Obituary

Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. Wedell

Resided in Bark River, Michigan
Died October 21st, 2019

Lawrence A. “Larry” Wedell from Bark River and Ontario CA., passed away Monday, October 21, 2019 at his home in Bark River.   Born December 18, 1940 in Escanaba, son of Leonard and Mary Patricia (Corcoran) Wedell, he was the oldest of four siblings. He attended grade school at St. Joseph/St. Patrick’s through Jr. High. His family then moved to Chino, CA, where he attended high school, and went on to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

His work career began in the aircraft industry for Lockheed in Ontario, CA.  He then moved on to becoming self-employed as a property owner of rental homes, apartments, and units in both California and Michigan for over fifty years. As a visionary, he rehabilitated older houses into homes, honing his skills at carpentry, plumbing, painting, laying carpet and electrical work…a veritable “Mr. Fix-it.”

Larry’s love of flying led him to get his pilot’s license in 1966. He was a member of the EAA Chapter 439  in Escanaba, as well as in Ontario, CA. He owned several planes and had built one in California and transported it to Michigan. He enjoyed going to fly-ins in Oshkosh, WI and in Florida.

As much as he loved being in the air, he also enjoyed being on the water: fishing, sailing, kayaking, or just looking out at the lake from his enclosed porch as it changed through the seasons.

Larry always carried his camera with him, snapping pictures of the places and events he’d been to, and the people he was with…sometimes much to their chagrin!

He enjoyed gardening-planting a large garden each summer, which supplied many delicious vegetables for the ‘garden suppers’ hosted at his home throughout the summers, and the annual pumpkin party in October. He had the gift of hospitality to friends near and far, and ‘Fernando’s Hideaway’ housed many through the years.

Larry attended the Bark River United Methodist Church, where he was a Trustee and the ‘go-to man’ for fix-it problems. He had a good rapport with friends there. What brought him the most meaning in life was helping people and being with family and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Pam; daughter, Mary Anne (Logan) Rasner of Escanaba; grandson, Carson Wedell; granddaughter, Caitlyn Benton; stepsons, Rusty and Ben Benton; siblings, Linda, Tony and Jim; and numerous friends.

Visitation for Larry Wedell will be at Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River, Monday, October 28th from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.  The Celebration of Life will follow the visitation at 12 noon, with Pastor Christine Bergquist officiating.  A luncheon will be served at Bark River United Methodist Church.  Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at the West Ford River Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Delta County Animal Shelter.

A special thank you to UP Health and Hospice and all of Larry’s caretakers.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.

5 Tributes to “Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. Wedell”

  1. Mary Anne and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We have fond memories of you and your family living next door to us on the Lake, and our many rides to Holy Name School in the mornings and more. Please accept our prayers and sympathy for you and your family at this time. Love, The Garceau’s, Alan, Patti and Jeff.

  2. It’s hard to believe he’s gone , we have known Larry since we were kids. He was very kind and loved kids. We remember him driving to holt where we rented a house from him in his red truck. Then years later he hired us to work for him. We’re gonna miss cooking for him. He really loved our cooking especially the soups. He loved Halloween and would scare the kids in his gorillla costume. We are all truly going to miss him and his little jokes.

  3. Mary Anne, Pam and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Really enjoyed getting to know him he was a wonderful man. I’ve only seen Larry a couple times over the years but would enjoy talking to him when I did.
    It been so many years since I worked for Larry cleaning house and doings odds and ends. I would pick Mary Anne up from school and drive her to her moms when Larry was in California on businesses.
    He will be missed. You are in my thoughts a this sad time!

    Paula & Tom King

  4. Mary Anne & Pam & Family,

    Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I haven’t seen Larry much over the past few years but when I did see him it was nice talking to him. I worked for him cleaning house and picking up Mary Anne for school while Larry was in California on business. Larry will be missed! Sending thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
    Paula & Tom King

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