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Larry Dean Morris, age 69, of Stanton, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The son of Wilmer C. and Ruby Mae (Stearns) Morris, he was the first baby born in the then “new” Sheridan Hospital on July 31, 1944. Following his graduation from Sheridan Agricultural School in 1962, where was elected Senior Class president, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam era, serving as an Air Policeman.

After retiring from the G.M. Oldsmobile plant in Lansing in April of 2001, he also worked at Bookwalter Motor Sales in Stanton and Steve Winnie Auto Sales in Edmore. Larry had a great zest for life and lived it to the fullest. In his retired years, if you couldn’t find him on the golf course, you may have found him on Derby Lake with friends, or at the Moose lodge playing cards. Regardless of where you found him, he always had a joke on hand and a cold beverage to share. Larry was a beloved father and grandfather. He was also a rescue father to many foster children through the years. He changed lives for the better.

Larry had a great capacity for work and giving. He was the man who would show up without being asked, to help you take your dock out for the season, or fix your car, or refill your plate. He took pride in being a part of the Derby Lake Association and played a big role in organizing and setting up for lake events. He was fondly loved by his family at the lake.

He will be remembered warmly and with a smile and a laugh as we reminisce and reflect how Larry affected and changed our lives. He made the world a better place. May he rest in peace until we can be with him again.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilmer, on July 5, 2008; by his mother, Ruby, on June 22, 2009; and by an infant brother, Laverne. Surviving are his children, Natalie & Brian Lake of Battle Creek, Windy & Keith Winkle of Sarasota, Florida, and Chad & Stephanie Morris of Corwith, Iowa; his grandchildren, Mikaela Lake, Heather Cairns, Christopher Menke, Cameron Turner, Erica Foote, Halie Ten Eyck, Madison Ten Eyck, Riley Morris, Keegan Morris, and Arianna Morris; three brothers, Gilbert & Margaret Morris, Don & Sandy Morris of Big Rapids, and Charlie & Dee Morris of Walker Lake, Nevada; nieces and nephews, Kathy Sanders, Nick Morris, Angie Vandenberg, Jack Morris, Gale Hebel, Stacy Roberts, Jeffrey Morris, and Michael Morris; numerous great nieces and great nephews; and many dear friends.

Visitation is from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions for either the Stanton American Legion or for the wishes of the family are available. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Beth Haven Baptist Church, 1158 W. Carson City Road, Sheridan (east of Greenville on M-57 near Brown Road), where the family will also receive relatives and friends one hour prior to services. Military honors, rendered by the U.S. Air Force will conclude the ceremonies and a luncheon will follow.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Larry’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

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  1. Anonymous on October 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Lynn Anderson

    Sincere sympathy to Larry’s family. Enjoyed Larry being on the golf scene as he was always fun. The Viagra Tour and Holland Lake will miss him for sure.

    11/02/2013

     

    Bob Morrow

    Larry was our next door neighbor but he was far more than just a neighbor. He was our dear friend. He was always there to help us at a moments notice. If he saw me trying to do something that he thought was too hard on me, he would be right there to take over. Whenever we had a problem with plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc., he was always just a phone call away. Larry was the brother to us that we never had and we will miss him tremendously. I know that we will see him again.

    Bob and Barbara Morrow

    11/01/2013

     

    Keith Winkle

    Sending all my love to Larry, one of the most beautiful souls I have ever been blessed to meet. And my love to his family, who are my family now. I wish I could be there to share in all that’s been happening; but my heart has been there for weeks now. I will miss him very very much but I know I will smile at the memories of the time I did get to share with him. Love, Keith

    11/01/2013

     

    Cheryl Morris Haines

    You could always count on a hug from Larry and an update on his kids and grandkids. He was VERY proud of his family. He was also very generous, quietly asking how the flower fund was going and slipping a $10 or $20 toward it. He was a great guy, and he’ll be very much missed.

    10/31/2013

     

    Michael French

    Windy & family of Larry Morris:
    Your dad will be greatly missed.
    I enjoyed talking with him. He
    always stopped to see me whenever he was in the dealership. My thoughts and prayers are you and the family.
    Again, your dad will be missed.
    Yours truly,
    Michael French

    10/31/2013

     

    Carroll and David Gross

    We only knew Larry for a few short years, but it seemed like we had known him our whole lives. He was a great guy always ready to try new things and jump in and help. We are saddened by his passing but we know we will meet again on the other path. Windy and the family, our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    10/31/2013

     

    Mike and Pat Johnson

    Larry was a dear friend. We have lots of high school memories. He will be missed.

    10/31/2013

     

    Ann Courter

    I remember all the Morris boys. Larry, Carla Lewis and
    I went golfing one day and had a great time. Larry and
    Bob Lund sat behind me in band. Of course they were
    very sorry if their trombone
    happened to hit us. I am
    glad I have the memories of Larry. Also Larry and I had
    our picture taken together at
    the Rusty Nail when we were
    trying to assemble 4 years of
    a reunion when Neal Lewis was
    here. I am so glad to have the picture and when I look at it I smile as I remember
    that day. My heart goes out
    to each one of Larry’s family.

    10/30/2013

     

    Linda Parks

    I will remember Larry as a kind and gentle man, always pleasant to be around.

    10/29/2013

     

    Howard Christiansen

    Gilbert, Don, Charlie & Family.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss Larry. Larry was a fellow classmate and veteran.

    10/29/2013

     

    IRENE BOWMAN

    Very nive page and so sorry for the loss.

    10/29/2013

     

    Deb Green

    Dear Family,
    Larry was a dear Derby Lake friend. He always had a smile on his face and helping hand to give. He helped me with my dock and pontoon over the years and many times we went for a cruise on Derby with his “African Queen”. He loved to whip my grandkids around on the lake tubing. I will miss you much dear friend…until we meet again. Thoughts & prayers to your family.

    10/29/2013

     

    Sandi Parks Webb

    It seems life was too short for my cousin Larry. He had a lot more to give. I mostly remember him from our high school years when we used to visit his family a lot. It saddens me to think he’s gone, but I know he’s up there with other family members, in God’s hands.

    10/29/2013

     

    Amy Packer-Schreiner

    Windy, so Sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man! Your all in our thoughts & Prayers during this time. Love, Amy Packer-Schreiner

    10/29/2013

     

    dennis snow

    The viagra league will diffinity miss ya larry also the times we bowled together

    10/28/2013

     

    Red & Esther Petersen

    Our sympathy to Larry’s family. We always enjoyed talking to him. The Viagra boys are going to miss him.

    10/28/2013

     

    glenda wing

    I’m so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. he always had a smile for everyone I will miss him. My prayers are with you during this hard time. May god take care of you and your family Glenda wing

    10/27/2013

     

    Bonnie Parks Kriz

    I am so sorry to hear of my cousin Larry’s passing. I remember him as being so kind and thoughtful, always seeking me out at family reunions. I will miss you Larry. God Bless you and your family. Bonnie

    10/27/2013

     

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