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Larry James Monahan, 64, a Vietnam veteran who had worked at numerous jobs, died in Billings.
He was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Glasgow to Robert Henry and Dorothy Meyer Monahan. The family moved to Red Lodge when he was 3 years old and relocated to Billings in August 1957.
He attended Little Flower Catholic School for eight years and Central Catholic High School for one year before transferring to Billings West High School, where he graduated in 1969. He played first base in Babe Ruth League.
After graduation, Mr. Monahan joined the Army. He was deployed to Vietnam on Nov. 18, 1970, and returned on Feb. 2, 1972. He was assigned to Company A, 548th Engineer Battalion, and built roads for troops coming in. He worked a rock crusher to provide road materials. He spent six months of R&R in Australia.
He received an honorable discharge in February 1972 and had earned the National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
Mr. Monahan had driven trucks for several trucking firms as a furniture mover. He also did warehousing, painting and refinishing work.
He was with Elaine Miller for 10 years before her death on March 11, 2007. He was her primary caretaker through her illness and last days.
In 2012 he was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and struggled with this illness until his death.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Monahan Emmett; brothers, Brian Monahan and Michael Monahan of Billings; a sister, Colleen Mayo of Yuba City, Calif.; stepbrothers, Doug, Stacey and Trent Emmett; and stepsister, Denise Emmett.
Services were at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Remains were interred in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. A reception at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6774 followed interment.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.