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Larry Eugene Rhanor, age 73, of Gowen, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital after a brief illness.  The son of Ulysses Stelling & Clarinda Elizabeth (Harley) Rhanor, he was born in Muskegon on May 8, 1947.  Following his graduation from high school, Larry enlisted in the United States Navy and was a proud veteran of the  Vietnam War era.

On June 15, 1983, he married Susan Darlene (Sherman) Norman and together they enjoyed 25 years of marriage until Susie passed away on December 13, 2008.  He was also preceded in death by his father;  and a brother, Thomas.

Larry, affectionately known as “Meathead”, retired from the former Electrolux Home Products after 30 years of service where he worked as an electrician.  He  enjoyed golfing, birdwatching, computers, and had previously been active at the Gowen Bible Church and the Moose Lodge.

On September 22, 2012, he married the former Barbara Jean (Slotman) Bond, who survives.  Also surviving are his mother, Clarinda Terry of Muskegon;  a brother, Michael & Pat Rhanor of Muskegon;  his children, Penny & William Neese of Stanton, Doug & Chris Norman of Greenville, and Todd & Robin Norman of Grand Rapids;  three step-children, Robin Coon, Liberty & Dale Martin, and Robert & Mary Coon;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private funeral services will be held on Tuesday at Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the Rev. Bernard Loew, pastor of Sidney Christian Church, officiating.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.  A broadcast of the funeral ceremony will be available on the funeral home’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.

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  1. Dannie and Julie Hyde on May 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Dan and Meathead were friends from work. I heard lots of stories about their hijinks. So sorry for your loss and inability to hold a public service during this time. He’ll be missed

  2. Penny Neese on May 14, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Dad was wonderful, godly and always there when you needed him. I miss the long bike rides( just to get a ice cream cone) or watching chick flicks and crying about the movie together. The first day I met him, he came to our house for a date with mom, but she was working a double shift. I was doing a school project and he stayed to help.. He ended up falling asleep on the couch and I covered him with a blanket. When mom came in I told her ,”your date tried to wait up for you.” I’m glad he stuck around he will truly be missed.

  3. Jacque on May 15, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I met Larry though Penny back in the 80”s. Larry was always interesting to talk to! He was is awesome person.
    My father worked with Larry for years. When I told my dad Larry passed away he said “he was one hell of an electrician, damn”.
    RIP Larry you will be missed hugs

  4. Penny Rettig on May 15, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Larry will always be affectionately known as Meathead to me. He was the electrician sent to fix my dielectric check machine at Electrolux. He later was a mentor when I became an electrician. Never will I wash keyboard keys and not think of him! Rest well my friend.

  5. jay edwards on May 16, 2020 at 7:24 am

    i worked as a millwright at electrolux and seen Larry as a intelligent electrician. he was a busy person and all business .his work space was his so beware. rest in piece Larry aka Meathead. never knew how he picked up that nickname.

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