Larry Gene Bearsley, age 80, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at HCR Manor Care, Davenport, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with a visitation from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday, prior to the service at the funeral home.
Larry was born August 8th, 1932, in Hanover, Illinois, to Nelson and Dorothy (Hancock) Bearsley. He married Mary Krejci Bowman on October 10, 1978, in Savanna, Illinois. Larry worked at Herb Shelley Pallet Co. He owned Larry’s Cab Company, and the Palisades Tap. He was also the proud owner of the Savanna Ambulance Service, over the course of his 80 years; proudly serving the Savanna area and his country during the Korean War era. He also served as a Juvenile Correctional Officer for the State of Illinois.
Larry was also the manager of the Hillcrest Apartment Complex with his wife, for over 30 years.
Larry was a member of the Hanover United Methodist Church, and the Savanna VFW post #2223. Larry loved his children, and especially his grandchildren. In his younger years, he was a very good drummer. Later in life he loved to read any old western book he could get his hands on.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Bearsley of Savanna; son Steven (Kathy) Bearsley of Albany, Illinois; daughter, Krista (Larry) Specht of Tampico, Illinois, (mother, Helen (Bearsley) Hollaway); daughter, Sonya (Joe) Alden of Rock Falls, Illinois, (mother, Rita Wakenight); daughters, Michelle (Scott) Miller, Valissa Bearsley and fiancé Marty Clayton, and son Brett (Terri) Bearsley, (mother, Jean (Klitz) Bearsley) all of Savanna; one sister, Bonnie (Zane) Gillogly of Hanover, Illinois; a brother, Don Bearsley, of Tampa, Florida; six step children, Kerry Klitz of Savanna, Sammy Klitz of Rockford, Illinois, Steve (Deb) Bowman of Colorado Springs, Co., Kim Erickson, of Ottawa, Illinois, Brad (Verna) Bowman of St. Paul, Minnesota, (mother, Mary Bearsley, of Savanna); 21 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, one son Bryan Bearsley and one brother Richard Bearsley.