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Lawrence "Larry" D. Hammerschmidt

August 23, 1953 ~ October 19, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Lawrence "Larry" Hammerschmidt Obituary

SMOLAN, KS – Lawrence “Larry” D. Hammerschmidt, 70, passed away October 19, 2023. He was born August 23, 1953 to Elmer M. and Dorothy Ann (Freitag) Hammerschmidt. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving Larry’s passing is his wife Cathy, two children Brad (Ashley) and Crystal, his brother David Hammerschmidt and sister, Linda Kendrick.

“Our Mom and Dad have been together for 50 years; they grew up only blocks away from each other. I’m sure it had something to do with a motorcycle, hotrods or dragging cars down Santa Fe that brought them together. They married in 1980 and around the time I was to come around, Dad joined mom as her one and only employee in her upholstery shop. They’ve been working together ever since.”

In his passing we remember the laughs and mischief that followed him everywhere. He loved to sit and chat and seemed to be quiet a charmer everywhere he went. He loved hotrods, working with his hands and always had big projects in the works. His grandest vision was hands down, the “Tower” and it’s where us kids learned so many valuable lessons on how to build your dreams. Thank you, dad! He loved to tinker, had exquisite taste in tools and loved to over engineer everything if he had the chance. With his passing goes an irreplaceable wealth of knowledge and experience. I know there are so many lives, and cars, that my dad has touched in his lifetime. While we hold the deepest love and remembrance for my dad, we thank you all for your kindness.

We will honor and celebrate Dad with a party on November 5th at Lakewood Park, Salina. Between 12-3, in shelter #1. We hope that you come out to enjoy a meal and share some laughs with each other, we would love to see everyone out on the motorcycles and cars Dad worked on or just loved to enjoy. Rev those engines, because that’s what he’d want to hear.”

Our deepest gratitude for all of your support,
Cathy, Crystal & Brad

We do welcome everyone to come spend time at the visitation:12-8pm at Ryan Mortuary, Thursday, October 26, 2023.

Family will be available between 5-8 pm

Donations may be made to either the Salina Animal Services or the Smoky Hill River Festival Foundation in his name.




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October 26, 2023

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ryan Mortuary
137 N 8th St
Salina, KS 67401

Family Receiving Friends
October 26, 2023

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ryan Mortuary
137 N 8th St
Salina, KS 67401

Celebration of Life
November 5, 2023

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lakewood Park
1323 E Iron Ave
Salina, KS 67401


Salina Animal Services
329 N 2nd St, Salina KS 67401
Tel: 1-785-826-6535

Smoky Hill River Festival
Salina Arts & Humanities, 211 W Iron Ave • PO Box 2181 KS 67402
Tel: 1-785-309-5770


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