man.

Larry is survived by his children Billie Jo (Steven) Schrad and their children Sydney and Mallory Schrad of Omaha; Angela (Kurt) Fessler and their children Logan and Matthew Fessler of Lincoln; Tony (Norma) Malcom and their children Natalie and Westyn Malcom of Cozad; Jerry (Katie) Malcom and their children Carter, of Avondale, AZ, and Brooklyn (Logan) Stewart of Cedar Bluffs; one great-grandson (Callan) of Cedar Bluffs; sisters Rachel Loyd of Lincoln; LaDonna Williams of Wichita, KS; Joanne Peden of Cozad; brothers Arven Malcom Jr., of Cozad and Dennis (Sheila) Malcom of Callaway; sister-in-law Deb Malcom of Callaway, along with many extended family and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn,  his parents, Arven Sr. and Alice Malcom, and his brother Dave Malcom.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth St, Gothenburg, NE, with the family present.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 12, 2023, 10:00 AM , at Christ the King Catholic Church, 613 W 13th St, Cozad, NE with Fr. JosephRavi as celebrant.

Burial will follow at the Gothenburg Cemetery.

Memorials in memory of Larry may be made to the family for future designation.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, October 11, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel

620 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138

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Funeral Service

Thursday, October 12, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Christ the King Catholic Church

613 W 13th St, Cozad, NE 69130

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