Larry Frank Geer

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Larry Frank Geer, 72, of Granby, formerly of Nevada, passed away at his residence near Granby, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, following a long period of illness.

Larry was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Beulah, Mo., the son of Frank and Leota (Ryno) Geer. He moved to Walker at an early age where he graduated from Walker High School in 1961. He graduated from Draughn's Business College in Kansas City, Mo., in 1963. He married his high school sweetheart, Letha Mae Phelps, of Walker, Aug. 24, 1963. The couple lived in Nevada where he worked for Clark Covington Fertilizer as an accountant for a couple of years. He, then, worked as plant manager for Sohigro Fertilizer in Nevada for 15 years before moving to Illinois and, later, Iowa working in management and sales for Terra Fertilizer, retiring in 1998 as regional manager in Nevada for Terra. After retiring from Terra, he worked as a substitute mail carrier for several years. The couple moved to Granby in 2008 to be close to family.

Larry had always been an avid outdoorsman. As a young man he raced motorcycles and cars. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening and had a special love for animals. Larry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He had always been a very active member of the Christian Church wherever he lived. He taught Sunday school, was an Elder, a Deacon and visited with the sick as a care minister. He has been a very active member of the Diamond Christian Church since 2008.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Bradley.

He is survived by his wife, Letha, of the home near Granby; two daughters, Julie Brewer (Tim), Monett, and Jana Stiegman (Ric), Joplin; four grandchildren, Emily Brewer, Alyssa Brewer, both of Monett, Abram Stiegman and Amara Stiegman, Joplin; a sister, Paula Tyler (Jack), Point Venture, Texas; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and special friends.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Diamond Christian Church, in Diamond, Mo., with Pastor Mike Whorlow officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m., Wednesday, at Mount Vernon Cemetery, in Walker, Mo., with Pastor Tim Brewer officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Freeman Cancer Institute, in Joplin, with the Ferry Funeral Home acting as custodian.

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