Mr. Larry Joe Fruhling
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Larry Fruhling, 77, retired Des Moines Register storyteller, dies of Lou Gehrig's disease Monday, August 6, 2018 at his Ankeny home.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny. Visitation will precede the service at 5 p.m.

Larry worked 28 years for the Register and its former sister newspaper, the Des Moines Tribune, before retiring in 1997. He was known as a graceful, straightforward writer who taught generations of Iowa journalists how to bring any subject to life.

Larry was born in Holdrege, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and began his career as a reporter for United Press International in Lincoln, Neb., in the mid-1960s. He later worked as managing editor of the McCook, Neb., Daily Gazette before moving to Des Moines to cover the Iowa Legislature for UPI. The Register and Tribune hired him in 1969.

He filled editing slots in Des Moines over the years and spent some time reporting from the Register's Washington, D.C., bureau. He briefly wrote the paper's "Over the Coffee" column before longtime columnist Donald Kaul resumed that job in 1989. But Larry's main role was as a roving reporter tackling an array of subjects in Iowa and neighboring states.

When a jetliner crashed in Sioux City in 1989, Register editors assigned Larry to handle the lead story.

Larry's legacy continues every year on RAGBRAI, when a rotating cast of Register alumni and friends bikes across the state as "Team Larry." Before his health began failing, he often drove the team's support van and iced down their beers at the campgrounds. Team members addressed him as "Commander" and regularly honored him by singing a ditty whose title cannot be printed in a family publication.

Although Larry was debilitated by Lou Gehrig's disease, he never lost his spirit, and he never complained of being in pain.

Larry's survivors include his wife Bernita; two sons, Bill of Madison, Wis., and Mike of West Des Moines; a sister, Ruth Doyle of Culbertson, Neb.; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association or Suncrest Hospice.

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