Larry Max Thiringer

February 20, 1943 to August 25, 2018

Larry Max Thiringer was born in Redmond Oregon, to Hans and Edna Thiringer in February 1943. The Thiringers lived in Spokane, Wash. Larry has two brothers, Garry born in 1944, and Lenny in 1946.

When Larry was about 10 years old he spent the summer at his Uncle’s dairy in Washington.  He loved everything about it, rounding up the cows, milking, feeding, watering them, and driving the tractor. The work he did each summer really defined him. He enjoyed being responsible, and treated like the other hands. It was there he acquired his work ethic and his bulldog tenacity. When there was a job to do, he was the go to man to get it done. Those traits made him.  He had a wicked sense of humour, a quick wit,  a ready laugh and loved a good story, mostly told on himself.

Larry attended West Valley High in Spokane, Washington. In February 1962 he enlisted in the United States Navy. In 1965, he married Lea Matol in Abucay, Batann, Philippines. In 1967, Larry brought Lea and her two children Mike and Anna to the states. In 1970, Larry and Lea had their daughter Lisa. Larry served in the Pacific Fleet and retired in 1981. During his time in the Navy he served on the USS Ajax, USS Vesuvius.


Larry worked as a pipefitter by trade.  While working at Continental Maritime he met his wife Lisa. They married in 1990.  Larry enjoyed bicycle riding, tinkering and driving his 1940 ford tractor, hunting, fishing, target shooting, reloading, restocking rifle and shotgun stocks. He loved the outdoors, camping and hiking the back country, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Larry passed away on August 25th. Larry is survived by his wife Lisa Ribas Thiringer, ex-wife Lea  and their three children: Anna Meyers, Michael Matol, and Lisa Thiringer; grandchildren Michael and Nicolette Matol, Megan Myers (Mike Myer) and Joshua Meyers, Derek Nielsen, Desiree Moorehart (Barry), and Ian Thiringer; great-grandchildren Liyah, Devon, and Kayla Matol (Michael), and Madison and Layla Meyers (Meagan); brothers Gary and Larry Thiringer (Kristi) and niece Jessica and nephews Petra and David (Millie) Thiringer.

Services will be held Saturday September 15th from 2-4pm at Legacy Funeral Home in La Mesa.

Celebration of Life

  • Date: September 15, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care
  • Address: 7043 University Ave La Mesa, CA 91942-5954
  • Directions: Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of of our shipmate, who served on the USS Vesuvius AE15. We wish you fair winds and following seas on your last and final voyage. Bob Smith Coordinator for the AE15 USS Vesuvius Group of the AE/AOE Sailors Assn.

Bob smith on October 24, 2018

Larry & Lisa were one of the best friends anyone could ever have through out your life. If you ever needed anything Larry & Lisa would be the first people their to help. Larry would give you the shirt off his back and ask if you needed another one. I am so blessed to have had Larry as a friend and know he's smiling down from Heaven giving us a tongue lashing. God Bless You and your Family. Carol Donegan

Carol Donegan on September 15, 2018