Larry Victor Hyder
Larry Victor Hyder, age 79, died March 14, 2021, at the home of his daughter from complications following a recent stroke.
Larry was born in Buhl, Idaho; he was the oldest and only red-head of the four children of Victor C. and Ruth (Merrill) Hyder.
In the early 1940s he moved with his parents and younger brother Roy to Central Oregon, where his youngest brother and sister were born.
He attended grade schools in Redmond and Terrebonne, Oregon, finished grade school in Metolius, Oregon, and graduated from Madras High School in 1959.
He had a love and interest in bugs, or more appropriately stated "insects" all his life. The walls in his childhood room were covered with shadow boxes filled with his collections.
He participated in 4-H and would ride his bike from his parents farm south of Metolius to enter his collection in the fair in Madras.
Larry met his future bride, LaRee Marshall, at First Baptist in Madras, Oregon. They were married November 24, 1962. Larry graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Entomology in 1965, and completed some graduate studies at UC Berkley. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1968.
Larry and LaRee's first child, Tami, was born in Corvallis, Oregon.
After graduation they moved to Concord, California, where he was employed by Dow Chemical company.
Middle child Victor and youngest Brooke were born in the Concord. It was a fun time for the family; warm weather, cousins nearby and desert tortoises in the back yard, feeding on freshly fallen nectarines.
In 1971, the family moved back to Central Oregon and Larry started farming with his father.
Larry had many interests and challenged himself with additional occupations. He started and ran an Agricultural Farm Lab, helped organize a bottle water plant, worked for an invasive species identification program, (best accomplished on horseback), worked with statistics and data entry at Bright Wood Corp. and ended his work years in program development/data management for the Forestry Timber and Mill Industry, in 2016.
He served on the 509-J school board, volunteered in child evangelism clubs, Gideons international. school science fairs, carnivals and Relay For Life. He shared his love of entomology and rope making with many classrooms of young students. He had many hobbies, including building model airplanes, wood working, balloon animals, a puppeteer and telling Little Silver Fox stories.
After Larry retired, he and LaRee enjoyed traveling in Oregon, the western U.S., and south to Arizona in their motor home.
His family and his faith in God were the most important parts of his life. He was an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church for the last 45 years. He felt privileged to officiate weddings, belonged to the same bible study with precious friends. Together with LaRee, and a faithful team, he worked in AWANA for nearly 40 years.
A memorial service for Larry will be held on Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m., at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 675 N.E. 10th St. Madras. A live online service is accessible through mcbcfamily.com.Burial will follow at the Methodist Hill Cemetery following the service.
Larry is survived by LaRee, his wife of 58 years; daughter, Tami Hyder Biddington (Dirk); son, Victor (Lisa), and daughter, Brooke Hyder Simmons (Earl); siblings, Roy (Holly), Tim and sister, Vicki Hyder Grammer (Frank). He has seven grandchildren: Payton (MacKenzie) and Ethan Biddington, Jarret and Mitchell Hyder, Cole (Lauren), Amber and Bryce Simmons; many nieces and nephews from his and LaRee's family.
Always a learner, he enjoyed studying Biblical archeology, Creation science, the Exodus from Egypt and the book of Acts and Revelation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to [email protected], Cornerstone Baptist Church or Gideon's International.
Funeral arrangements are by Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.