Laurel (Larry) Earl Whitford


Birth: March 17th, 1940
Death: December 1st, 2016
Age: 76 years
Residence:Tawas City, Michigan
Survived By: Larry is survived by his wife, Kathy of Tawas and his sons Randy {Shelley), Troy (Denise) and Cory (Christy) all of the Grand Rapids area. He is also survived by his daughter Tracy (Rick) Jones of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Brothers Gary (Dolores), Roger (Barb), Ronny (Susie), Bill (Sandy), Dennis (Patty) and Terry (Jane) and a sister, Sherry Meske all from the Tawas Area. Larry also has many nieces and nephews still living in the Tawas Area. Larry is survived by 13 grandchildren; Elizabeth, Taylor, Joel, Jayden, Marlo, Jovie, Adler, Josh, Eric, Joy, Travis, Corey and Becky and 15 great grandchildren; Noah, Dylan, Bradley, Kendall, Sophia, Abigail, Isaac, Isabella, Corey Jr., Charlotte, Jordon, Grace, Ivan, Caleb and Ethan.

Laurel (Larry) Earl Whitford

Laurel, known by many as Larry was born in Whittemore on March 17, 1940.  Larry passed away on December 1, 2016 after a 28 month battle with ALS disease.  His wife and sons were by his side at 12:34 when he took his last breath and was free.  Larry lived in Tawas much of his life, leaving for twenty four years to reside in the Oscoda and Mikado area, where he had a small farm that he loved dearly.

Larry worked in the automotive industry most of his life, starting at age sixteen at Ottawa Equipment, Whitford Sales which Larry owned with his brother Ron., Barbier Motors and finally retiring from Alcona Motors in Lincoln where he was the service consultant and considered his customers as his friends and treated them all as such.  After retiring in 2001, Larry began a new career, remodeling homes in the area and worked with his brother Terry.

Larry is survived by his wife, Kathy of Tawas and his sons Randy {Shelley), Troy (Denise) and Cory (Christy) all of the Grand Rapids area.  He is also survived by his daughter Tracy (Rick) Jones of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Brothers Gary (Dolores), Roger (Barb), Ronny (Susie), Bill (Sandy), Dennis (Patty) and Terry (Jane) and a sister, Sherry Meske all from the Tawas Area.  Larry also has many nieces and nephews still living in the Tawas Area.

Larry is survived by 13 grandchildren; Elizabeth, Taylor, Joel, Jayden, Marlo, Jovie, Adler, Josh, Eric, Joy, Travis, Corey and Becky and 15 great grandchildren; Noah, Dylan, Bradley, Kendall, Sophia, Abigail, Isaac, Isabella, Corey Jr., Charlotte, Jordon, Grace, Ivan, Caleb and Ethan.

Larry was the son of Wilford and Helen Whitford, both deceased.  Larry was also pre deceased by his sister Pat Brinkman, brother-in-law, Bob Brinkman, sister-in-law Faye Whitford, sister, Kathaleen Stephen, daughter, Tammy Whitford, Granddaughter Jennifer Whitford, niece Lisa Meske, nephew Mike Meske, nephew Andrew Meske, and niece, Cindy Drumm.

Larry’s memorial service will be December 10, 2016 beginning at 2 PM at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas.  Pastor Matthew Carpenter officiating.  Visitation will be held from 1 PM until the time of service. The family asks that memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers to ALS Foundation of Michigan, 24359 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100, Southfield, MI  48075, ATTN; Judy Fortuna, without whose assistance Larry’s journey would have been much more difficult.  Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

 



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