Larry G. Packer Sr.
March 09, 1941 ‒ December 25, 2015
Larry Gene Packer, Sr.—a devoted son, husband, and father of three—passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 in Mansfield, OH. He experienced Alzheimer’s/dementia, and recently suffered from pneumonia. He was 74.
The son of Irvin and Edna Mae Wegener Packer and the stepson of C. Mildred Edgel Packer, Larry was born in Morrow County, OH, March 9, 1941 and graduated from Chester Franklin High School in 1959. Shortly thereafter, he married Linda Lou Sherman on September 12, 1959.
Larry worked 46 years as a die maker at General Motors but was a farmer at heart and routinely dropped whatever he was doing to help on his father’s farm. After his dad’s death in 1979, Larry continued to aid and support his stepmother, Mildred, who passed away in 1996, as well as farming his own acreage. Throughout his life, Larry was devoted to his wife, sons and grandchildren. He was a man of faith, hard worker, good neighbor and loyal friend. Larry was a good man.
Along with his loving wife of 56 years, Larry is survived by three sons—Larry Jr., of Mansfield, OH; Keith (Jeff Maready) of San Francisco, CA; and Craig of Dry Run, PA—and a special family friend, Samuel Rivera. He also is survived by his grandson, Kaleb (Donnamarie) of Chicago, IL, and his granddaughter, Kerry (Rob) Rickel of Pinellas Park, FL.
Larry has four siblings—Betty (Ronald) Kunze of Sun City Center, FL, Ruth (Norman) Abraham of Marion, OH, Richard (Sue) of Radnor, OH, and David (Maxine) of Mt. Gilead, OH; four brothers- and sisters-in law—Dean (Deloris) Sherman, Karen Sherman, Lela Looker, and Letha (Al) George; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Brothers-in-law Donald Sherman and James Looker preceded Larry in death.
Larry’s family will receive friends and loved ones 3-7 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 in the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel at 67 North Main Street, Mt Gilead, OH. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the same location. Pastor Jim Rupp will officiate, followed by a graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville, OH.
For contributions in his memory, the family urges loved ones to support the national or local Alzheimer’s/dementia research, service delivery, or caregiver support organization of their choice.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Larry’s family, and your special memories and condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.