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Larry Wilkins

January 1, 1931 — April 16, 2018

Larry L. Wilkins, 87, of Sparland, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

He was born on January 1, 1931 to the late Neal and Margaret (Ball) Wilkins in Sparland where he attended Sparland schools. Larry married Barbara Ruth Hoskins on August 11, 1951 in LaPrairie, she survives.

Also surviving are daughters Debra (Bill Fleming) Holmstrom, Diane (Tim) Murphy, Denise (John) Smith, & Darnell Wilkins, sister Bev Rivera, grandchildren Jennifer Fristoe, Ryan, Kevin, and Ross Holmstrom ,Adam (Rachel) Murphy, Kaitlyn (Justin) Schoch, Derek & Ben Smith, Darci (Craig) Vonk, Jill Jacobs, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Also preceding him a death were his daughter Darcy Ruth Wilkins and sister Gloria Tipton.

Larry was an employee of Caterpillar Tractor Company, retiring in 1982 with 34 years of service as a proud member of UAW local 974. He also worked as a bus driver for Sparland and Midland school districts. Larry served four years with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Preston during the Korean War and was a member of the Lacon American legion post 593.
Larry was an avid duck hunter, enjoyed fishing and was extremely talented at finding morel mushrooms, never revealing "THE" spot. You could also find him playing cards with the guys at the 15 club where he was also a member.

Cremation rights have been accorded and a private graveside service will be held at the Lacon Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made to the donor's choice and online condolences can be left at

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