Larry DeBaets

Larry DeBaets

Larry DeBaets, 83, formerly of Schuyler, died Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.

The family has chosen McClures Flowers in Schuyler.   402-352-2771


The service will be live streamed at Kracl Funeral Chapel Facebook Page



Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2024, 1:00 P.M.

Kracl Funeral Chapel, Schuyler   Jerry L.Kracl, Officiating

Visitation noon - 1 P.M.  Committal with Military Honors

Schuyler Cemetery, Schuyler Nebraska

Following the committal a lunch will be held at the Schuyler Eagles Club

Memorials to the Nebraska Veteran's Home Memory Unit-Bellevue


Larry was born in Bellwood, Nebraska to Hector and Ella DeBaets on January 9, 1941. Larry’s grandma DeBaets carried the doctor’s tool bag. Larry’s first 7 years were spent on the farm. He helped his dad with numerous things which was a lifelong learning experience for him. Larry’s mother moved to Schuyler after his father’s death.
Larry attended school in Schuyler, graduating in 1959. Larry enjoyed many different adventures, but one that stood out was his love for his pet skunks and duck hunting.
After graduation Larry joined the Navy and had many experiences which turned into lifelong stories to share later. Larry brought his bride back to Schuyler but ended in divorce. Larry later married Nancy Ernst. During their marriage they had 2 children, Jolene & Shane.
Larry worked at a gas station for several years and eventually purchased it. Larry also did some farming and truck driving. He then drove the shag truck for 20 years at the Schuyler packing plant. With his magnetic personality he developed many friendships.

After Nancy’s death in 1991, Larry later married Carolyn Griffith. They spent 32 years together. Through their marriage they managed mobile home communities in Colorado and Iowa. They made many friends along the way. They eventually settled in Burwell, Nebraska which was a long-time dream of Larry’s. He enjoyed fishing and boating and fishing and fishing! Then, in 2021 they moved to Bellevue, Nebraska to be closer to family.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn.
2 children; daughter Jolene of Valentine, NE. and son Shane (Deb) of Lincoln, NE.
6 grandchildren; Caleb (Sydney) of Kearney, NE., Danielle (Mitchell) of Utica, NE., Garrett (Andrea) of Crookston, NE., Kelsie (Nick) Roberts of Pleasantdale, NE., Kylie (Rylie) Lewis of Lincoln, NE., Mikayla DeBaets of Lincoln, NE.
4 great grandchildren; Case & Brooks, Joshua and Lane.
2 sisters; Donna Eilers, Doris Ahrens, sister in law Elaine (Jim), brother in law Ernie (Kak) along with many aunts , uncles, cousins, nieces and nephew.
4 bonus children; Mike (Norma) of Seward, NE., Tammy of David City, NE., Jonna (Aaron) of Sidney, IA. and John of Omaha, NE.
Several bonus grandchildren; Trina (Chris) of Spring, TX, Jessica (Denton) of Elm Creek, NE., Corey (Dijah) of Tempe, AZ., Andy (Candi) of Bennington, NE., Chris (Nancy) of Bennington, NE., Easton of Schuyler, NE., Shayla of Schuyler, NE., Jeremy (Stephanie) of Elkhorn, NE., Jaleesa (Josh) of Sycamore, IL., Morgan (Carlos) of Omaha, NE., Dylan Loewe of Genoa, NE.
Bonus great grandchildren; Hannah (Austin), Savannah, Barrett, Clara, Charley, Chris Jr, Trevor, Sierra, Avarie, Ethan, Addison, Annalise, Sloane, Isla and Callum.
The love between a man and his dog is never ending. His beloved pets Black Bart and Sparky preceded him in death and LC will forever miss her daddy.
Larry was preceded in death by his father Hector, mother Ella, stepfather Frank, wife Nancy, in-laws
Melvin and Marcella Ernst, Randy Ernst, Anita Ernst, Dalton Egger, grandparents Emil & Leona DeBaets, August and Ruth Ladwig.