Larry W. Apt, 69, formerly of Salina, died Thursday, September 27, 2018,
in Boulder, Colorado. He was born November 24, 1948, in Fort Wayne,
Indiana, to W. John and Thelma (Dalton) Apt.
Larry attended schools in Salina, Kansas, and he was a member of the
Salina High School Class of 1967, although he actually graduated high
school from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. He
received an Associate‘s degree from Wentworth, and his Bachelor’s degree
from Kansas State University.
Larry was an adventurous guy, and his work in the aviation industry took
him to Iran during the late 1970s. During the chaos after the fall of
the Shah, Larry had to smuggle himself out of Iran, dying his blonde
hair and beard dark, and hiding in the trunk of a car. He wouldn’t
leave until he made sure that Clyde, his beloved German Shepherd, was
safely evacuated to Germany.
Back n the US, Larry worked at Flower Aviation and bartended at the
Salina Country Club and Big John’s/Carousel. He worked for Continental
Airlines in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Houston. After his retirement
from United Airlines, he returned to Salina, where he lived until
recently moving to Colorado.
Larry was predeceased by his parents, his half-brother, John “Johnny”
Burton Reynolds, and Johnny’s daughter Laurel Reynolds Hayden. He is
survived by his service dog, Max; his sister, Kimberly Apt Beckham and
her husband, Michael “Bear” Beckham, Victoria, Texas; his special
cousins Kay Whittecar and Linda Crouthers, both of Salina; and other
cousins. He is also survived by Johnny’s children Leslie Reynolds
Wallace, Lance Reynolds, and their families in Arizona.
A memorial service will be held in Salina at a later date. If you wish
to send a memorial donation, Larry would be pleased that you continued
his support of the Smoky Hill River Festival, PO Box 2181, Salina KS
- AG News