Lawrence "Larry" William Cwach, age 77, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Cedartown, Georgia.
Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service.
Larry was born on August 29, 1940 in Yankton, South Dakota to Emil and Lillian (Hladky) Cwach. He grew up on the family farm near Yankton with his 10 older siblings, receiving the nickname, "Butch". He attended Yankton High School where he played on the football team, graduating in 1958. He then attended University of South Dakota in Springfield, where he graduated with honors in 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics and business and also excelled at wrestling. Larry married Janice Sachse on May 1, 1965 in Yankton, where they raised their four children. He worked at M-Tron as a data processing manager and then at Gurney's as a programmer analyst, and also repaired televisions and farmed.
Larry later moved to the Twin Cities where he married Sandra Carlson. They moved to Aurora, Colorado and then in 1987, Larry and Sandy moved to Georgia where they made their new home and had many happy years together. Larry continued to work as a programmer analyst and did accounting and various other jobs. He enjoyed living in Georgia, but always loved coming back to South Dakota to visit his family. He enjoyed farming, computers, TV, his pet cats, playing cards and drinking coffee with family. He was a kind, humble, intelligent man and will be greatly missed.
Larry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandy Cwach of Cedartown, Georgia; two daughters, Shari (Dave) Kuehler of Yankton and Heather Cwach of Rapid City; two sons, Eric (Tonya) Cwach and Jason (Stacy) Cwach, both of Sioux Falls; two granddaughters, Kayli and Jenna Cwach of Sioux Falls; four sisters, Doreen Giggee, Lillian Merkwan, Florence Meehl, and Frances (Marvin) Meier; a brother, Emil (Marlin) Cwach Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leo Sr. and Robert Cwach; and three sisters, Helen Nedved, Mary Schwartz, and Edna Juran.
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I have numerous good memories from my childhood of being particularly fascinated with Uncle Larry's advanced collection and knowledge of electronics & "high fidelity" sound & recording equipment. He was truly far ahead of the time regarding such! He had created his own "tractor radio" before such became popular & widely available commercially.. He was often called upon to fix tvs & other electronic equipment made before solid state became so commonsplace. His extensive knowledge of computers was also far ahead of most. In later years, I recall visiting with his high school football coach Don Allan, who spoke very favorably about my uncle. Larry seemed very modest & soft spoken, perhaps feeling he didn't live up to the reputation of very impressive YHS athletes who were a few years older. However, I also was privileged to visit with Larry's YHS'58 classmate Glenn Halverson who highly regarded Larry, but disagreed with any notion of inferiority, & accordingly could cite numerous facts & statisttics to prove his point--smile! Larry seemed to sense in the late 1970s, before many others did, that that was a good time to seek opportunities other than farming--smile! He shared with me many other memories of having grown up on the Emil Cwach (Walnut Grove) farm that otherwise would have not known to me. He truly is greatly admired & his passing very sad. Deepest of sympathy & best of wishes to his immediate family! Very respectfully, Leo Cwach
Leo Cwach, Jr.
I worked with Larry WAY BACK in the Gurney days. I was Admin Asst for the data processing dept. Larry was one of my favorites in the dept. He was a quiet man but if you got him to laugh it came from way deep down. I remember him fondly and I am so sorry for his family left behind. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Larry was a sweet and kind man. He was all about his family. He was quiet and pleasant to be with and a joy to have as a friend. We miss him.
Joel and Lorraine Fast
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