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.