Larry Gerald Carmichael
Larry Gerald Carmichael
  • January 24, 1932 - December 5, 2017
  • Laurie, Missouri

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Larry Gerald Carmichael passed away on December 5 in Laurie, MO at the age of 85.

Larry was born on January 24, 1932, in Kansas City, MO to Harry G. Carmichael and Leora E. (Wilson) Carmichael.

Larry was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say honor society. He graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1951. Larry married Doris June Ford, his high-school sweetheart, on June 7, 1953, and they raised their four daughters in Gladstone, MO.

Larry served 14 years in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve, training on weekend drills at Olathe Naval Air Station in Olathe, KS and annual two-week ocean cruises. He was a Navigator on flights.

Larry’s first job was driver for a dry cleaning company. He worked in the office at American Can Company in North Kansas City, MO for 25 years. While employed, he volunteered his time with Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City. He also worked as a commercial truck driver and service representative for Artco Casket Company in Lenexa, KS for 20 years delivering caskets to funeral homes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. He was recognized with the Safe Driver award. Larry and Doris retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2000.

Larry was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Church, attending Winnwood UMC and Gashland UMC in Kansas City, MO and Ozark Chapel UMC in Laurie, MO. He was active in the United Methodist Men Club. He was a generous man who supported multiple charities. He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, at Community for Christ Outreach Center in Sunrise Beach, and at the Gravois Mills Westside Senior Center.

Larry worked to build three of the houses his family lived in: their first house in the Lawn Acres neighborhood in Gladstone, MO, a second house near Farley, MO, and as general contractor on their lake house in retirement. As he worked on the second house, he taught sons-in-law and grandchildren carpentry skills which he learned as a teenager from his father while working on building houses in the Northmoor area of Kansas City.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marx James Carmichael; and granddaughter, Krystal Dawn Stumpff.

Larry, a devoted husband and father, is survived by Doris, his wife of nearly 65 years, Laurie, MO; four daughters and three sons-in-law: Linda and Lonnie Stumpff, Sunrise Beach, MO; Terri Carmichael, Overland Park, KS; Sondi and Alan Pittman, Warsaw, MO; and Lisa and Michael Schrick, Ottawa, KS; eight grandchildren and their spouses: Keith and Jenny Stumpff, Olathe, KS; Justin Schrick, Ottawa, KS; Ashley and Jacob Knierim, Sedalia, MO; Alyssa and Ron Brand, Kansas City, MO; Nathan Pittman, Warsaw, MO; Collin Schrick, Ottawa, KS; Cassie Pittman and boyfriend Austin Reynolds, Joplin, MO; and Dillan Pittman, Warsaw, MO; four great-grandsons: A. J. (Alexander James) Stumpff, Casey Schrick, Luca Brand, and Judson Knierim; two half-sisters: Mrs. Sharon Russell, Bethany, MO and Mrs. Dava Brummitt, Jefferson City, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service is scheduled for December 11 at 2:00 p.m. at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Gladstone, MO. A Celebration of Life will be held in January at Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, MO.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Laurie Care Center and Hospice Compassus for their many acts of kindness to the family and dedication to taking excellent care of Larry each step of the way.

Memorial donations may be made to Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, MO.