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Larry D. Artis

Larry passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 1, 1943 in Scotts Hill, Tennessee, the son of Marvin and Lou Ellen (Shannon) Artis. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Plainwell High School had worked at General Motors in Kalamazoo until his retirement in 1998.

Larry enjoyed camping, sitting around the campfire and playing cards with his friends. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Larry was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul and T.O.P.S. On March 28, 1969 in Plainwell he married Mary Dumas who survives.

Also surviving are his children, William “Bill” (Tammy) Artis and Mike Artis both of Kalamazoo; daughter-in-law, Susan Artis of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Dale, Matthew Jr., Tara (Corey), David and Lucas; his brother, Jimmy (Pam)Artis and sisters-in-law, LaVaune Artis and Lesley Artis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sons, John and Matthew Artis Sr., and brothers, Bobby, Tommy and Jerry Artis. According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 4-7 P.M., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a scripture service beginning at 7 P.M.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran and Rev. Fr. Donald Klinger officiating.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to

Rose Arbor Hospice

or St. Margaret Catholic Church.

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Donna Ingraham

November 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Mary our hearts go out to you, as well as continued prayer’s. Larry was a loving husband and wonderful father, we were so proud the day you two married. The days ahead maybe hard, but we know you have so much love around you and especially that of the Lord. We will see you soon.

Love, Donna & Brent


Terry VanLent

November 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

I’m so sorry for loss Mary…Larry was such a nice person, I’m praying for your heart to heal …may God Bless you and your family❤️ Terry Arehart VanLent


Tom and Pam Roth

November 15, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Larry was the nicest,kindest man and was an instant friend to all.Our neighborhood will miss him dearly


Sandy Seiler

November 15, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Rest In Peace Larry!

You’re going to be greatly missed.

Our prayers for Mary and family.

Jack and Sandy Seiler


Joyce Wahmhoff

November 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sending my love and prayers. I will always remember Larry’s smile and kindness.


Colleen Elkins (Robinson)

November 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Mary, Bill & Mike, I am so very sorry for your loss. Larry was a very sweet man and I have fond childhood memories of him. My prayers are with you Mary and the family. I pray for strength and comfort for the trials ahead. Love you guys


Bill & Sally James

November 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Mary – Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Larry was a very special long time family friend. He will be very missed.



November 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Sending our love to the Artis family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Lisa and Greg Youtzy


Natalie Witt

November 15, 2019 at 8:21 pm

My heartfelt thoughts are with Larry’s family! He will be missed dearly at Friday Night Bingo ….


Maria Dinah Howrigon

November 15, 2019 at 8:27 pm

My heart goes out to you Mary. What great man and great person he was. Jerry and I are thinking of you and sending our love.


Chris Schofield

November 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

Mary: So sorry for your loss


Jackie Bryan

November 15, 2019 at 8:35 pm

So sorry for your loss Larry was an awesome guy.


Sandy and Dan Fleming

November 15, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Mary and family, Dan and I want to express our deepest and most sincere sympathy to you all for the passing of Larry. You are all in our prayers at his most difficult time. And pray for comfort from family and friends.


Donna Reed Hall

November 16, 2019 at 1:49 am

Mary And Family- My heart goes out to you!! I only knew Larry from Bingo for several Years, He was such a Kind Man!!He will be Very Missed!! May God walk this Sad Journey with you and ease your broken hearts!!Fly With The Angels Larry!!!


Paula and Tom Holmes

November 16, 2019 at 5:28 am

Mary,We ate so sorry for your loss

Larry was a sweet man.He will be sorely miss.


Carla Finch

November 16, 2019 at 8:31 am

I’m sorry for the loss of Larry. He has been a great friend, and cared about everyone. Thank you Larry being a friend.


Jon Campbell

November 16, 2019 at 9:08 am

Thoughts and prayers for the family.


Hal Hobson-Morse

November 16, 2019 at 9:21 am

So very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man, with a loving family and many friends. Much love to all as you grieve.


Marilyn-Root-Anderson and George

November 16, 2019 at 9:22 am

Mary and family – We are so very sorry to learn of the passing of Larry and are sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family at this most difficult time in your lives. Larry was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Love and hugs to all of you.


Cathy Dugan

November 16, 2019 at 9:54 am

Mary,I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and the family.


Dan and Andrea McGuire

November 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

We will miss Larry. He was always so friendly and a big help for all of St. Margaret’s ministries. Our thoughts and prayers for Larry and his family.

God Bless.



November 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

My thoughts and prayers go to the family and especially to my friend Mike Artis. May your father rest in peace and joy. My love to you Mike always- Kath


Janice (Meacham) Gerhart

November 17, 2019 at 6:13 am

Mary and Family, So very sorry to hear that Larry has passed but glad he is now at peace. I know you will be wrapped in love by your family and many friends, Mary, and the good memories of your years with such a loving husband will help you thru this difficult time. Love you!

Cousin Jan


Kathy (James) Sparks

November 17, 2019 at 11:41 am

Mary, Bill, Mike & Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Larry has been a long-time special family friend and will always be remembered. Our continued thoughts and Prayers.

Love, Kathy


Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut

November 17, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Mary, So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I’m sure it’s a huge loss for you, but Larry has gone through so much and now he can Rest In Peace. I didn’t see Larry lots, but when I did see him, he was always pleasant and had a big smile! Mary, may your wonderful memories help you through the difficult days! Sending my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love you! Sherry (Cousin)


Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut

November 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Mary, So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I’m sure it’s a huge loss for you, but Larry had gone through so much and now he can Rest In Peace. I didn’t see Larry lots, but when I did see him, he was always pleasant and had a big smile! Mary, may your wonderful memories help you through the difficult days! Sending my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love you! Sherry (Cousin)


Tony Holewinski

November 17, 2019 at 11:40 pm

To the entire Artis family, my love to you at this difficult time. Larry was a wonderful father & a patient & caring man. His quick smile & wit will be missed by many.

Tony Holewinski


Monica Gillett

November 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

Sincere condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Elma Jean Gillett

November 19, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Mary, my heart goes out to you and your family with prayers hugs and love always . Larry will always be remembered for a wonderful kind person to all. May God give you strength and wrap his arms around you. Much love Elma Jean Gillett


Judy Osborn

November 19, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Dear Mary n family.

Sorry for your loss. Hope you find peace n comfort during this difficult time.


Dave Newhouse

November 20, 2019 at 1:20 pm

So very sorry for your loss. May our Lord comfort you and give you peace.


Shannon Mcanelly

November 20, 2019 at 8:02 pm

Mike & family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Shannon and Sarah McAnelly


LaRayne Sweet

November 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Such a wonderful amazing Man, you will be missed


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