Larry Joseph Bollich

September 16, 1950 - June 23, 2023

On June 23, 2023, Larry Joseph Bollich, 72, of Hankamer, passed away peacefully while surrounded by loved ones at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Larry was a man that said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a Texas sized tornado trapped in a 6ft frame and lived in a world where a handshake was a binding contract. Now that we have your attention, here’s some facts about a man that lived, a life worth living!

Born on September 16, 1950, to Nicholas and Carolina Bollich in Liberty. His parents knew they were in trouble after a nurse told them that he was the prettiest baby ever born in their hospital, but luckily for them, Larry’s spirit matched his exterior.

After he graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School in 1969, Larry attended Sam Houston State University, where he broke many young ladies’ hearts by marrying Lee Anne Riff and obtained a Bachelor’s in Animal Science.

Afterwards, he quickly established himself as a technical expert in the oil and gas measurement field, as a Meter Technician for Gulf Oil. His employment for Gulf Oil ultimately led to Larry taking the leap of faith in 1982, founding his own business, Gulf Coast Measuring Services, which is still thriving after 40 plus years of business.

As a member of The American Quarter Horse Association and The Palomino Breeders of America, he loved competing in the Halter and Western Pleasure Horse Shows, winning several World Championships. Additionally, he set the example for others to emulate as a member of The Knights of Columbus Council #3452. The world needs more Larry’s!

Although, he was an avid hunter and always down for a Crawfish boil, his love for all of God’s Creatures was obvious. He enjoyed bird watching (especially Canadian Geese) and tending to his deer, peacocks, ducks, and horses. However, his biggest display of love for all things nature, was even although he was allergic to bees, he always had more than 20+ beehives on his property (that might have been tax related).

In 2008, he reunited with his High School Sweetheart, Susan Middleton, and declared his love for her, not by mere words, but through actions! He completed the Tokyo, Japan, and Houston Marathon just to show her, there was nothing that would prevent him from being near her side.

Although Larry was a loving husband, successful businessman, and a member of various organizations, his proudest accomplishment was the birth of his daughter Kelley and son Christopher.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Susan Bollich; daughter, Kelley Bollich Martin and her husband, Daniel; son, Chris Bollich and his wife, Ashley; step-son, Mayes Middleton and his wife, Macy; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Chase Martin, Briley and Jackson Bollich, Connor, Christian, Matthew, and Martha Ann Middleton; brother, Nicholas Bollich and his wife, Shirley; sister, Sharon Bollich Pickett and her husband, Dan; sister, Barbara Bollich Reeser and her husband, Bob; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife Lee Anne Riff; parents, Nicholas and Carolina; grandparents, William and Regina Bollich and Dorville and Olinore Manuel.

A Rosary for Mr. Bollich will be recited at 6:00 p.m., with a gathering of his family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:00 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Winnie. His interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas 77665 or to the charity of your choice.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for honoring his memory and remember to tell your loved ones you love them. Hug them a little harder because you never know when your story will end.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

St. Louis Catholic Church
  • 315, W Buccaneer Dr, Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • June 29, 2023
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


St. Louis Catholic Church
  • 315, W Buccaneer Dr, Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • June 29, 2023
  • 6:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Louis Catholic Church
  • 315, W Buccaneer Dr, Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • June 30, 2023
  • 9:00 am


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (39)

    Kathleen Thibodeaux says:

    I am so sorry to hear this Susan . My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kathy

    Dana Byal says:

    I’m sorry to hear the sad news about Larry, I always enjoyed talking with him at the horse shows. “Keep on riding” prayers for the family ????????????

    Betty Gaspard Peebles says:

    Susan, I am so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. You are most certainly in my thoughts and prayers. I know you will treasure the last 15 years of memories. He was a good man who will be missed. Love you dearly, girl!

    Doris Bolton Bassett says:

    My sincere condolences to Susan and all the family on the loss of Larry . Sending love and prayers .

    Don and Nelda Pickett says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Larry passing away. As kids in the sixtys I worked with Larry during a few rice harvests. I was also on a deer lease with him and his dad during the seventies. He was a great guy and fun to be around. He is going to be missed. Susan, Nelda and I will be praying for you and your family.

    Rodney and Chenoa Hoyt says:

    Ms Susie,
    Meeting and knowing you and Mr Larry these last few years has been an honor for Rodney and I. The memories we’ve made will be treasures we hold dear, all of our days. Mr Larry was a special person. He will be so very missed. Our love and prayers for you and your family for the days ahead. God’s peace for you all.
    Rodney and Chenoa Hoyt

    Candee says:

    Susan, you’re very special to us. We give you our love, prayers, and condolences.

    Candee, Stan, Chad, Natasha, and Danny McBride

    Russell and Mary Simon says:

    We are so sorry about the loss of Larry . He was a great man and we will miss his smiling face at mass. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. We know he now walks beside the Lord and is happy and at peace.

    MaryMargaret Kole Lytle says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Kelly Dutton says:

    RIP my old friend. I have very fond memories of being neighbors and our children growing up together. You will be missed. Thanks for the memories.

    Bill Kenner says:

    Larry Bollich was one of my Very Best Friends in life,since Blinn Jr. College in 1970.So many great times hunting and being Cowboys,so so many memories I will cherish for all my life,He was a GREAT MAN,A GREAT FRIEND, someone I will truly miss talking to and laughing with…Go Rest On the Highest Mountain Larry…I know you are in God’s Hands.
    Love Bill Kenner

    Barbara Tidwell says:

    So sorry for the loss of Larry. He was a unique individual that lived life to the fullest. I will miss him greatly. Prayers for you Susan and to all of his family.

    Larry Griffin says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. He was a great person to be around. I know that he will be greatly missed. My prayers for his family. May the grace of God be with each of you now and in the days to come.
    Larry Griffin

    Valerie Kenner says:

    Thank you, Larry, for being a true friend to my dad, Bill Kenner of Houston, since your college days. He always spoke so highly of you. He is morning the loss of his good friend.

    Debbie Porter says:

    Susan & Family, Buddy & I are so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this trying time. Big hugs to you sweet lady!????????❤️????

    Johnny Brooks says:

    Susan I’m so sorry for the loss of Larry when the Good Lord made Larry he through away the mold. Larry was truly 1 of a kind. Me and him road horse out here when there were no fences. Good times no worries rest easy Larry . Prayers for you and your family Susan.

    Billy Thibodeaux says:

    Sorry for the loss of an old friend. Prayers for the family Billy Thibodeaux

    Lee Anna (Menard)Miller and Mark Miller says:

    Susan , so sorry for your great loss. My heart aches for you. Larry was such a genuine gentlemen. May God give you and the family peace.

    Haley and Victor Beemidi says:

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Larry’s passing. Love you Aunt Susan.

    Haley and Victor

    Mark Melancon says:

    Larry was a good friend and classmate at HF. We shared a lot of laughs. He always had a big smile. Prayers to his family, he will be missed.

    Brenda Lege' says:

    Susan and family to her of your loss. I will truly miss Larry at mass, If he walked by me on his way to communion, he would always tap me on my shoulder. A great man, He will me missed by many.

    Ruby Bell says:

    Sincere condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.

    Donnie Colston says:

    We are just heartbroken for Susan & all of Larry’s family & friends for the sudden loss of such a kind, special man! So unexpected to hear about this. We send our love, prayers & sympathies to all.

    Laura & Tim Wolfford says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Susan and All the family at this time.

    Ronnie Price says:

    One of a kind character! Great classmate! Last saw him at last class reunion! Hadn’t changed a bit! RIP Larry!!

    Kimberly Sykes Davis says:

    I met Larry through a friend when we stayed at his place when we were delivering supplies after Hurricane Harvey. He was larger than life, welcoming kind man along with his sweet wife Susan. I sure wish I had made it back to Texas. I wanted my husband to meet him they had similar interests. Larry sure had a heart as big as Texas!

    Martha Clubb Aucoin says:

    So very sorry for your loss

    Darla King says:

    Susan & Family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. Thinking of you during this time.

    Judy Detrick says:

    My heart hurts for you Susan and his children. Larry will always be near and dear in our hearts. If you need anything and I can do it for you please let me know. Love you , J and S

    Carol+and+James says:

    We are heartbroken over Larry’s death. He was always so kind and always smiling. May God cover you all with his loving arms and see you through this. All our love, James and Carol Gentz

    Elizabeth Royer says:

    Larry was one of a kind- a true gem! Prayers for comfort and peace of heart to Susan and family.

    Lots of love,
    Liz, The Crawfish Place

    Gene and Christina Schaffer says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. He was a cherished friend.

    Alison Irish says:

    My deepest condolences to the Bollich family. He was something else, no doubt! I’ll miss his regular ‘pocket dial calls’ and catching up with him.
    Sending love and prayers.

    Jesse Christian says:

    I’ve known, worked with (Gulf Pipeline), and been a friend of Larry’s since 1979. He was one of a kind. Hate to hear of his death but it will come to us all.
    I hope the family and friends remember the good times with Larry.
    Best wishes,
    Jesse Christian

    Gary and Regina Jones says:

    Our continued prayers to Susan and his family …he was truly a one of a kind Texan..

    Vicky Butler Page and Family says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s Passing. Love and Prayers for healing

    Roland and Jeanette Weekly says:

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was definitely one of a kind. A true gentleman always. You will be missed my friend. Prayers for the Family.

    Tommye Hodges says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. He grew up with my children at Hamshire- Fannett. He always gave this old lady a hug and we talked Horses or Dogs. Prayers of comfort & peace for all.

    Debby White says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you Susan, and all those who loved him.

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