Lawrence “Larry” McConnell, lifelong resident of Meauwataka, passed away on Friday March 2, 2018 at Munson Home Health. He was 82.
Larry was born March 5, 1935 to Maurice and Wilma (Michaels) McConnell. After attending country schools, he followed his passion for the outdoors and had a long career as a Michigan DNR conservation officer and fire fighter. He was happiest when telling stories of all the times he dressed up as Smoky Bear to visit area schoolchildren to teach them about fire safety. He served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Baker in California. He was a quintessential northern woodsman, and a friend to many in his community. He was a collector of logging memorabilia, a skilled artist and handyman, as well as a talented harmonica player. He restored several vintage cars and enjoyed participating in area car shows.
He married Joyce Hartig in 2004 and they spent many happy years tinkering around his family’s Centennial farm. He is survived by his wife Joyce, three sisters, Alyce, Cheryl, and Diana (Craig) and many nieces and nephews. Larry was stepfather to Joyce’s two children Marla (John) and Patrick and a beloved grandfather to five grandchildren. He will be missed by his family, neighbors, and friends. He was preceded in death by both parents, a sister, and a brother-in-law.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday March 9 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation held one hour prior at Hall-Holdship Funeral Home in Manton. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Benson. Interment will take place at Dayhuff Cemetery in Meauwataka at a future date. The family is being served by the Hall-Holdship Funeral Home.
The family is being served by the Hall-Holdship Funeral Home.