Larry G. Packer Sr.

March 09, 1941 ‒ December 25, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

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


  • Larry, Linda, and their children were great friends and faithful servants to all in the Pulaskiville community and to the church. Larry welcomed me and my family as we came to serve the church and over the years, demonstrated his compassion for others in a manner which distinguishes him from others. I am a better person today because of the influence and friendship of Larry.

  • Larry Gene I knew since Grade 1 at Chesterville School and remember he was most versatile and agile as an athlete helping add trophies for our school and he was very competent as a student. He was class president and as seniors we had unique rolls in our class play. An added honour was serving as his best man when he married class beauty Linda Lou Sherman. It was always enjoyable seeing those folks o’er the years and we wish Linda well.

  • Linda & Family,
    Larry was a mentor & friend during my tool & die apprenticeship at General Motors.He was my journeyman for a time, always patient,helpful and a very loyal employee.His faith never wavered the entire thirty six years I worked around him.I was always in awe of him and how he conducted
    himself in the sometimes hostile work place.I can truely say that God Blessed Me with Larry’s friendship and help.I am a much better man for having known Larry Packer.May The Blessed Hope Of Eternal Life for those in Christ comfort you at this time of loss.
    Tim & Pat Keever

  • Indeed its the beginning of another journey for believers, But painful time for the family as they will mis father, grandpa, uncle, etc. May the Spirit of Larry rest in peace. May the life of Larry teach us Love, peace and dedication. My encouragement to the family lets mourn in hope and know that Larry has started a peaceful life in heaven, May the Lord strengthen you all during this hard time


  • I have the honour of knowing what a great man Larry was through the fine young man he raised through Craig Parker. Craig’s devotion and love to the causes of the underprivileged and minorities and faraway lands like myself a Zimbabwean here in Blantyre, Malawi is enough to for me to thank God for Larry’s life. MHDSRIEP

  • Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the fact we will see him again, I pray you feel the Lord’s arms wrapped around you.
    God Bless,

  • A wonderful strong christian man that will be dearly missed.

    Sorry for your loss, we will keep you in our prayers.

  • Like Ms Wakadiwa Matura, I know Mr Packer through the lives of sons Keith and Craig. Their work, kindness, and service in their communities, both local and global, are a fine legacy.

    Peace be with you.

  • I am so sorry for your loss my friend. May the Lord bless you and your family, and give you the light to go on.

  • I am sorry for your lost Craig, and to your Mother and the rest of the family which I was not acquainted with like I was to you and your Mother. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and be with you though all of this ordeal. May you live with the assurance that he is now in Heaven at home with his Lord and Savior. I wish I could be there with you and see you again but the distance prevents me from coming. God Bless you.

  • Linda I am so sorry for your loss. I have of fond memories of you and Larry I will always cherish the time we spent together at alumni. I am in Texas with Frances and can not be with you at this time. Prayers are with you and your family. Freda @ Frances Page.

  • Keith, LouAnn and I are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God be with you at this time of need,

  • Keith, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. From the comments above your father was very loved and respected by many. Prayers to all of you.

  • Holding Craig, Sammy and the whole family in my heart. He must have been a great man because he raised a great son in Craig!

  • We wish to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Larry. Over the years he became a true friend and will be missed. May God bring you comfort and peace.