Lawrence E. Middlestadt Jr.

Lawrence E. Middlestadt Jr.

Larry passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born March 30, 1951 in Plainwell the son of Lawrence and Marie (Meacham) Middlestadt. Larry served his country in the US Air Force. He had worked at the Big Top Grocery in Plainwell and at Checker Motor Company. On December 24, 1973 in Thailand he married Somkoun “Gonya” Meekai who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jonathon “J.J.” Middlestadt of Kalamazoo and Cheriann Stevens of Martin; grandson, Billy Stevens; sister, Terry Shook and brother, Darrell Middlestadt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Caroline and brother-in-law, Denny.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 6-8 P.M., Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Plainwell Assembly of God Church where a funeral service will be held at12:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 with Pastor Dave Alderman officiating.

Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Plainwell Assembly of God Church.

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  1. Gary and Becky Smalley says:

    We are going to miss Larry so much. He was a wonderful friend and brother in Christ to us. He was always there for us offering his encouragement and friendship. We are praying God’s loving arms to hold our dear friend Gonya during this difficult time. We love them both so very much. Larry always told me “bless you sister” every time I saw him. I will miss him dearly.

  2. Linda McCormick says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Larry was always such a very nice person & very caring. May the dear Lord watch over Gonya & his family. God Bless

  3. Marc&Janet Reardon says:

    So sorry to receive this news, as children Larry and I where very good freinds one of the kindest people I have ever known.We went our seperate ways as we grew but was always glad to run into Larry and talk of the old days. You Larry will be MISSED by many.

  4. Donna (Osborn) Ingraham says:

    Gonya, JJ, Cheriann, Terry, & Darrell we are so sorry to her of Larry’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are for you. We know Larry is with his dear Lord. Larry and his beautiful smile will be missed by many.
    Gonya the Lord will keep you strong and guide you through this difficult time.

  5. Rose M Sharrard says:

    Prayers to Larry’s family. He was a very special guy. I sold him his first car and he always reminded me of it when he would see me. So sorry for his passing. Gonya may the Lord watch over you

  6. Brenda Loviska says:

    I am sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. May the good Lord comfort you all at this sad time…

  7. Patrick & Sherri Fewless says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of such a terrific friend, husband, father and family member. Larry will be missed by so many! Gonya our hearts go out to you. May the Lord comfort you and bless you now and always.

  8. Marcella ( Clapper) Eidson says:

    So sorry to hear about Larry. We all grew up together and even though everyone went in their own direction, We all thought about our childhood friends. Prayers for you and the family.

  9. Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    Gonya, Terry, Darrell & Families: I just now (5/16) read this obituary on Larry. I certainly would have come up, if I had known about it. I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a good guy. I always enjoyed talking to him when we’d see him. May your memories and photos help you through this difficult time. Sending our thoughts, prayers and love.

  10. Jan (Meacham) Gerhart says:

    Gonya, Terri & Darrell & Families,
    So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, I wish someone had let me know so that I could be with you for the funeral. I’m saddened for you all, I know Larry will be missed by many. He always had a great smile for everyone! I hope all your good memories of him will sustain your thru this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all.
    Lotsa Love.

  11. Kevin & Cheryl Lanz says:

    Cheryl and I just found out about Larry’s passing. We are both very saddened as Cheryl didn’t really get to know Larry I treated you both as my older brother and sister. I loved working with Larry when we worked at Harding’s in Kalamazoo. I also enjoyed coming over for supper and enjoying your Thi food. If there is anything that Cheryl & I can do for you please let us know. Our telephone number is (269)6851065 or email is We want to open our hearts & home to you in your time of need. We loved Larry and you very much. Please don’t be a stranger.
    Kevin & Cheryl Lanz

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