BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. —
Larry "Bub" Secrist, 76, of rural Baxter Springs, Kan., passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 17, 2013, at Freeman Hospital of an unexpected illness while surrounded by his loving family.
Bub was born Sept. 24, 1937, in Galena, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Hartzel Secrist and Neva Louise (Olson) Secrist; and a brother, Gary Wayne Secrist. His sister, Lesta Lou Fullerton and her husband, Jim, of Raytown, Mo., survive.
Bub is also survived by his wife, Frances Marie (Bruce) Secrist. He and Frances were married in Galena, on June 30, 1957, where they lived until moving to rural Baxter Springs "West Forty Ranch" in 1988. Also surviving are a son, Bruce Neil Secrist and his wife, Karen, of Joplin, and their children, Morgan Secrist, of Tulsa, and Bradley Neil Secrist, wife, Cheyenne and son, Bennett Neil, of Edmond, Okla., along with Bub's daughter, Kathy Marie Huffaker and husband, Gary, of Joplin, and their children, Michael Huffaker and Neil Huffaker, of Joplin.
Bub attended school in Galena until his junior and senior year in high school when he attended Enterprise Academy in Enterprise, Kan., where he graduated in 1955. He began working for the Beechwood family at age 14 at Beechwood Acres Ranch and moved to their business, Mid-Western Machinery Company in Joplin, at age 19 where he retired 61 years later in 2012.
Bub spent his entire life married to one woman, working for one employer and a member of one church, the Galena Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he was a fourth generation member and served as elder for many years. This dedication and loyalty was not lost on his many friends and family. His family and faith were his pride and joy.
He bled Chief red and became a horseman supreme after being introduced to horses by his wife, Frances in 1955. He raised, trained and raced racing quarter horses until his death. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association for over 50 years. He was active in youth sports in his earlier years and was the manager of the 1970 Galena Little League All-Star Kansas state championship team.
The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Galena Seventh-Day Adventist Church. A memorial celebration service will be held at the same location at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. The church is located at 2414 West 7th Street in Galena, (1.3 miles west of the stoplight at 7th and Main in Galena).
Bub's church temporarily closed a couple of years ago because it had fallen in disrepair from water leaks and other damage which had accumulated over the years. He spearheaded the effort to raise the funds to repair the church so that it could be reopened. Bub's memory would best be served by eliminating the remainder of the debt incurred to repair and reopen the church. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Galena Seventh-Day Adventist Church and earmarked for loan payment.
Online condolences may be made at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com