Larry Johns

Larry L. Johns

Saturday, April 4th, 1942 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Larry Johns, 78, of Coldwater, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday June 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Coldwater with Rev. Fr. Dan Hyman officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 16, 2020 from 4-7:00PM, with the rosary to begin at 7:00PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date at Lester Cemetery.
Larry was born April 4, 1942 in Coldwater, MI to Ralph & Gladys (Parker) Johns. He served in the US Navy from 1960-1964, during the Vietnam War. Larry married Sylvia J. Ross on September 10, 1966 in Bronson, MI.
Mr. Johns was a fire fighter with the Coldwater Fire Department for 28 years, retiring as captain in November 1993. After his retirement, he worked at Extermital Pest Control and Meijer.
Larry was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, where he was active with the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree and the American Legion in Orland, IN (45 years). Larry was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a sports fan, especially the Chicago Bears and Detroit Redwings and loved to be outside on his 1942 John Deere B tractor and 1958 Ford Workmaster 601. Larry loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his great friend, Tom Herrick with whom he enjoyed watching sports, hunting and many other activities and playing cards with a wonderful group of close friends. Larry also had a great fondness for animals, especially dogs. He and his wife had many dogs of their own and also loved dog sitting.
Larry is survived by his wife Sylvia, his sons Ken (Annette) Johns of Bronson, Kevin (Cheryl) Johns of Union City, his grandchildren Hunter (Sierra) Johns, Colton Johns, Nolan (Monica) Loss, Seth Loss; his great grandson Brody Loss, his sister in law Inez Johns of Coldwater and his nephews and nieces Mike Stiles of Sturgis, Gary (Laura) Johns and Lori (Brad) Topp all of Coldwater. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Gladys Johns and his brother and sister Ronald Johns and Karen Stiles.
Memorials may be directed to the USO, The Branch County Humane Society and Erin's Angels in Quincy, MI in lieu of flowers.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Dutcher Funeral Home
    440 W. Chicago St.
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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    The rosary will begin at 7:00 PM
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Charles Borromeo Church
    150 Taylor Street
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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    Rev. Fr. Dan Hyman

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Mark Bartell

Posted at 09:07am
I salute Larry's service to the Fire department, I salute his dedication to his children and family and I salute his commitment to friendship. He inspired me to be a better father and a better friend and I am grateful to have know him.

Kay Wright

Posted at 11:52am
My condolences to you Sylvia and family..Kay

Donna Knowles Backes

Posted at 11:40am
My heartfelt and sincere condolences to Sylvia and the entire family during this difficult time. Larry's sister Karen was one of my most treasured friends. She adored her brothers and family. I felt blessed to have been a small part of this loving family. May God, and your lot in each other bring you comfort and peace. Donna Knowles Backes.

Patricia Anthony

Posted at 05:05pm
Just remembering the good old days when you, Sylvia & Daryl & I went out dancing & drinking. Those were some good memories. RIP. Going to miss your happy smiles.

Jeff Budd

Posted at 10:40am
Larry was just a great person. The type of guy who never met a stranger and always had a story with a smile. He was a great story teller and was most proud of sharing stories about his beloved sons and grand kids. We shared a common interest in antique tractors especially those made by John Deere. I will miss not seeing him in his familiar spot at the Mickey Mantle tournament which he attended religiously. Having lost my own Father I know the hurt and the pain this causes, but may the memories of better times ease your loss. He sure was proud of you boys.


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