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Larry Lyle Leibundguth, age 71 of La Plata, Missouri, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020 at his home.

  Born November 18, 1948, in Kirksville, Missouri, Larry was the son of Fred, Jr. and Bernice (Butler) Leibundguth.

  His parents preceded him in death.

  Surviving are many friends.

  Larry was a 1967 graduate of Knox County High School. He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 with a tour of duty in Vietnam and awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was cited for action in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on June 20, 1969, while serving with the 2nd Battalion (Airmobile), 5th Cavalry, during an extraction mission in the Republic of Vietnam. The citation read “With complete disregard for his own safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to the hostile fire as he fought the insurgents at point blank range, his actions, resulted in many enemy casualties and was a great contribution to the successful defense of the Landing Zone.”  Sp/4 Leibundguth flew 25 serial missions and also received the Army Commendation Medal for heroism and the Air Medal for Service.

  He worked on his family farm and was well known as a driver for the Amish Community. 

  Larry was a member of the La Plata America Legion and the First Liberty Full Gospel Church in Kirksville, Missouri.

  Graveside services were held Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri, with Pastor Fred Baker officiating.

  Memorials in memory of Larry may be made to First Liberty Full Gospel Church or to La Plata American Legion. They may be sent to or left at Travis Funeral Chapel, 125 S. Church St., LaPlata, Missouri 63549.