Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Lawrence “Larry” A. Fell, age 75, of Traverse City, passed away at his home Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. He was born Feb. 16, 1938, in St. Johns, to Roland and Minnie (Moses) Fell.
Larry graduated from Everett High School in 1957.
After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country in Vietnam, Germany and Alaska.
On March 2, 1967, Larry married the late Carolyn Joyce Tharp in Hastings, Neb. Together they raised two children.
Larry retired from Michigan Bell as a toll test man after 25 years. He then went on to work as a senior project engineer for WorldCom (now known as Verizon), from where he retired in 2008.
Larry enjoyed fishing, Tiger baseball and metal detecting. He loved play dates with his grandson, Alex, and spending time with his family. Larry was a loving husband, a caring father, a good neighbor and a loyal friend. He was forever coming to the rescue of someone in need, lending a helping hand without being asked. He liked to make people smile, offering up a good joke for any occasion. He wasn’t always politically correct because he valued honesty over image.
He will be greatly missed by his children, Mark (Tracy) Fell, of Ingleside, Texas, and Susan (James) Ulrich, of Kingsley; four grandchildren, Erica, Rachel and James Fell, and Alexander Ulrich; three great-grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia and Sophia; siblings, Roland (Jerry) Fell, of Lansing, and Marilyn Zollner, of Montcalm; brothers-in-law, Harold (Peggy) Tharp and Robert Tharp; sister of the heart, Sookja Bayer; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn; sister, Jean (Bob) Hoover; brother, Merl Fell; and sister-in-law, Jean Tharp.
Per Larry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A service is not being planned at this time.
Memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be directed to a charity of one’s choosing.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.