Larry Raymond Smith, 78, of Kansas City, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2022, in Holt, Missouri. He was surrounded in love by his family.
Larry was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Horace Wade Smith and Eola Kathern Jackson on November 13, 1943. He graduated from Van Horn High School in Independence, Missouri. He served our country in the Air Force for 4 years. He retired as a Rigger from Armco Steel. Given the hard worker he was, he went back to work in Ohio at Birmingham Steele for 3 years. He was a devoted catholic and active member in the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Missouri.
Larry is survived by his wife, Ann Smith; his sister, Shirley Beasley; and his brother, Fred Smith. Larry was a devoted husband, loving father, and amazing grandfather. He had seven sons and three daughters, Jeff and Cindy Smith, Steven and Maria Smith, Michael and Melissa Smith, Gary and Diane Smith, Brent and Sharla Smith, Julie and Kelly Peetoom, Joseph and Tammy Smith, Timothy and Talia Smith, Jamie and Bradley Bennett, Jill and Patrick Frey. He has 21 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Larry was blessed with a large and loving family with the love of his life, Ann. He was a family man and spent his life working hard and loving hard. On many occasions, he could be found holding the many babies and grandbabies with a smile on his face. He enjoyed traveling with Ann to stay connected with their large extended family and their own children. He was also very active and found enjoyment in hunting, fishing, and playing golf with his many family members and friends. He will be missed by many and remembered for his legacy of love, kindness, and family.
The family would like to thank the VA Hospital and all the love and support from our friends and family.
Visitation will be 9:30 AM Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Missouri. Address for the church is 701 North Jefferson, Kearney, MO 64060.
Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Church of the Annunciation.
Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.
Our Sincere Condolences
Ann, I just heard about Larry, I am so sorry. He is and was a great man, and great family man. His memories will live in our hearts. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this sad time. Take care, love and peace.
Wayne Cox (Gary’s best friend)
I’m thinking of and praying for you all. Love and hugs!
Christina Sulzen Knighten
Ann, so sorry I could not attend, Chuck is in Liberty Hospital and I had a Doctor’s appointment this AM. When you lose someone you Love, memories become a treasure.
We are so very sorry for your loss. We had no idea until we saw all the cars in your yard just now. Please accept our sincerest condolences and please know we are here for you with any last minute help you might need. So very sorry. We think the world of you both…
Bill & Joyce Edwards
I’m so sorry we were unable to make it to the funeral. We’re out of town. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.