Age 76, of Owosso, passed away early Friday, July 5, 2019, at Memorial Healthcare.
A visitation service will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso, followed by a short and informal graveside service at Wildwood Cemetery in Oakley.
Larry was born in Buffalo Calf, West Virginia, Dec. 21, 1942. He was raised by his mother Mary Furr and his grandparents, Otis and Nellie Furbee. After high school, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country from 1961 to 1965. During this time, he served tours on the USS Boxer, and the USS Randolph. He took part in the recovery of multiple space capsules, and had the honor of acting as an orderly for astronaut John Glenn upon his return to earth.
After he was honorably discharged, Larry obtained a degree in industrial arts from Salem College in Salem, West Virginia. He was then employed by the G.C. Murphy Company and became assistant manager at a store in Owosso, where he met his loving wife, Susan.
Larry and Susan periodically took up residency in numerous states throughout the U.S. for Larry’s work, after which he and Susan settled back in Owosso to raise a family. He later became employed at Universal Electric and retired after 32 years. Larry enjoyed many hobbies, most of which were outdoor activities; including cave exploring, climbing, fishing, camping, hunting, hiking and canoeing. He was also a talented artist, who enjoyed painting, wood working and sculpting.
Larry was well-known for his unique humor and his vivid storytelling about his life experiences. He loved his family with all his heart and provided them with a lifetime of valued lessons through his folksy adages. Larry’s most notable gestures of love and devotion to his family involved creating or fixing things that brought value to their lives. If they were ever in need and Larry could provide it, they would have it. Larry loved his “tweetheart,” Susan. After nearly 47 wonderful years of marriage, Larry and Susan still danced lovingly together in their living room.
To his children, Larry was a constant beacon of strength and support. He loved spending time with them, especially when it came to teaching them how to fish and camp. His grandchildren loved Larry for his quirky sayings, such as “Bye-cycle,” and time with Grandpa always meant fishing and boating. His solid character and charm impacted all who knew him.
Larry is survived by his wife Susan Furr; daughters, and son and spouse, Margo Rhodes, Alaina Furr, and Brice and Elaine Furr; grandchildren Seth Furr, Nora Furr and Wesley Furr; and his late brother’s wife, Linda Furr.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org/involved/donate.