Larry D. Guess

Larry D. Guess

Larry went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his home in Shelbyville.

He was born November 23, 1944 in Kalamazoo the son of Ernie and Nora (Dowell) Guess. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had worked for many years at Plainwell Paper until his retirement in 2000.

In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with Bubby and Maybelle, fishing, listening to music, attending football and baseball games, spending time outdoors, tending his flowers and mowing his yard. Larry was a member of the American Legion Post 84 in Otsego and had enjoyed spending the last 20 winters in Florida with his wife.

On June 9, 1990 he married Myrtle Sparks who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Deanna Sonnerville, Laura Witherspoon, Dawn Forsmann, Brian Guess, Kimberly Noble, Matt Noble, Della Hilts, Christina Thompson and Shelly Belka; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his siblings, Betty Guess, Ernest, Jerry and Bob Guess; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley Caswell and wife, Cora Guess.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family starting at 12:00 P.M., Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Orangeville, until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Mike Risner officiating.

Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Orangeville.

Military Honors by the American Legion Post 84 of Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Reverence Home Health and Hospice.

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  1. Julie Forsmann says:

    To Dawn, Laura, Brian and family:

    So very sorry for the loss of your father. My love and prayers are with you.

    Love, Julie

  2. Debbie Walley says:

    Larry was a dear friend who was married to cousin Myrtle. We all had grown to love Larry much. He loved church and his family very much. We all miss him so much at church. Till we meet again may you RIP.

  3. Jane Kling says:

    Myrtle and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. May the memories you share bring you comfort and peace in the days to come.

  4. Jo golden says:

    Myrtle and family I am so sorry for your loss my heart is with you all I wish I could comfort you just know that I’m thinking of you and I love you all very much Jo

  5. Jessica Elkins says:

    Larry was good to everyone, we shared many fishing stories, but I’d have to say my favorite thing he did was dress up as Santa Claus for the children at our last Christmas program in 2017. You will be missed. My condolences go out to the family. I love you all, my God bless you all in this sad time.

  6. Thomas Moran says:

    Larry a great guy enjoy talking and working with him at the paper mill prayers to the family.

  7. Michelle Abbey says:

    My heart breaks for you, Myrtle. I enjoyed your Facebook posts of your times in Florida. I know you took such good care of Larry after he came home from the hospital.

  8. Paul & Lula Mathis says:

    Were very to hear of Larry`s passing, He will be missed by all , May Our thoughts and prayers be with you.

  9. BRENDA PORTER says:

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family, Myrtle. My Heart breaks for you..The deep love and devotion you and your family had for Larry, was seen by many..may he RIP…

  10. Kim Noble says:

    Part of my heart. I don’t know how we are supposed to do this without you. We will love u forever and always. A piece of you will always be with us. I love u papa.. Love your-baby

  11. Jo Minor says:

    Dear Myrtle, I am so sorry to learn of your recent sorrow. You had a great life together and a strong marriage. May you strong faith in Christ sustain you during this time. Sincerely, Jolene and Dan Minor

  12. Judy (Bud) VanDenBerg says:

    Myrtle So very sorry for your loss….

  13. Myrtle Guess says:

    Thank you all so much for all the kind words. Larry was the kind of husband, father, grandfather, and friend, I wish everyone could have. He truly blessed everyone that knew him. I thank God, I got to be part of his life for 29 years. He was such a blessing to me. I love you more than words can say. Love to all.

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