Larry McAllister
February 21, 2020


A Celebration of Life will be held for Larry McAllister on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Shores in Emmetsburg.

The family will be welcoming friends who wish to pay their respects at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given in Larry's name to the following: Palo Alto County Health Foundation and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Larry McAllister was born on August 31, 1940 in Quincy, IL. He and his siblings grew up on the family farms near Meyer, IL and Lewistown, MO surrounded by Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

This gave Larry his focus on family that he carried throughout his life.

Larry attended Lewistown High School where he was a valued member of the basketball team until he graduated in 1957.

He went on to attend Northeast Missouri State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Education.

He taught high school business classes for a few years. He then chose to combine his passions for farming and business and accepted a position with Moorman's Manufacturing in their feed sales group where he stayed for 25 years.

In 1986, as Larry was driving through the state of Iowa as the state Sales Manager for Moorman's, he was noticing an increasing number of empty livestock lots.

Knowing that farmers could not make their commitments to banks and others if they did not have livestock to raise, he left Moorman's and started Prairie States Management Company.

Through Prairie States, Larry partnered investors with farmers. The investors would purchase the livestock and the farmers would bring them to market. With the money earned, the farmers were able to save their farms.

Eventually, the business grew, and Larry began raising his own hogs and managing the livestock of large pork producers.

Larry became a trusted advisor to the business community in and outside of Iowa and he served as an expert witness in farm related court cases.

Larry's sister, Karen, spoke volumes about his life in the way she ended conversations with him;

"You were a good son. You are a good husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. You are a good man."

Larry was greeted in heaven by his parents Kenneth and Ruth McAllister; honorary in-laws Charles and Betty Creech; Uncles and Aunts, Travis and Violet McAllister and Harvey and Martha Baecker; brother, Byron Kirk McAllister; Cousins, Norman and Maxine McAllister; son, Brent McAllister; and his beloved dog Punches.

He was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by his wife Marge; children Brenda Kincaid, Charla Egland and Troy McAllister along with their spouses Tom Kincaid, Mike Egland and Brenda Lea McAllister; sisters Karen McAllister and Anne Grace; nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Larry's greatest source of joy came from ten incredible humans who called him Grandad; Morgan and Patrick Kincaid, Logan, Hadley, Breighton and Connor Egland; and Larry, Cierra, Hunter and Macy McAllister.

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