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Larry E Watkins

May 20, 1946 ~ August 5, 2017 (age 71)
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Message from Barbara & Jan Kaple
August 7, 2017 9:55 AM

Larry was a wonderful man who will be missed. Once when shopping with 2 grandkids ages 4 & 5, he and Barbara walked past and I called out "Santa". Larry came back and talked to the kids. Will never forget look on their faces, even though he was in street clothes, they truly believed he was Santa. So sorry for Shelby's loss of this man.
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A candle was lit by Reid and Chantz Watkins on August 7, 2017 10:18 AM
Message from Toni Gonzales
August 7, 2017 11:45 AM

Watkins family
Please except my heartfelt sympathy
At the loss of your loved one.
Larry was an exceptionally kind man
And loved by all.
I and my family will remember all the great times we all had for so many years.
RIP dear one
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A candle was lit by Marilyn & Gene Hopkins on August 7, 2017 1:37 PM
Message from Nathan Sponseller
August 7, 2017 2:11 PM

Of the many exceptional men I have known and are part of my life, Larry was undoubtedly right at the top of the list. Every day I use a tool he gave me, remember a building technique he taught me and enjoy the confidence he gave me that I can "do it myself". While I will never reach his level of competence in any building skill, Larry mentored me and contributed time and treasure the way only a parent does. I'm not sure most step parents earn the admiration and love from their step kids the way Larry has. We three kids felt well loved whether it was an act of kindness being offered or a gruff ribbing (Dan and I certainly understand the latter :). What a gift mother, that you brought Larry into our lives for all these precious years. Love...
Message from BETH LUKE
August 7, 2017 3:00 PM

dave and Kristen and family my deepest sympathy on the lose of your brother
sending hugs and love your way. beth and scott luke
Message from Diane and Terry Bollinger
August 7, 2017 4:55 PM

Watkins family:
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. Just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. ♥
Message from Butch & Barbara Hastings
August 7, 2017 7:30 PM

We extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. He will be guiding you from above. Remember he is in the loving arms of our Lord.
Message from Kimberly Daron-Withkowski
August 7, 2017 10:12 PM

I will never forget meeting Larry at the Richland Mall, where one of my jobs there was working at the one hour photo finish store, CPI. He always loved taking pictures and brought to get developed. I think the very first time I met him he wanted to show me a picture of his pride and joy. And it was just that!! A picture of Pride and a bottle of dish detergent Joy!! He was a funny and kind man! Someone you never forget!! My deepest sympathies to you Barbara and your family! Hugs and prayers... Kim
Message from Number 1 🙂
August 7, 2017 11:08 PM

Simply put, he was just the best.
Message from Dana (March) Shannon
August 8, 2017 9:15 AM

Watkins family - I am so sorry to hear about Larry. I know how much you all looked up to your older brother. Prayers for you all.
Message from Laura De Leon
August 8, 2017 1:02 PM

a gentle giant and a wonderful person.
Very missed already
Message from Jerry and Bobbie Bettes
August 8, 2017 1:54 PM

We weep at the passing of a true best friend, a co-worker, and as we often mentioned, an adopted brother, family. Larry was always willing to lend a helping hand, advice, a tidbit to make you smile or to make you laugh uncontrollably. We will miss him for many reasons, but he will remain in our hearts and memories. We are eternally grateful he brought Barb into our lives. Much love
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A candle was lit by swerts-banken on August 8, 2017 1:57 PM
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A candle was lit by germain-bella on August 8, 2017 2:02 PM
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Message from Bonnie and Dave McQuown
August 8, 2017 7:36 PM

I will cherish knowing a kind,gentle man who always made others feel important.
He will be missed by people of all.ages.
God bless You,Barb.
Message from Bob & Becky Leask
August 8, 2017 8:36 PM

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. What a Great Man! So many good.memories! We are keeping you and the family in our prayers!
Message from Gwen Sypulski
August 9, 2017 6:27 PM

So sorry to lean that Larry has passed away. He was a really nice guy. My prayers and sympathy to his family. He will be missed.
Class of "1964"
Message from Kerrie Bettes
August 10, 2017 8:48 PM

Larry will be greatly missed. I will never forget when he came to Columbus to help me move. We had a great time talking and laughing about life. Hugs.
Message from Dan Sponseller
August 12, 2017 12:14 AM

Larry was both larger than life and a humble, unassuming man. His generosity, sense of humor, big-heartedness, and love of people were apparent to everyone who knew him even a little. His dedication to my mother and us kids was unmistakable and consistent. He was known as a skilled metal worker and loved to work on various projects, especially those that involved helping other people. His humorous nickname, "tool time Larry" described the seemingly infinite number of tools he had (often multiples) for any project he might encounter. His hearty laugh was always a warm reminder of his love of people and his connections with them. The many years he played Santa were a testament not only to his physical resemblance to Saint Nick, but also the big heart he had for everyone and his generosity. Children were awed by him when they would see "the real Santa" in his street clothes off season and he never ceased loving that attention. He will be missed by so many who loved him and whose lives he made immeasurably better.
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A candle was lit by Gene Hopkins on August 12, 2017 1:06 PM
Message from Jack & Barb Hill
August 12, 2017 5:10 PM

We were so sorry to hear of Larry's passing, our sincere condolences Barb to you & the family. Barb & Jack Hill.
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