Funeral services will be held Monday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Magrey deVega will officiate. Burial will be in the Cherokee Memory Gardens Cemetery. There will be flag presentation at the cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home Cherokee, with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be Masonic services on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Larry was born July 4, 1937 at Shenandoah, to H. A. "Jack" and Lurline (Bell) Watts. He graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1955. He served in the U. S. Air Force from Oct. 2, 1956 until Sept. 30, 1960. He was married to Mary Moore on Aug. 1, 1959 in Washington, D.C. To this union, two daughters were born Denise and Kris. He was married to Sharon K. Medick on Dec. 28, 1984 at Mobile, Ala. Larry worked for the Iowa Dept. of Transportation and later owned and operated Larry's Clothing Store in Cherokee. He had worked as a sales agent for Farm Bureau in Cherokee and then worked for Alan Holzhauer from 1978 until he retired in 2008. He had lived in Mobile, Ala., Nashville, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz. until returning to Cherokee in 2009. He was currently working as delivery agent for Hy-Vee Pharmacy. He was a former member of the Cherokee Fire Dept., Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and Cherokee Rodeo Board. He was a member and Past Master of Speculative Lodge #307 A.F. & A.M., the Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple in Sioux City and a former member of the clown unit. Larry was very civic minded and enjoyed working with many organizations. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, reading, golfing and time spent with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents. mother-in-law Colleen Medick, brother-in-law Harold Medick and a nephew Cole Runyan.
He is survived by his wife Sharon, and two daughters, Denise (Stacey) Perry of Leawood, Kansas; Kris Witcombe and her special friend Jason Meins of Cherokee; four grandchildren, Marcus (Kelsey) Perry, Jonathan and Michael Perry, and Sean Witcombe; father-in-law Norman Medick of Cherokee; sisters-in-law Margaret (Mike) Jellings of Alta; Deb Medick of Cleghorn; Gloria (Joe) Dreckman of Marcus; Norma (Phil) Bush of Cleghorn, and many nieces and nephews.