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Larry Waschka 
 

Larry Waschka
July 2, 1962 - November 5, 2004

     Larry Waschka, age 42 passed away on Friday, November 5th, 2004.  He was vacationing with his family in Ixtapa, Mexico when he drowned while body surfing in the Pacific Ocean when the waves threw him to the bottom of the ocean and he was knocked unconscious.  Larry had a love for the water and all water sports.  He was a competition slalom, wakeboarder, and barefoot skier; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and anything that involved the great outdoors. 

      Larry was the President of Waschka Capital Investments, a firm that he started from scratch in 1990 with only 12 clients and $3 million under management and built up to a company with over $110 million under management.  He was voted the past four years one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in the United States and wrote numerous articles for newspapers and other publications, had his own radio show and was on numerous T.V. shows over the years including appearances on CNN-FN, CNBC, MSNBC and Bloomberg TV.  He wrote three books including, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Rich, published by Macmillan Company in 1996 that sold over 110,000 copies. 

     He was a long time Board Member and supporter of the Centers for Youth and Families, a member of the Camp Aldersgate Board; he was a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, and the Chairman of the Club 99 Foundation for the Rotary Club of Little Rock.  Although he’d accomplished so much at the young age of 42 Larry was always busy striving to get better and he had so much more yet to do.  It will not be his business success that he is remembered for but how much fun he was to be around.  He was also the type of friend that was always there for you in tough times.

     He is survived by his wife Jessica Dolan Waschka whom he was thrilled to marry on October 25, 2003, and to call her the love of his life.  He is also survived by his father, Lawrence Waschka, Sr.; his mother, Beverly Brewer; his stepmother, Julie Waschka; his stepfather, John Thomas Brewer; one brother, Paul Waschka; his paternal grandmother, Anna Elizabeth Waschka; two stepbrothers, Robert Paterson and Christian Brewer; and one stepsister, Lee Ann Herndon and a host of other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edward Waschka; his maternal grandfather, Harvey E. Paul, Jr. and his maternal grandmother, Bonita Glaze Paul.

     Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 11, 2004 at the St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock with Cary Martin officiating. Other speakers will also participate. 

      Friends may the visit at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock (501-224-8300) from 12 noon until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2004 and the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Centers for Youth & Families, P.O. Box 251970, Little Rock, AR  72225 or the  Rotary Club of Little Rock, 2821 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Suite 1B, Little Rock, AR  72205.

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