Larry Laver?s childhood on a farm prepared him for an active, hardworking lifestyle. He spent his youth running up and down creek beds and helping his neighbors bale hay. He always wanted a horse but didn?t own one until he was an adult, when he sometimes competed in team roping events.
He served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam era, then came home to start a family but later got divorced. He worked at Iola?s John Deere dealership for years and owned cattle.
At some point in his early 40s, around the time he remarried, Larry noticed a problem with his leg. Sometimes it gave out on him. As time went by, it got worse and worse.