Larry Liptac, 74, a sales manager for a chemical company and former owner of Mountain View Supply, died Aug. 16, 2012.
He was born in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 4, 1937, to Andreas and Verna Liptac. He graduated from North Central High School in 1955 where he was a member of the student council and the football team. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Washington State College in 1960. In 1957, he married Joyce Marie Schaub.
After college, Mr. Liptac started as a field representative for chemical companies in the agricultural field. In 1965 he went to work for Velsicol Chemical Corp., where stops included Singapore (sales manager southeast Asia), Toronto (sales manager Canada) and corporate headquarters in Chicago (sales manager of North America).
The family moved to the Billings area in 1976. In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Liptac bought Mountain View Supply, selling bar and restaurant supplies with partners Stan and Louella Wilson. They remained there until retirement in 2002.
Mr. Liptac coached baseball and hockey teams and was an accomplished wood worker. He restored and drove antique cars and planned tours. Mr. and Mrs. Liptac were members of Goggles and Dusters, Model A Club and the V8 Club. He drove his Model A in many Christmas parades. He was a member of the Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings, sons, Phil of Billings and Bryce of Kansas City; a daughter, Jill Foran of Billings; and six grandchildren.
Services were held Aug. 21 at Hope United Methodist Church. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge. Arrangements were by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.