Larry J. Myers

Larry J. Myers

Larry passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at his home in Otsego.

He was born July 4, 1947 in Allegan to Clifford and Lois (Sweet) Myers. The youngest of 11 children he grew up on the family farm in Trowbridge Township. Larry was a 1965 Allegan High School graduate and joined the US Army in 1966 serving in Vietnam. After returning home in 1968 he met Jan Ellwood in Saugatuck, MI and they were married February 14, 1969 in Otsego at the United Methodist Church. Larry started working for General Motors in December of 1968 at the Comstock plant and was transferred to the Marion, IN plant in 1993 where he worked for four years before returning to the area. In 2006 after 37 ½ years he retired from the 34th St. plant in Grand Rapids. In 1998 he went to work part time for Winkel Funeral Home until 2015.

Larry was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Stephany in 1970 and Stacey in 1972. He loved his family and always worked hard to provide for them. Helping his girls sneak a snack after their mom said they couldn’t have one was one of his biggest jobs. He was an avid bowler having bowled a perfect game in 2011 and also enjoyed golfing. One of his greatest loves was the Detroit Tigers. He was always willing to take the girls fishing with him and they always talked baseball. Larry was a hard worker who loved big hugs and smiles. He enjoyed woodworking and made several pieces of various furnishings for his home and took pride in the wooden cradles he made for each of his grandchildren along with the memorial flag boxes he made for the funeral home, friends and family. Larry served proudly for 15 years on the Otsego Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Jan; his daughters, Stephany Rose of Richland and Stacey (Gregory) Herman of San Francisco, CA; grandson, Nathan Campbell of Plainwell; granddaughter, Michela Rose of Richland; his siblings, Bertha Miller of Allegan, George Myers of FL, Irene Miller of Kalamazoo, Eugene Myers of Plainwell, Leslie Myers of FL, Marion Myers of Holland, Lucille Harrington of Comstock and Kathleen Groth of Martin; his nephew who was like his brother, Jerry Myers of Allegan and several nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Elton Myers and his oldest brother, Vernon Myers.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 5-8 P.M on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego, with Celebrant Bill Rose and Pastor John Moore officiating. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the American Cancer Society, Otsego VFW Post #3030, Otsego Fire Department or to Reverence Home Health & Hospice.

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  1. Sue Lindsey says:

    Dear Jan and family — My thoughts and sympathy are with you at this time. God has called another one of the ” Good Guys ” home. Larry will be greatly missed. I could always count on a big hug from him each and every time I saw him! He was a special person and will be missed by all. Keep your memories close, and may you feel the love of our Heavenly Father surround you through the coming days, giving you peace and comfort. Much love, Sue

  2. Pat Filkins says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Brings back many memories of fun times . He was a special guy that always seemed genuinely happy to see you and chat. May your wonderful memories help you thru the coming days, and may God bless

  3. Rick and Mary Howrigon says:

    Jan and Family
    We send our thoughts and prayers to each f you at this very sad time. if you should need a helping hand Jan we are only a block away and would love to be of service to you.

  4. Bill & Brenda Standish says:

    What a great guy Larry was. He’s going to leave a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  5. Amy-Jo Klumpp Steele says:

    So very sorry to hear this news, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time may God be with you all to give you love, strength and peace. Thinking of you all and sending many prayers to all of you ! God Bless!

  6. Lauri Krueger (Seibert) says:

    My heart is breaking for Jan, Steph, Stacey and family. Larry was a wonderful man. From days of my Dad Jerry being on the fire department with him, to being friends with Steph, he always had a hug and a smile for me no matter how much time had passed. I am so sorry and I love you all. <3

  7. Sarah Volker-Clemens says:

    Dear Jan, Stephany, Stacey and family, I pray you all feel the love and support surrounding you all at this hard time. May loving memories help to bring you all peace and know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Janis DeHaan says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. It was always a joy to see his smile at our class reunions. My prayers are with Jan and the family.

  9. gary burd says:

    I cant say this about very many men that I have known, but Larry was truly a sweet person. I can NEVER recall a time when that huge smile wasn’t on his face. It was an honor to be a member of the Otsego Fire Dept. with him, and to call him my friend. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to Jan, Stephany, Stacey and the rest of his friends and family. Rest in peace my friend!!!

  10. Dr. Charles Armitage says:

    Jan & Family:

    On behalf of the former faculty and staff at Allegan High School, let me express our deepest sympathy at the passing of Larry.
    I was lucky enough to have had Larry in class and as his coach,
    He was a genuine gentleman and a pleasure to have been able to have called him a friend in later years.
    Thank you, Jan, for letting me talk with him recently. God bless.

    Coach Armitage
    Normal, Illinois

  11. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    To Jan, Stacy and Stephanie, we send our deepest condolences to you and all other family. We always enjoyed Larry and his big smiles and always welcoming attitude. We spent some good times together back many years ago. We shall never forget him. May you find peace in knowing he is no longer in pain and discomfort.

  12. Jim & Dorothy McNees says:

    Jan, Stephany and Stacey: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry will be missed by all those who knew him. He always had a smile weather he was working at Winkles, bowling or out golfing. May he rest in peace.

  13. Judy Coleman Lampen says:

    I was able to see Larry at our 50th class reunion. I had no idea he was sick. He had that big smile on his face like always.
    My thoughts and prayers to Jan and the family.

  14. Sally & Bill Oge says:

    Our prayers are with you Jan and the Family. I have know Larry all my life and he will be missed.

  15. Mike & Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a genuine nice guy. Always ready to talk and reminisce about old times. So sorry for your loss Jan, Stphany, and Stacey.

  16. Judi Miller says:

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our prayers and love are with your family at this difficult time. Larry was a wonderful father and friend.

  17. Wendy Hendricks Moyer says:

    Jan, Stephany and Stacey, I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I will always have fond memories of Larry. You are all in my prayers. Love and God bless, Wendy

  18. Bob Winchester says:

    Jan and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing away. As well as being my very good friend he was a very much loved member of the AHS Class of 1965 and will be greatly missed by us all. May he rest in peace and may we all keep fond memories of Larry in our hearts.

  19. Lynn and Bob Higgs says:

    Dear Jan, Stephany, Stacey, and family. We send our deepest sympathy to you all, we pray that God’s love, comfort, peace will surround you. We cherish the times our families shared with Larry, always a twinkle of joy in his heart and deep in his soul. God’s love to you all..

  20. Bill & Sheila Johnson says:

    Jan, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  21. Mike McKeown says:

    It was great to eat with Larry at our 50th class reunion we talked about classmates and playing football in school. Larry spoke about making the flag memorial boxes and he made one for me for a flag I received when my father passed away. Thank You my Friend… Rest in Peace and I’ll think of you at our next reunion.

  22. Amanda Mason & Dave Seaman says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss Jan. Your family is in our thoughts during this time.

  23. Tammy Leonard says:

    Dear Jan and family, I met Larry many years ago when I was a Den Mother.. Larry was such a wonderful person .. So kind to the children! He was a one of kind person! The world was Blessed with his existence. I’m confident his love is still here for you to feel.

  24. Deb & Larry Belden says:

    Jan, we are so sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. Larry always had a smile and was a great guy. I remember the old days and the good times. May you & the girls feel Gods loving presence in the coming days! My heart hurts for you. R.I.P. Larry.

  25. Tim & Jennifer Mitchell says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! Larry was truly a wonderful guy who will surely be missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers…

  26. Patricia Wilcox says:

    Dear Jan and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, and the father of your girls. It is always such a difficult time. May you feel the love and support of many others. May you feel God’s peace, love, comfort, and understanding at this time. Blessings and prayers for all of you.

  27. Jan Hillmann says:

    Larry was a wonderful man who gave great hugs and always had a smile on his face! Larry is now with God and is no longer in pain. I am so sorry for your loss… prayers are with the family.

    Love to you all,
    Jan, Dan, Branden and Kylee

  28. Dennis Hiemstra says:

    Jan and family;
    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Its was always a pleasure to see him. May you’re memories comfort you at this difficult time.

  29. Jim & Bonnie Hoffman says:

    Jan and girls, you all know how we loved and cherished our special friendship over the years and now our hearts are broken with Larry leaving us.Please know that we are here for any of you anytime day or night. We will never forget you Larry James and we love you, until we meet in heaven! Jim,Bonnie,Jamie & Jeff Hoffman

  30. Shelly Pattison says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I know that he was a special man and very big part of all of your lives. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May Larry rest in peace.

  31. Pam Kuiper says:

    Jan and family

    Your family was always kind to our family. Michael and the girls will miss Larry ‘s smile. Our prayers are with you

    Pam Kuiper and family

  32. Jon & Christine Campbell says:

    Out thoughts and prayers are with the Myers family. Larry was a wonderful man, and we are sure he is enjoying all of the bounty Heaven has held for him.

  33. Dan Miller says:

    I feel sadden for Jan and her girls for the loss of my Uncle Larry. Also, my mom Irene and his brothers and sisters, and others that were close to him. Unfortunately, Larry was take young, but I sure believe with all of my heart that God has a plan for all of us and we will see him again as well as all of those we lose in this life. There will be a great celebration. Jan, I hope the future will bring joy for you and your family. You are in my heart today.

    I remember Larry as a good uncle as I was growing up. Always kind to me and others. Had a big smile when he greeted me and others. Though I have lived out west the past 40 years and have had little opportunity to see and converse with him during those years, I am teary eyed right now and missing him.

    May God Bless,
    Love Danny

  34. Barb Farr (Mary & Dave Olson's niece) says:

    Jan & family – I was very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. I will remember you and Larry sharing time at Pretty Lake and his infectious smile.

    Sincerely, Barb

  35. Andrea Creech says:

    Jan and Girls, I am deeply saddness with the death of Larry. He was SUCH a great man who will be forever remembered for his HUGE SMILE!
    I will continue to pray for the family especially Makela as she lost her Paw Paw.
    Hugs to you all.

  36. Bill & Donna Gurn says:

    Jan, we are so, so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing! Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace at this difficult time in your life. Love ‘Ya, Bill & Donna

  37. Jerry & Joyce Kruithoff says:

    We met Larry when we lived on Windigo while taking a walk . When Larry was outside he would stop what he was doing and say hello & visit! Jan, you & family are in our prayers.

  38. Lani Hendricks-Poynter says:

    Jan and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Larry was truly one of the good guys, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Prayers winging!

  39. Yvonne Slater says:

    So sorry to hear about larry. I didnt.know him well but Floyd did and always spoke of him in a loving way. He was a great guy. My condolences.

  40. Sandy Zantello says:

    Larry was a blessing to his family and friends. I will miss his gentle nature and smile. God bless Larry and his family.

  41. Gail Campbell says:

    Jan, Stephany, and Stacey. In my memories of Larry, He was a fun loving man who loved his family very much. He showed kindness to so many people. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. May god bless you in your time of need.

  42. Scott Pierce says:

    Larry was always fun to be around, at work it was never boring if you we with Larry. Many great times with him, will be missed. May GOD be with the family.

  43. Melissa & Dean Eckstrom says:

    We were so blessed to have known Larry. His laugh and smile were infectious and it was such a pleasure to be in his presence. He will be missed! Hugs to you Jan, Steph, Stacey and family. Keeping all if you in our prayers.

  44. Walt Schmidt says:

    Larry was a great guy I enjoyed working with him and seeing him up north at walahalla during deer season He will be missed

  45. Bob & Pat Grinnell says:

    We are so saddened to learn of the passing of Larry. We can recall the good times our families enjoyed years ago. The fun times Larry and I during our time at work. Will always remember his friendly smile.
    May our lord be with you, Stacy and Stephany as you continue life’s journey.

  46. Doug & Shirley Duryea says:

    Jan and all the family we send you our prayers for your loss of a dear one.
    Love Doug & Shirley

  47. Lenore Sartini says:

    A great guy to be missed by so many. May God grant peace to Jan and the family.

  48. Larry & Char MacDonald says:

    Dear Jan & family — We are so sorry to learn that Larry’s battle with cancer has ended. His warm & caring nature will live on through you, your daughters, grandkids & family. May the support of many family & community members bring you peace in this most difficult time. Unfortunately we are out-of-state so can not attend the service, but we will be with you in spirit, Larry & Char MacDonald

  49. Ben and Sue Woodhams says:

    Jan, sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  50. Michelle and Brian TenHove says:

    Jan, Stephany and Stacey we are sorry for your loss. Larry was an amazing, kind friend with an infectious smile. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Love and God bless-Michelle and Brian

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  52. Bill & Marlita Walker says:

    Jan & family — Larry was a great neighbor, always going the extra mile to help with yards, shoveling, borrowing golf clubs–and always with a twinkle in his eye. He always had time to chat–we will miss his wave when we take our walks. Prayers for strength and peace as you face the days ahead. “Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”

  53. Stewart Frank says:

    Jan, Stephany and Stacey, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. When I think of Larry it brings many good memories and a smile to my face. He was just a flat out good guy. He will be missed by all who knew him, May God bless you all and the beauty of his memory will surely comfort you. Stewart

  54. Roger & Dixie Dalrymple says:

    Jan / Girls: Sorry to hear of Larry passing. We didn’t know he was ill. He always had a happy go lucky way about him. We will always remember the good times at the New Year’s parties. Remember all the good times you’ve shared with him. Our thoughts are with you today.

  55. Carol Smith Hoffman says:

    Larry & I were both Allegan “country” kids. We each grew up on farms in Trowbridge Township but never met until we were bussed into Allegan as Freshmen on the same bus. Even as a Freshman, Larry had the gift of making every person he met feel important and special. His genuine accepting behavior towards others distinguished him as a “gentleman” in every sense of the word. R.I.P. you very, very kind man.

  56. Pamela Hitchcock says:

    Dearest Jan & girls & family. I was saddened beyond words to hear that Larry had passed away. I know we have lost touch over the years but you are all still in my heart. I am sending healing prayers for you and the girls, Jan. Larry was such a great person & I have such fond memories of all the good times we shared back in the day. Please know that your gal pals from back in the day are still here for you, dear. Pam

  57. Margaret Hyett Warning says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all of Larry’s family. I grew up in Trowbridge and went to the one room school house with Larry. We lived so close that I could see Larry’s family home from our kitchen window.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  58. Joanne Chapman says:

    Dear Jan, Irene and Bertha and families, I was so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I didn’t know he was ill. Jan, especially thinking of you in the coming days ahead. I know your wonderful girls will be by your side. You are a strong gal but lean on God’s grace to get you through. He is able and willing and loves you and will be your great comforter. I will be praying for you, Love Joanne

  59. Barbara (Miller) Bowen says:

    Dear Jan and girls. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I remember going to the farm and uncle Larry would be in the barn helping his dad do chores and listening to the Detroit Tigers on WKZO Radio . He loved those Tigers! He was a great uncle and a very special person he will be missed by everyone.

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