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Larry Humble

BLOOMINGTON — Larry Eugene Humble, 80, of Bloomington, died at 2:25 p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2017) at his home.

His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan; the family asks that, in Larry's honor, those attending wear Cubs attire at both the visitation and funeral. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.

Larry was an only child born to Howard and Carol Smith Humble. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Duytschaver on May 4, 1957. She and his parents preceded him in death.

He is survived by three children, Teri (John) Goembel, Danvers; Mark (Heidi) Humble, Bloomington; and Lynda (Scott) Baugh, Bloomington; 13 grandchildren, Niki, Sheli, Amanda, Kati, Cassandra, Stephanie, George, Melissa, Nathan, Tony, Tori, Anthony and Treyton; 11 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Snickers.

Larry was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington. He worked 39 years for Growmark in Bloomington. He retired Dec. 31, 1998. He also spent time working with FS and Illinois Grain. He held numerous positions which required six moves. He enjoyed virtually every minute of his career.

Larry and Betty took numerous road trips, relishing just being able to “take off” with no specific destination in mind and no plans or reservations. Larry enjoyed relating tales of these adventures to his friends. He claimed that they were the only people to have driven from Bloomington to Gettysburg, Pa., by way of Biloxi, Miss. On one trip they visited eight national parks and on another trip lost a piece of luggage in New Orleans that ended up in Houston. He would always end his stories by asking, “Have you ever spent the night in Horseheads, N.Y.?”

Larry spent many hours researching the fate of his father, who remains a prisoner of war/missing in action of World War II.

Larry suggested that his friends have a VO Manhattan in his memory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OSF St. Joseph Foundation or Home Sweet Home Ministries.

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