A Celebration of Life for Larry F. Gantenbein, 74, Eudora, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eudora United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Tomson-DeGreeff officiating. Mr. Gantenbein died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Medicalodges Eudora. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the church.
Larry was born Sept. 21, 1938, in Concordia, Kan. He graduated from Minneapolis, Kan. High School. He attended Kansas University and was drafted into the U.S. Army his senior year. The Vietnam War was just starting when he was discharged. He spent many years at Hallmark Cards working for several trucking companies. He retired from Graham Ship by Truck in 2000.
Larry never met a stranger. He saw good in everyone and loved animals. He was an avid KU fan. His biggest love in life was his children and especially his seven grandsons. His face would light up the room when he saw them. They all visited him often and he would laugh at their adventures. He was so proud of their accomplishments, and never missed a game or event they were in, be it basketball, football, soccer, baseball, or swimming.
He married Pat Butler. They later divorced. He then married Loretta Charbonneau Coon. They celebrated 30 years together in Aug. She survives of the home. Also surviving are his children, Vicki Johnson (Marion) of Eudora, David Gantenbein (Rachael) of Valley Center, Kan., and Lisa Ricketts (David) of Lenexa, grandchildren Tyler, Logan, & Connor Hartpence, Matt & Trevor Ricketts, and Boone & Aidan Gantenbein, and brother Harry Gantenbein and his family of Beloit.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Frances White.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Eudora United Methodist Church, or Medicalodges Activity Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. The family would like to thank Medicalodges Eudora for all their wonderful care to our husband, dad, and grandpa. The love you showed him will always be remembered.
Messages & Condolences
So sorry for your loss Loretta, Larry was a great person and friend. Always smiling. He will truly be missed. You will have 30 yrs of great memories to comfort you, Take care.
We’re so sorry for your loss. We know you have many happy memories of the good times with Larry, let them comfort you during this trying time. You have our sincerest sympanthy.
Loretta and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry was a very
special friend to all of Minneapolis Class of ’56. He
always had a smile and enjoyed life. Remember all the
good times you had together.
Love, Marsha and John
Thinking of you. Sending prayers your way.
Loretta, I’m so sorry to hear about Larry. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you!
Loretta, we are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I know you will miss him and I pray that your memories of the good days will bring you comfort. Our condolences to you and the family.
Shari and Nyle
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Praying that your memories of him will comfort you in the days ahead.
Was so sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything I can do, please give me a call. 785-749-5083.
You are in our thoughts at this very, very sad time. Larry will be greatly missed by a lot of people, especially you. We are here for you if you need anything, just give us a call. Take care of yourself and revel in your wonderful memories.
Mr. Gantenbein was one of the sweetest spirits I’ve ever known. He was always smiling, and just seeing that sweet smile at a baseball or football game made my day. He will be missed. Praying for comfort for his family.
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