Larry E. Smith, a resident of Lake Villa, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his home, at the age of 77.
He was born April 25, 1936 in Portland, OR to Edward and Marion (Snodgrass) Smith.
Larry was a sports NUT! He played racquetball, softball, basketball, shot pool, and enjoyed watching Da Bears and the Sox and Cubs. And he enjoyed his Harleys and riding with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. But his first love was the Lord and then his family. He made his commitment to Christ and was a member of Crossroads Church of Grayslake (except when his military career had him serving in other parts of the world) since 1969.
Larry is survived by his wife, LaVonda, whom he married on Oct. 6, 1968, in Alexandria, VA; his children Karen Balding of Las Cruces, NM, Debra (Eric) Milstead of Star, ID, Kelly (Michael) Hanna of Lake Villa, IL, Kristine (Daniel) Meyer of Las Cruces, NM, and Jodi Starnes of Las Cruces, NM,; blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his siblings Janet Clear, Townsend, MA, Marion (Jerry) Parker, Townsend, MA, and Della Smith-Milliken, Fitchburg, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward Smith and Marion (nee: Snodgrass) Smith, and his brothers Michael Smith and James Smith.
A visitation is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 from 3 until 4 p.m., with a memorial service commencing at 4 p.m., at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake. A fellowship meal will follow the service at Crossroads Church, 1350 State Route 137, Grayslake. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be welcomed at one of the following:
1350 State Route 137
Grayslake, IL 60030
Advocate Hospice Charitable Foundation
Dept. 21058 Lake Zurich
P.O. Box 4556
Chicago, IL 60680
Christian Motorcyclists Association
% Jack Kolle
25272 W. Columbia Bay Road
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc.
912 Killian Hill Road, S.W.
Lilburn, GA 30047
—Strang Funeral Chapel provided this information.