Phillip Largent

Phillip Largent

Phillip “Sam” Largent passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born May 22, 1942 in Plainwell the son of Herbert and Ruby (Stratton) Largent. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force. Sam was very handy and enjoyed building things. He also enjoyed reading and working as a forklift mechanic.

On July 10, 1993 he married Carolyn Avery who survives. Also surviving are his step-son, Michael Sullivan of Arkansas, brother, Michael Largent of Plainwell and his step-mother, Zelma Largent of Plainwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Judy, Tina and Linda and by his brother, Ralph.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4-6 P.M., Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

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  1. Dalton family says:

    Carolyn so sorry for your loss. I have been Sam and Carolyn’s neighbor for 13 years they are very nice people. I will mis not taking to Sam.

  2. Elwyn Engelter says:

    Good neighbor in the early years and good friend after we both moved, the sum of 44 years of knowing Sam was all good.

  3. Bob and Joyce Bloom says:

    Carolyn, we were so sorry to read of Sam’s passing. You are in our thoughts.

  4. Judy jones says:

    Carolyn, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time!!!

  5. Pat Wyatt says:

    Carolyn, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for their days ahead.

  6. Dianne Robinson & family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Sam had a wonderful personality.

  7. Orville Brakebill says:

    Carolyn, i am so sorry about Sam. I enjoyed our visits over the years. Prayers for you in the days ahead.

  8. Jerri says:

    My memories of Uncle Sam stem back to when l was about 5 years old. He was so very sweet to my sister Terri and l. We used to visit him at the gas station in Plainwell. He used to let us play like we were the cashiers and we would add things up on his 10 key adding machine, we would beg to go visit him. I remember at graduation he yelled out my name and said there’s my girl. I acted embarressed yet was so delighted to be acknowledged with his loud cheer of encourgement. His spirit was always that of a young, happy fellow that had no concept of time, right Aunt Carolynn? Even when l visited him this past August, l was shocked at how youthful he appeared at 75. Forever a Peter Pan…Until l see you again…RIP my dear Uncle Sam.

  9. Dave & Jamie Brock says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. We will very much miss his visits to the tow lot.

  10. Phillip and Pat Jimmerson says:

    Carolyn, we are saddened to hear about the death of Sam. We have a lot of good memories of you two. And we know he was the love of your life. Sorry we can’t be there with you, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you whenever you are back in Texarkana.

    Pat and Phillip Jimmerson

  11. Bill Ball says:

    Carolyn, So very sorry to here the news about Sam. It has been a pleasure to be able to know him and share many stories and good times together. I thought the world of him. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  12. Dixie Richards says:

    Praying for strength and comfort for you Carolyn and also Sams family.
    Always looked forward to seeing you both at Christmas.

  13. Lou Bach says:

    Carolyn, So sorry to hear about Sam. My deepest sympathy to you and your son.

  14. Barbara Avery says:

    Continued prayers for you and your family.

  15. Terry and Lori Steele says:

    Mike and Zelma,
    Sending prays. Thinking about you both.

  16. Gene and Frances Ross says:

    Carolyn, we send our prayers and love to you during this time of your loss. It has been a long time since I have seen you, but kept up with you through Dorothy for years, and FB. May God bless you with peace and comfort. Love you.

  17. Linda (Rice) Snider says:

    We are so very saddened to hear this about Sam. My family has known him for for many many years. He was a good friend to my parents (John and Hazel Rice) and was such a great friend to my brother, Phillip. He helped and supported him so much during his last years of life. Sam will be missed and remembered with fondness. So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man!

  18. Lorna Sisson says:

    What a quiet giant. Sam was…such an amazing friend to Chuck and Judy. He was there in his quiet way to do great things to help them whenever there was a need. His generosity and unconditional friendship, I will never forget. Thanks,Sam.

  19. Deb Kiel says:

    Sam was a wonderful man he was always there for my mother and father in law he was a great friend to Chuck. Such a kind man, he will be missed.

  20. Mary Beth and John says:

    Carolyn, we are so sorry to hear of Sams passing away. We are glad we got to meet him and enjoy the visit . He is a nice and humorous man that loved and took good care of you. We pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead……

  21. Tim and Laurie Andrus says:

    Sam has been a friend to my family for too many years to count. I always appreciated his humor and his concern for my mom as her health declined. Sam always had an idea for how to “fix it” and it might take some time but he always got it done. We will miss him. Carolyn you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Carmon Westberg says:

    New to the neighborhood, but Sam was always friendly and gave us water when we needed a new well….so very sad to hear the news! Greatest Condolences to Carolyn and family! If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!
    Herb and Carmon Westberg

  23. Judith Barden-nash says:

    Sorry to learn of Sam’s passing he was a great classmate we always had fun in school God got another angel

  24. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Our thoughts and sympathy are with all of the Largent family. Phil was a really nice and sincere guy and will be missed by many .

  25. Chris ad Kathy Kurzmann says:

    Very sad to hear about Sam passing, a true friend,we will miss him,our prayers include you Carolyn.

  26. Duane Bowker says:

    Duane and I send you our condolences to you and your family. Duane worked with Sam back in the 70’s at S.M.E. on forklifts . Stayed in touch until 2000 when he returned to K Lift in Kalamazoo/ After leaving K Lift stayed in touch with Sam at his residence in Plainwell.

  27. Brad & Susan Bloom says:

    Carolyn, Brad and I were so sorry to hear about Sam’s passing. You and Sam were such great neighbors and we always enjoyed seeing you both. I pray that God will ease the pain of your loss.

  28. Brent and Merri Berner says:

    We both have so many memories of Sam. Many of which took place either in his shop or his barn at home. A “quick” drop in always lasted much longer. As trucking stories were shared and his latest “project “ was discussed at length. We are so very sad to hear of his passing and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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