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Larry Mayers

Born: Sat., Dec. 19, 1936
Died: Wed., Aug. 14, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Location: Hite Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 17, 2013
Location: St. Gaspar Catholic Church

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LARRY MAYERS, age 76, of Big Long Lake, died on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville, Indiana following a long illness.  He was born December 19, 1936 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Lawrence J. “Bud” Mayers and Irene Klepper Mayers. He attended St. Jude School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne. He married Janeen Powell in 1957 and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After working for Fortmeyer’s Tire Center in Fort Wayne for 40 years, he and Janeen moved to Big Long Lake in 1992. He retired in 2001 from Shrader Tire and Oil in Fremont and then served on the LaGrange County Lakes Council, Woods-Lands-Lakes Council, the Big Long Lake Association.  He was also on the LaGrange County Taxation Land Assessment Board.  In 2004, he ran for office on the LaGrange County Council.  He was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City.

Survivors include:
His wife of 56 years, Janeen Mayers of Big Long Lake.
Daughter, Laurie Mayers and her husband, Joseph White of Plymouth, Michigan.
Daughter, Karen and Paul Kortesoja of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Son, Larry and Margaret Mayers of Fort Wayne.
Son, Mark and Lori Mayers of Fort Wayne.
Daughter, Susan and Jamie Ashton of Fishers, Indiana.
Son, David and April Mayers of Beaverton, Oregon.
Daughter, Julie and Jeff LeGassick of Portland, Oregon.
17 grandchildren: Sam Mayers White and Annie White; Andrew and Ellen Kortesoja; Elizabeth and Madeline Mayers, Emily Frease; Matthew, Kayla, Emma Mayers, Meghan Kohler; Zachary, Caroline, and Sam Ashton; Nik Lund; Ivy, Sadie, and Stella LeGassick.
Sister, Janet and Jerry Schoenle of Witmer Lake.
Sister, Sally and Gene Rebert of Marysville, Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Zirkle of Fort Wayne, and his brother, Thomas Mayers of Greensboro, Ga. He was the son of the late Lawrence J. “Bud” and Irene Klepper Mayers of Orland.

Visitation will be Friday, August 16, 2013 from 4:00-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street in Kendallville. There will be a Rosary service at 7:45pm.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:00am at St. Gaspar Del Bufalo Catholic Church on State Road 9 near Rome City. There will be visitation at 10:00am before the service at the church. Officiating the funeral mass will be Fr. Bernard Ramenaden.
Burial will be at St. Gaspar Catholic Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be made to St. Gaspar's Catholic Church or Children's Heart Foundation, Oregon Chapter.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville, Indiana 

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Beth & Bobby Garrison
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Mark, Lori, Emma, Megan and the entire Mayers Family:
We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Larry is in such a blessed place now. Your in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Remembering the fun times and the memories that you shared will help get your through the next several days. We love you Mark, Lori, Emma and Megan!
Bobby and Beth

Joseph Fenker
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
I just lost avery good friend and neighbor, Larry I'm going to miss you. I enjoyed coming over to see you on tuesdays. I wish i could have made more. I really wanted to visit you when you got to Sacret Heart Home, but I left it up to your family which I knew where coming. The family comes first. I also can't thank you enough for always mowing my lawn, I felt so guilty.. You were the best, and may GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU... PS Say hi to Mary for me...

Joe O'Connor
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the Mayers family.

Dick Dirig
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Sympathy to the family of my best friend and buddy of some 70+ years.
1209 Dodge Avenue doesn't seem very long ago -- life is short.
Thanks for many great memories.

Richard Kettleborough
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Janet and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Dick and Pauline

Velda R. Davidson
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Larry and family:

Although no words can really ease the loss you bear, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim Lifton
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Laurie and family -

I am so sorry for your loss; may God rest your dad's soul. I will be thinking of you, and keeping you in my heart and prayers.


Claire & Eric Robinson
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Julie, Dave, and Family,
You are in our thoughts. May your family and friends give you strength and peace during this difficult time.
Much love,
Claire & Eric Robinson

Aaron Lachberg
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Our deepest sympathies from my family to yours. ...

aaron lachberg
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Lachberg family.

We're sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts. From my family to yours. Lachberg family

Cari Wells
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by 1st Source Bank Columbia City Branch.

Sending thoughts and prayers to your family during this time. Sincerely, The staff of 1st Source Bank Columbia City Banking Center Cari Wells, Amy Matchett, Angela Harris, and Stephanie Baeske

Jessie & Stephanie Jenkins anfd family
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
To the Mayers Family,Words cannot express the feelings we have for your father. Larrys smile , laughter, kind words came in times when it was needed most. I will always strive to be the type of man he set as a example, for all of us that admired him. Love Jess, Steph, Jessica ,Justin,Jordan, Jacob

   Posted Fri August 16, 2013






Stephanie Gonzales
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Larry, Margaret, and Family:

Sending you my deepest condolences in this difficult time. Cherish the memories and love that was shared. Praying for comfort for you all.

Stephanie Gonzales

James Jackson
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Janeen, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I can't imagine how devastating the passing of a spouse can be.

Crystal & Mike Hite
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Janeen & Family,

May the care of family and friends bring you comfort and loving memories heal your heart.

Hugs, The Hites

Liz and Houston
   Posted Sat August 17, 2013
To Grandma Mayers and the whole Mayers Clan,

I've been fortunate enough to be around your family for 5 wildly happy years. Over that time I've come to know as many Mayers as I can, and I've learned a lot. Most of it can be boiled down to the importance of family and the happiness that hard work and love can bring. Mr. Mayers was a shining example of that and I've tried to take his model to heart. Liz and I are a far cry from 56 years but if we were able to love each other the way you did and raise a family of people half as good as all your children and grandchildren then we would be doing alright.

My deepest condolences to the entire family for your great loss, I only regret that I couldn't get Liz back to the lake to be with all of you. We wish we were there to remember Grandpa Mayers with a cold beer or two.

Love you all,

Houston and Liz

Elizabeth Mayers
   Posted Sat August 17, 2013
Grandma and my family,

Grandpa is one of the most amazing men I will ever know. The world is truly a better place because he was part of it. We are so fortunate to be part of a huge, wonderful, loving family and I hope that Houston and I are lucky enough to be as happy as you and grandpa in 56 years.

I will always remember the way he looked at his whole family with a loving, proud twinkle in his eye and called me 'pun'kin.'

I love you,

Kate Pongonis
   Posted Sat August 17, 2013
Dear Mrs. Mayers, Laurie, Larry, Karen, Mark, Susan, David, Julie and all your family members,
I wanted to let you know that even though I am very far away in South Africa, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have wonderful memories of your dad, and was happy to share many of those memories with my family when we passed through Ft. Wayne and visited Kensignton on the way to our family trip to Michigan in June. I told my kids about Mr. Mayers sitting in a lawn chair in the backyard in the middle of the snow with Grandpa Pongonis, and described to them the fun times at block parties and your cottage at the lake. I will forever hold the happy thoughts of Mr. Mayers in my heart. Love, Kate

Jim & Peggy Russell
   Posted Sun August 18, 2013
Mrs. Mayers and Family

We had the honor of working with a most wonderful person such as Larry..
He always had a smile and a kind word, he made you feel good to be around him.

Knowing him for over forty years he truly was one of a kind.
You have our love and prayers going to you and yours.

Jim & Peggy

Rhoda Pittman Markus
   Posted Mon August 19, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Larry's passing and glad that Dave and April were still there. I remember him from their wedding and the impression of a wonderful, well-loved family man. April's Aunt Rhoda Pittman Markus

Ellen Kortesoja
   Posted Thu December 19, 2013
Happy Birthday Grandpa, we are all missing you. As I look forward to another family wedding, it is with a full heart. I am full of love and comfort that we will celebrate and remember you with the strength of many--the unbreakable roots that you and Grandma created that is our family. I am always thinking about you, always. I love you and I love Grandma so profoundly... Kisses.

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