Larry was born Aug. 12, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Lloyd and Norma Barnett Davis Powell. He was later adopted and raised by Wallace Eugene "Wally" Powell and Norma Jeane Powell.
Larry, the oldest of two children, graduated from Chanute High School where he played an excellent trumpet in the school band and played in several dance bands. Larry was well known for his trumpet-playing skills and his golfing ability.
After high school, Larry attended Kansas University and then joined the U.S. Navy. He did a tour in Spain and was on the aircraft carrier Independence in the Cuban Blockade. He was honorably discharged Aug. 1, 1963. Upon discharge, he returned to Fort Scott and attended Fort Scott Community College.
He later met Kathryn Jane Bartelsmeyer, and they were united in marriage on Feb. 5, 1965, at the Methodist Church in Fort Scott. To this 46-year union, two daughters were born.
Larry worked for the U.S. Post Office until retirement in 2001. After retirement, you could find Larry on the golf course, working hard in his yard, tending to household duties or spending time with his wife, family, friends and grandchildren.
If you knew Larry, you knew his friends were his "family" also. Larry was known to light up a crowd with his wit and great sense of humor and his family and friends were blessed with that keen sense of humor until he left this life for his journey to Heaven.
If anything could light up Larry's face, it would be the sound of his grandchildren entering his house, calling him on the phone or the sight of their faces. His wife, children and grandchildren were all blessed to spend the last eight weeks of his life at home with him.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, of the home; two daughters, Shannon Greenfield and husband Karl, of Girard, Kan., and Jennifer Addington and husband, Kevin, of Fort Scott; four of his most prized possessions, his grandchildren, Kaleigh Armstrong, Connor Bruce and Britni and Gage Addington; father, Wallace "Wally" Powell, and one sister, Leesa Silvers, both of Fort Scott; one nephew and three nieces, also of Fort Scott.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Jeane Powell.
Larry summed up his life in a letter to his friends and family which said, "Thanks for letting me tag along. I had a ball!"
Rev. Reed Hartford will officiate memorial services for Larry 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, at the First Christian Church with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to The Sharing Bucket and these should be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Online condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.