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Larry Mayers

Larry Mayers, 76, Big Long Lake, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, Ind.

    He was born December 19, 1936, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Lawrence J. “Bud” and Irene (Klepper) Mayers.

    He attended St. Jude School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After working for Fortmeyer’s Tire Center in Ft. Wayne for 40 years, he and his wife moved to Big Long Lake in 1992. He retired in 2001 from Shrader Tire and Oil in Fremont and then served on the LaGrange County Lakes Council, Woods-Lands-Lakes Council, and the Big Long Lake Association. He was also on the LaGrange County Taxation Land Assessment Board. In 2004, he ran for the LaGrange County Council. He was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome


    He was married in 1957 to Janeen Powell. She survives.

    Also surviving are four daughters, Laurie Mayers and Joseph White, Plymouth, Mich., Karen and Paul Kortesoja, Ann Arbor, Mich., Susan and Jamie Ashton, Fishers, Ind., and Julie and Jeff LeGassick, Portland, Ore.; three sons, Larry and Margaret Mayers, Ft. Wayne, Mark and Lori Mayers, Ft. Wayne, and David and April Mayers, Beaverton, Ore.; 17 grandchildren, Sam Mayers White and Annie White, Andrew and Ellen Kortesoja, Elizabeth and Madeline Mayers, Emily Frease, Matthew, Kayla, Emma Mayers, Meghan Kohler, Zachary, Caroline, and Sam Ashton, Nik Lund, Ivy, Sadie, and Stella LeGassick; and two sisters, Janet and Jerry Schoenle, Witmer Lake, and Sally and Gene Rebert, Marysville, Penn.

    He was preceded in death by one sister, Susan Zirkle, Ft. Wayne, and one brother, Thomas Mayers, Greensboro, Ga.

    Mass of the Resurrection was held Saturday, August 17, at St. Gaspar Del Bufalo Catholic Church in Rome City with Fr. Bernard Ramenaden officiating.

    Burial is in St. Gaspar Catholic Cemetery, Rome City.

    Memorials may be directed to St. Gaspar's Catholic Church or Children's Heart Foundation, Oregon Chapter.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.hitefuneralhome. com.

    Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville was in charge of arrangements.