ROCK CITY – Larry W. Lartz, 71, of Rock City, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at his home, with many family members by his side. He went home to his Lord after fighting ALS for the past 3 years.
He was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Morrison, to William and Gladys (Bailey) Lartz. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Davis, the Stephenson County Gideons, Two-cylinder Club, and Antique Tractor Club. He also was part of a beloved fellowship of men known as Promise Keepers.
Larry was blessed with a mechanical ability all his life. He started his own garage, Larry’s Automotive in Milledgeville, later reopening in Rock City. He worked for Sterling Myers Ford, built dragsters, worked on many race cars and snowmobiles, and drove semis for Advance Transformer. In his later years, he restored antique vehicles, overseeing the restoration of a 1941 John Deere B, by the Orangeville FFA boys. The many grandchildren often said, “Take it to Papa, he can fix anything.”
He is survived by his wife, Leanna (Sellek), whom he married on July 10, 1987; his children, Dawn (Tom) Leamon, Teri (Leon) Hinrichs, Rick (Rhonda) Jacobson, Lorrie (Bill) Wisely, Mike Jacobson, and Jason (Melissa) Jacobson; 17 grandchildren; three-plus great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ernie (Phyllis) Lartz and Doug Lartz; one sister, Ronda Borgman, two nieces; his aunts, Ruth Bos and Kris Schlueter; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Cherie Leighty and Tammy Jo Lartz; and his granddaughter, Nicole Jiminez.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Faith Community Church in Davis. Visitation also will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
A memorial has been established to his favorite charities.
Visit www.daughenbaughfh.com to send condolences.