Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Lawrence Coulter

Rev.
Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Coulter, 77, of Broken Bow, died on Nov. 21, 2018, at
Brookestone View in Broken Bow.



Fr.
Larry was born April 20, 1941, at Broken Bow. He was the son of Gilbert and
Ardella (Kennedy) Coulter. He attended grade school at Turner Valley School,
west of Broken Bow. He entered Mt. St. Francis Seminary High School in Indiana,
graduating in 1959 after which, he entered the novitiate of the Conventual
Franciscan order. He continued his seminary training at Our Lady of Consolation
Seminary College, Carey, Ohio, affiliated with Dayton University, from which he
received a B.A. degree in 1964. After two years of theology in Rome, Italy, he
returned to the states and continued his education at Assumption Seminary
College in Chaska, Minnesota, receiving his M.A. in 1967.



After
leaving the seminary, he lived in Guam for two years working as an accountant
for Peat, Marvick, Mitchell Accounting Firm and attended night classes at the
University of Guam. He transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota, continuing to
work for Peat, Marvick, Mitchell for six more months. He returned to Broken Bow
and helped on the family farm from 1970 to 1976. He then attended University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, and in 1977, he was employed by Romans, Wiemer & Schultz
in York as an accountant, receiving his CPA degree in 1979.



In
August of 1981, he returned to the seminary, entering St. Meinrad School of
Theology, where he received his Master of Divinity in 1986. Fr. Larry was
ordained a diocesan priest on June 6, 1986, at the Cathedral in Grand Island.
He served parishes in Gering (1986-1988), Anselmo and Merna (1988-1997),
Farwell, Ashton, Elba, Paplin (1997-2002), Greeley and Scotia (2002-2004), and
St. Libory (2004-2009). He retired in 2009 to the family house in Broken Bow.
In 2003, he was appointed as secretary-treasurer of the Grand Island Diocesan
Priest Pension Fund and Welfare Board, Inc. and continued this position until
2017.



He
was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 2388. He made frequent retreats
at the Benedictine Retreat Center in Ferdinand, Indiana. He enjoyed playing
cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and rough carpentry. He was beloved by all his
parishioners and enjoyed helping in the kitchen at parish events. A favorite
retirement activity was serving ice cream weekly at a retirement home in Broken
Bow.



In
April 2017, he entered Brookestone View, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation
center in Broken Bow, where he received loving and compassionate care until his
death.



Fr.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Charles; brother
Claris and niece Leanna Coulter.



He
is survived by his sister, Shirley (Ed) Terlaje of Hagatna, Guam; brothers Bill
(Reva) of North Platte and Bob (Mary) of Lincoln; nieces and nephews, cousins
and other relatives.



Online
condolences may be shared at
govierbrothers.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Benedict,
Ferdinand, Indiana; Priests Pension Fund or St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in
Broken Bow.