Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Walter B. Larrabee

Walter B. Larrabee, age 83, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Walter was born in Menomonie, WI, on December 19, 1927, son of the late Floyd and Esther (Nee: Small) Larrabee.

On October 9, 1948, in Dubuque, IA, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Legios. Walter was a lifelong member of the Racine Community Church of the Nazarene. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. Walter began his career at Nash Motors, retiring from Chrysler after many years of service. His hobbies included bowling and hunting, and he was a member of the VFW Post 1391 bowling league for fifty-plus years. Anyone who knew Walter would know his biggest hobby was being a candy and nut connoisseur which he shared with everyone.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-two years, Dorothy; his children and grandchildren, Lynn (Tim) Quirk and their children, Paul Quirk, Ron Quirk, Jason Mikulecky, Shawn Quirk, Joel Mikulecky; Bruce (Deanna) Larrabee and their children, Sara Larrabee, Rachel Spotz, Geoff Warmington, Rebecca Larrabee, Heather Warmington, Michael Warmington, all of Racine; Rev. Jimmy (Michelene) Larrabee of New Cumberland, West Virginia, and their children, Andrew Larrabee, Ryan Larrabee, Trenton Larrabee; Joe (Caren) Larrabee and their children, Christopher Larrabee, Alexander Larrabee, all of Racine; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Orval Larrabee, Ernie Larrabee; many nieces and nephews including, Jalaine Glunt who has been like a second daughter and lifelong friend, and Jim Thiele; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ethelmae Peckham.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Racine Community Church of the Nazarene, 8440 Spring St., with Rev. Rich Doering officiating, assisted by Rev. Jimmy Larrabee. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the church from 9 a.m.  until time of service at 10 a..m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Racine Community Church of the Nazarene-Youth Ministries are suggested by the family.

Walter’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all of their neighbors, rescue workers, and all the doctors and nurses at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints ER and Cardiac Care ICU for all the compassionate care provided.

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