Larry Raymond Wymore, 59, Nevada, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2008, at St. John's Health System, Springfield, Mo., following a brief illness. He was born October 23, 1958 in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Carl Raymond Wymore and Maxine Moore Wymore. He was married June 6, 1978, in Miami, Okla., to Shirley Ann Weddell and she survives of the home.
Larry attended schools in Wright and Oskaloosa Iowa. As a child he attended the Assembly of God Church in Oskaloosa. He moved to Roscoe, Mo., in 1968. Soon after he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and completed his basic training in San Diego, Calif. He served aboard the USS Yorktown and the USS Oriskany, both were aircraft carriers. During his time on the Yorktown, he crossed the Equator and he was on board the Yorktown during the recovery of the Apollo 8 space craft. He was on the Yorktown for a northern European cruise seeing several countries. While aboard the USS Oriskany, he received the Medal of Honor, for saving a shipmate during a fire in the engine room. Larry returned to Missouri after his honorable discharge from the Navy and worked at AC Feeds in Appleton City, Mo. Larry came from a long line of truck drivers, and he has been driving a truck most of his adult life, following in his dad's and brother's footsteps. He has worked for Pavolich Trucking for 17 years where he took great pride in his "black Cherry" trucks. Larry loved watching the Kansas City Chiefs and NASCAR.
In addition to his wife Shirley, survivors include one daughter, Tammy Hendren and her husband Chris, Nevada; four step-daughters, Beverly Carpenter, Nevada, Norma Bledsoe, El Dorado Springs, Frances Carpenter, Fort Scott, Kan., and Sandy Corwine and her husband Rick, Amsterdam, Mo.; one stepson, Sonny Carpenter, Joplin, Mo.; 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Wymore, New Sharon, Iowa, and James Wymore, Columbia, Mo.; one sister, Sharon Wright and her husband Jim, Lowry City, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Evelyn West and Minnie Templeton, his grandfathers, Clarence Wymore and Benjamin Moore, his parents Carl and Maxine Wymore and one granddaughter, Kristin Rose Klumb.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 7, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Dr. William Cox officiating.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday morning between 10 and 11 a.m., prior to the service.
The family suggests that memorials may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.