Lawrence "Larry" W. McDermott, 79, of Kingsley, died unexpectedly at his residence, Friday, Dec. 8, 2006.
Larry was born Nov. 18, 1927, in rural Kingsley, the son of Walter and Opal (Bainbridge) McDermott. He spent his childhood on the family farm and graduated from Kingsley High School in 1946, where he lettered in football, track and basketball.
On June 2, 1951, he was united in marriage to Arlene Goebel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville. They settled on the family farm where they raised their family. In 2001, Larry and Arlene celebrated their 50th anniversary. In that same year, they were awarded the Century Farm Award at the Iowa State Fair.
He was a member of the Iowa National Guard from 1951 to 1954. Besides farming, he drove the school bus for Kingsley-Pierson School for many years.
Larry enjoyed many activities such as family farming, fishing, hunting deer and pheasants, and collecting IH toy tractors. He especially enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren's sporting events. He also enjoyed having coffee with his "Pronto friends."
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Arlene of Kingsley; two sons, Mike of Granville, and Marvin of Kingsley; six daughters and their husbands, Marci and her husband, Don Kreber of Paullina, Laura and her husband Keith Cornelius of Council Bluffs, Janet and her husband, Gene Mouser of Groveport, Ohio, Kathy and her husband John Staab of Le Mars, Mary and her husband, Jerry Gloden of Le Mars, and Judy and her husband, Cary Wagoner, of Holstein; a daughter-in-law Beth McDermott of Cleghorn; 20 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Frances and her husband, Gene Steffe of Moville, and Gilbert, Ariz.; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and a son, Gerald McDermott on Oct. 5, 2006.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today (Monday) at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Thomas J. Topf officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Kingsley. Visitation began at 3 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 4 p.m. and the family present 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley, Iowa. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Rohde -- Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley