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Jeffery S. Larrabee

Jeff passed away, Sunday, August 6, 2023 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 16, 1963 in Kalamazoo to John and Donna (Vandelaare) Larrabee. Right out of high school Jeff began working in construction. He worked on multiple nuclear power plants around the country as a union carpenter and for Exon and FEMA doing clean up after hurricanes in Florida.

He went on to own and operate Jeff Larrabee Construction. He spent most of his life building. Jeff built homes, commercial building, restaurants, churches and barns. Being able to see the final product and direct all the steps to get it there was one of his finest qualities.

In his free time Jeff enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Mexico and Hawaii, fishing, working on his farm and taking care of his animals.

Surviving are his daughters, Brittani and Lindsi; father, John; siblings, Joe (Gwen) Larrabee and Jesse (Shelly) Larrabee; nieces and nephews, Danyalle, Gabriel, Kaylee, Matthew and Michael and his partner, LeeAnn Spangenberg.

He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Sandra Montie.

Friends may visit with Jeff’s family from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A celebration of life will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Jeff may be made to the

Allegan County Animal Shelter


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Robin and Jeff Leiby

August 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

You all have endured so much loss in the last two years. Sending our deepest condolences to all. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Barb Butler

August 8, 2023 at 4:36 pm

So very sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Keeping is family in our thoughts and prayers.


Alex&Maryjo Esnaola

August 8, 2023 at 5:33 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. It has been a tough 2 1/2 years for our family. We will keep you in our prayers. If you need anything we are here to help.


Marcia Meyle

August 9, 2023 at 11:48 am

Cousin, you will be missed. Our family had had a rough 3 years. Know you are in our prayers.


Sarah (Veldt) Armbrust

August 9, 2023 at 7:52 pm

Sorry for your loss, Jeff (our cousin) will be missed. Tony, Mom (Jo Ann Veldt) and I will keep in our prayers.


Lori Covell Hiles

August 9, 2023 at 10:21 pm

My heart is breaking. Just saw Jeff. After years at my Mom’s celebration of life in May of this year, So thankful I got to see our longtime friend , Life, Family and friendships are so precious, My condolences to John and Family keeping you all in My prayers. Many memories with this beautiful Family.


Mandy Fuller

August 10, 2023 at 7:58 pm

Thoughts and prayers to Jeff’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff always had a big smile on his face. I had the pleasure to work with him. He will be missed.


John Boer

August 11, 2023 at 6:41 pm

Sorry for your loss

Had not talked to Jeff in a long while but when I did he always had a smile


Jerry Stenstrom

August 11, 2023 at 7:11 pm

Jeff and I teamed up to build our house on Owen Hills. Always enjoyed spending time with him. Big hearted guy.

Prayers for comfort to the family.



November 2, 2023 at 11:17 pm

I helped build that house


Heather Adams

August 11, 2023 at 7:12 pm

To the family, I have had the pleasure of knowing Jeff for 8years though my time working at Menards in Kalamazoo. He always lifted my mood when I saw him. Making me laugh our bringing me little Debby snacks! He always knew how to cheer me up. I will miss him dearly.


Julie Greco

August 12, 2023 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for being such a great friend to Tony, myself and our family. We will miss that big smile and kind heart! Our condolences to your family and loved ones.


Robert Miller

August 13, 2023 at 2:23 pm

So sorry to hear this news! Jeff and I have been friends for about 20 years. He was a great friend! I will miss talking with him and his sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss!


MaryAnn Carpenter

August 21, 2023 at 4:56 am

Jeff lived life to the fullest.

He had a contagious laugh.

Jeff enjoyed his beautiful land, the sunset were breath taking.

Jeff absolutely loved his farm animals.

They loved him in return.

Our sympathy goes out to his family.



November 2, 2023 at 11:10 pm

I knew Jeff for a very long time. He not only taught me how to use heavy machinery, and read a tale k easurer to gis liking. , but power tools, and made me yell out ” Thats a cut line Larrabee” every time I was making a cut after screwing up so many 2×4’s. He was a very close friend and confidante. He always told the guys we worked with that my name was Mary Lou so they wouldn’t harrass or hit on me. He protected me. He was like my big brother. I can’t believe hes gone. I just tried to call him and the # was blocked so I dug a little deeper. Im still in shock. He was one of my best and clisest friends.


Robin Hemenway

November 3, 2023 at 2:19 am

Ill always be Mary Lou, and probably everytime I use a Skil Saw I’ll yell out “Cut line Larrabee


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