Larry Lynn Grider passed away May 22, 2023, at his home. Larry was born January 16, 1949, to Alva and Freeda Grider of Del City, Oklahoma.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, brother and two sisters.
Larry is survived by his wife, Frances Grider of Lexington; son, Buddy Grider of Lexington; daughter, Amanda Stephens-Rubin of Blanchard; grandson, Tyler Stephens of Blanchard; granddaughter, Ellie Rubin of Blanchard; bonus Papa to Kortnie Yeary; and many more friends and loved ones.
Larry served in the Army as a Medical Specialist from 1968-1969. Larry was honorably discharged from the Army in May 1970 with the following medals of Valor: Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Badge (Rifle M-16), and the Bronze Star Medal. Larry received the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.
On May 26, 1969, Specialist Grider was serving as a Medical Aidman with his unit on an ambush patrol five miles southwest of Ben Cat. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Mr. Grider maneuvered through the hail of hostile rounds to two seriously wounded men at the point of contact. After administering first aid to them, he carried the injured soldiers to a more secure location. When all the casualties had been removed to an evacuation landing zone, Specialist Grider moved to the area and continued to treat the wounded and place them on helicopters.
His selfless concern for his comrades and exemplary courage were responsible for saving many soldiers’ lives. This is just an example of what a great man he was. Larry always put the needs of his family before his. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and hero to so many. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
A Celebration of Life for our precious “Papa” is pending.