Life Story / Obituary
Lawrence (Larry) Raymond Stephenson, 83, passed away peacefully with his wife, Sharon, by his side on July 3, 2019. He was born on June 7, 1936 in Traverse City to Raymond and Minnie Stephenson. Larry married his high school sweetheart Beverly Underwood in 1955. Together, they raised 4 children, Don (Sheryl); Teresa (Dale) Campbell, Larry Jr. and Annette (Brad) Kiel, along with 6 grandkids and 4 great grandkids.
Larry farmed in the early years. Delivered milk and drove a concrete truck until he and Bev started Larry's Pool and Patio in 1969. They retired to Drummond Island in 2000 where he kept busy with the Lions Club, Moose Club, grooming snowmobile trails and as a Deputy for the police department, helping with all different tasks.
After Bev's death in 2017, he was reacquainted with an old friend, Sharon Moore that would become his wife in 2018. She was an angel by his side during his bout with cancer. Their time was short but he loved every minute they had together, even buying a travel trailer and going camping for the first time in his life with his extended family; Wendy (Ernie) Seaman, Nicole (Andy) Ellis and many grand kids and great grandkids on the island.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; Beverly; son, Larry Jr.; grandson, Justin and brothers, Walt and Gene.
Larry loved restoring old tractors, cars, airplanes and a J.D. Dozer. He always had a project going on in the garage.
Larry could be found every morning, whether on the island or in Mayfield, at the morning coffee clutch table with the Good Ole Boys, having coffee and telling stories. He loved this time everyday and wouldn't miss a day.
Best known for lending a helping hand to anyone in need. His motto was if there's something to be done, "Get it done".
Per Larry's request, cremation has taken place. A private service with family will take place at Memorial Gardens and a celebration of life will be in the future.
The family would like to thank the Hospice nurses and Hospice House for their wonderful care in Larry's final days.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.