Larry Ishida

November 23, 1942 ‒ October 18, 2014

Marion, Ohio

Larry Ishida, age 71, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, October 18, 2014 at Heartland of Marion.

Larry was born on November 23, 1942, in Marion, the son of Wilson Tsutomu and Sally S. (Yokoyama) Ishida. Larry graduated from Harding High School in the class of 1960. He then attended Otterbein University and graduated in the class of 1964 with a bachelor degree in Education.

Following college, Larry joined the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. He served in Okinawa and Tachikawa, Japan during the Vietnam war from 1964-1968.

Larry was the founder, co-owner and operator of the Ishida Concrete Company in partnership with his father and brother.

One of Larry’s proud achievements was winning the High School State Championship in football in 1958 as the center for the team. He also served as the class president at Harding High School, head of the ROTC as a Cadet Major General and president of his fraternity at Otterbein.

In addition to football, Larry was very accomplished in many other sports including tennis, platform tennis, golf and baseball. He also enjoyed piloting his own Cessna plane and relaxed by fishing. He was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church and also was a member of the Marion Senior Center where he enjoyed playing cards.

Larry is survived by his devoted children: Mindy (Tom) Forster, Michelle (Jason) Montgomery and Brad (Erica) Ishida; grandchildren: Cole, Ellie and Alex; step-grandchildren: Keegan and Caleb; Sister Milly Stockdale and former wives: Jennifer Villard and Judy Ishida.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Rick Ishida.

Military honors for Larry will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center St., Marion at 4PM; Visitation will immediately follow from 4:15 to 7PM.

If so desired, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family and your condolences may be expressed to the family at

  • Maria and I want to express our deepest sympathy to Larry’s family. Larry has been a good friend ever since we met in the 9th grade at Taft Junior High School. Unfortunately, our jobs and travels kept us too far apart to enjoy each other’s company on a regular basis, but I always enjoyed our time spent together when we could arrange it.

  • My dad, Marion Waits coached both Larry and Rick and always had such respect for the work ethic instilled in them by their parents. What a great family. So very sorry for your loss.

  • “The sushi bar is just around the corner, and up the street. We’ll meet there – in about an hour – OK?” Lahaina, Maui – c1995

    Thanks much for sharing part of “your ride”, bro! Love ya!

  • Farewell dear heart ….

    You were a gentle soul. You had a good heart, and a really great smile.

    You will be missed.

  • The World lost a really great guy and a true gentleman when Larry past. In the sixty years I knew Larry I never heard him say a negative word about anyone. He was always a pleasure to be around. My deepest sympathy to the entire Ishida family

  • My Parents, Clarence and Kay Jamerson and My Aunt and Uncle, Richard and Harriett Sherman were Friends of Larry’s parents. I send condolences to the family.

  • I knew Larry through Platform Tennis. He was a class guy and fierce competitor. I really respected Larry and valued his friendship. He will be missed.

  • What can you say about the nicest guy you knew. Everyone that knew him always had a friend. Will miss him, his smile and dry humor. May God give his family the comfort and strength to get them through this very sad time.

  • Larry was blessed, to have his children, Mindy, Michelle, Brad, and his sister Milly, to care for him. His extended illness brought us to a place we were not prepared for. Our memories of Larry are many, and with profound sadness we say good-by to a friend who always tossed his pennies in the fountain of youth, forever young at heart, that was Larry. May God watch over his family and give them peace.

  • What a loss. The time has passed so quickly and age crept up. However, it was great seeing Larry about once every other year or so at the Marion Reunions in Florida. We will cherish those memories. Our condolences to his family.

  • Tom, Mindy and the entire Ishida family … so very sorry to hear of this. Sending our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies.

  • My deepest condolences to the Ishida family. We will cherish the memories of many tennis matches with Larry. May he rest in peace.

  • Very sorry to hear about Larry. He will be missed at breakfast. So sorry for your loss. John & Laura Arnold

  • My condolences and sympathy is extended to the entire Ishida family for there lost. He will be missed by many friends, classmates and community leaders that he met and dealt with during his life. A true friend and leader to all who had the pleasure of knowing him through out his life. He will be missed by more people than anyone will every know.


  • Just heard that we lost Larry this afternoon. My condolences and sympathy go out to his family. He was a great friend while at Otterbein. RIP

  • Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with all… Jean Schnell

  • We just learned about Larry’s death a few hours ago as we are back in Florida.
    Our love and prayers are with Mindy, Michelle, Brad and Milly and your families.
    Larry and Kent met at Otterbein and our friendship rekindled when we move to
    Marion. More memories than can be written are flooding back and they include
    all of you. We will miss our summer delivery of sweet corn with Larry’s beautiful smile and warm HUGS. God Bless all of you for the love you gave your Dad and
    brother as he coped with his illness these last years.
    Love, HUGS and PRAYERS. Diana and Kent Morgan