WAKE, LARRY J. - Howell County, Missouri | LARRY J. WAKE - Missouri Gravestone Photos

Larry J. WAKE

Willow Springs City Cemetery
Howell County,
Missouri

Jun 11, 1954
Sep 20, 2014

Larry Wake, a life long resident of Willow Springs, passed away from Leukemia on Saturday, September 20, 2014 while at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, he was 60 years old. Larry was born on June 11, 1954 in Willow Springs, to Pleas and Tressie Wake.
Larry lived in Willow Springs his entire life where he was raised by his parents along with 8 brothers and 5 sisters. He graduated from Willow Springs High School in 1972 where he was class President. He received several academic achievements and athletic honors. Larry liked to talk about how many points he scored in his basketball games and all the new school records he broke in track. Every now and then the family would gather around to watch old football films. In fact, in 72, he was all conference first team offensive running back. On June 7, 1975 Larry and Debbie were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Willow Springs, and to this union three children were born. Larry worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for forty years as a Welding Supervisor. Larry was baptized at Dry Creek Baptist Church. He was a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Willow Springs. Larry’s joys in life were his wife, children, family and close friends. In addition to his love for his family his favorite memories were coaching Logan’s youth teams, hunting, gardening, fishing, spending time at the cabin and hunting trips to the Rocky Mountains with his best friend, Mike Coatney. Larry and Mike hunted together, played softball together, raised families together and shared many laughs. Words cannot explain the bond and friendship they will always share.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Vera; and three brothers, Delbert, Junior and Dallas; sister-in- law, Donna.
Larry is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Debbie Wake; his children, Logan Wake of Willow Springs; Alicia Wake of Kansas City; and Melissa Guster and her husband Robert Guster of San Antonio, Texas. He is further survived by his three grandchildren, Alivia, Shiloh and Braylon. Also surviving are his wife's parents Bob and Jeraline Crudgington. of Willow Springs.
Finally, the entire family to include Larry’s 4 sisters (Janie, Sharon, Debbie Betty), 5 brothers (Dennis, Leon, Mike, Paul, and Keith), and many nieces and nephews, want to extend a very special thanks to his baby brother Keith Wake (stem cell donor). In Larry’s own words, “We gave it our best shot.” [willowspringsfuneralhome.com]

Contributed on 5/20/16 by mjrwag
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Submitted: 5/20/16 • Approved: 5/20/16 • Last Updated: 4/8/18 • R791738-G0-S3

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