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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Larry Estill

Larry Dean Estill

Wednesday, February 12th, 1958 - Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Larry Estill left his temporary home on July 21, 2020, and entered into eternity, greeted by our Sweet Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Larry battled COVID-19 for two weeks, valiantly fighting with every breath he took. Family and friends prayed for a miracle. The miracle we received was to bring Larry home, allowing him to spend his last moments with his family.

Our “Big Lar” was born to Elmer Estill Sr. and Florence Burkhardt on Feb 12, 1958, in Billings. He came into the world with his twin brother Gary. They joined sisters, Billie Sue, Lawanda and Lavonda as well as his brother John who resided in California. The family grew with the addition of Elmer JR. (Buddy) and Tera.

Larry spent most of his youth in Billings, eventually moving to California to join his dad, brother John, and sister-in-in-law Mary Jo. He loved spending time at the beach, attending baseball games, concerts, and family gatherings.

In the summer of 1984, after returning to Billings, Larry met his soulmate, life partner, his one and only, Brenda Heafner. They were married a year later at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral. Together they brought three beautiful boys into the world, Kade, Karter and Kolter.

In the spring of 1998 at the Easter Vigil, Larry was Baptized, Confirmed, and received his 1st Holy Communion. As he would say, he was ready to join his family and no longer be sitting on the outside!
Larry loved our Lord. He prayed daily and attended Mass faithfully. He was not ashamed to pray or to share his faith with anyone. He left a legacy for his boys of how a man, husband, and father should always put God first.

Larry began his career with the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in 1990. He was an exemplary officer who was respected by co-workers as well as his “clients”, those who visited and those who stayed awhile. He was proud of his job and of his fellow Law Enforcement family.

For all who knew Larry, it was his family, Brenda, Kade, Karter, and Kolter and most recently his daughter-in-law Savannah, that gave him life! He loved them big and deeply. He supported them in every way possible. For Brenda, he was the protector, provider, biggest fan, and her rock. Kade, his 1st born was blessed to have his dad as a best friend, mentor, teacher, and of course a baseball coach for many years. Larry was a rock star dad for Karter. He never missed a show and made sure everyone knew who his son and his band were. And his “baby”, Kolter, for him, Larry never missed a football game or a chance to drive to Bozeman to see him. Larry looked forward to Kolter’s college graduation in November.

Larry was a man of integrity, humility and selflessness. He never wanted anything for himself, always putting others first. He was a champion for the underdog, a protector of all. Larry had a great sense of humor, always a large presence in a room. He loved sports, music, comedy, movies, and relaxing at home. His boys shared those loves and will greatly miss the time with their dad. Our hearts are broken and we are devastated that he is no longer with us.

He is preceded in death by his father, Elmer, twin brother Gary, brother John, nephew Chris Romero.

He leaves behind to grieve, his wife of 35 years, Brenda Estill, sons, Kade, Karter (Savannah), and Kolter. His mother Florence Young, sisters, Billie Sue Melia (Ted), Lavonda Sims (Dean), Lawanda Estill, Tera Henrickson (Hal), brother Elmer Jr. (Buddy), sister-in-law’s, Mary Jo Estill, Connie Estill. His wife’s family: mother in-law Carolyn Heafner, brothers-in-law, Ken Heafner (Teri), Larry Heafner (Bonnie), and his sister in law, his “Sissy”, Pam Halligan, her husband Floyd who was like a brother to him. Also grieving are countless nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th Street. A Rosary and Vigil follows at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 317 W. 7th Street in Laurel. Rite of Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery in Billings. A reception will be held at Central Park Pavilion. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.smithfuneralchapels.com.

Donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel,or the charity of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    Address
    925 S. 27th Street
    Billings, MT 59101
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    Notes
    Rosary and Vigil begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    Address
    925 S. 27th Street
    Billings, MT 59101
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    Notes
    Rosary and Vigil begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Anthony Catholic Church
    Address
    317 West 7th St
    LAUREL, MT 59044
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    Notes
    Facebook livestream available on the St. Anthony Catholic Church Facebook page. The link follows: https://www.facebook.com/saintanthonycatholicchurchmontanalaurel/
    Officiant
    Father Bart Stevens
  • Interment

    Location
    Holy Cross Cemetery
    Address
    1601 Mullowney Lane
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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Beth Adams Schultz

Posted at 01:32pm
My condolences to the entire family!!
I grew up with Larry during our younger years. He was a few years younger, but we all ( Billie Sue, Wanda, Vonnie, Gary and Buddy) all played together and hung out when we were neighbors.
Childhood memories- priceless!!!
J

joefrank824@msn.com

Posted at 11:53am
For Brenda, Kade , Karter. Kolter anx extended family.
A hole is left in your family, we are sorry for your loss. And feel sad for you. Enjoy your special memories and know you will always have him in your hearts. Condolences to all your family.
Joe and Amber Frank
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Darryl Redman

Posted at 09:32am
Brenda and family,
Very sorry to hear about the loss of Larry. We've always appreciated his commitment to his faith, the time he gave of himself, his sense of humor and his friendship. I know what a blessing he has been to your family. He will certainly be missed and we will continue to pray for him.
SC

Sister Kathleen Hanley, CHM

Posted at 04:18pm
Dear Brenda and family,
I can't imagine the grief you are going through. I hold memories of you, Karter, Kolter and Kade and Larry during your time and service at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral. He always had a kind smile and hello for those around him. Another victim of Covid. I'm so sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto Larry O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Light, peace and rest, light, peace and rest, My prayers are with you. Sister Kathleen Hanley, CHM

Denise Armstrong

Posted at 06:17pm
Larry had a big heart for caring and helping others. Condolences to Brenda and family. Our heart goes out to you all. Heaven is getting a very special person. Denise & Jeff Armstrong
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