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home : obituaries : obituaries April 29, 2016

12/24/2013 8:00:00 AM
Larry James Carr
an. 9, 1950 - Dec. 20, 2013
Larry Carr
Larry Carr

Larry James Carr

Jan. 9, 1950 - Dec. 20, 2013

Rochester businessman Larry James Carr, 63, was surrounded by his loving family when he died at home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. His passing followed a gallant four and a half year battle with ALS/Lou Gerig's Disease. In the face of adversity he strongly persevered with a positive attitude by embracing the physical changes his disease presented. Through his limitations he always maintained his sense of humor, wittiness, style, and grace until his final earthly day.

On Jan. 9, 1950, in Fulton County, Larry was born the treasured son of Russell D. and Alice Lee (Showley) Carr. Growing up he shared his childhood with four sisters, Cheryl, Karen, Janice and Lorena. As a young man he attended Grass Creek Elementary. Larry then graduated as a member of the first graduating class of Caston Educational Center in 1968 with great Comet pride.

During his high school years, Larry devoted much of his free time to farm with his uncle Don at Showley Farms. It was on the farm that he developed a strong work ethic and a lifelong love and appreciation for agriculture. This continued through his college years as he came home many weekends to work on the farm.

After high school, Larry pursued his formal education at Ball State University, studying business with a focus on the banking industry. Later, he achieved his dream and graduated from the prestigious Herbert V. Prochnow Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis.

In Zionsville, Larry J. Carr and Pamela Sue Bear were married on June 20, 1970. For more than 43 years they shared life's adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters Lisa, Carey and Heather. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of four grandchildren.

A successful banker-businessman, Larry initiated his career in 1973 at the 1st National Bank of Rochester as a teller. With a career spanning over three decades he quickly rose the financial ladder to a variety of appointed positions including chairman, president, and CEO with several banking entities. Larry always treasured the early years of banking when a verbal agreement sealed by a handshake confirmed a loan request.

Through the evolution of banking buyouts, Larry was with 1st National that evolved into Norwest Bank from 1973-1995 serving Rochester as the president-CEO. In 1996-2004 he served as chairman, president and CEO of the Peoples Trust Company, Linton, overseeing seven branches and over $125 million in assets. He concluded his financial career with the Main Source Bank of Greensburg/Hobart serving as president of the central region. From his command post he oversaw 11 banks with total assets of more than $450 million. Following his retirement from banking he worked real estate and co-owned the Realty One Group with his daughter Lisa.

As an active, vibrant community leader, Larry was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 40 years. His past memberships include: The Rochester Community School board, president of the Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce, service on the board of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. Larry's fraternal lodge memberships included the Eagles, Elks and Manitou Moose Family Center. He was also a member of the James Talbott V.F.W. of Kewanna, Masonic Lodge, Mizpah Shrine of Ft. Wayne and the Scottish Rite of South Bend.

Larry was an avid collector of banking memorabilia. In the earlier years he loved to golf with the guys at area courses. A lifelong spirited card player, Larry enjoyed the game "Trump Card," with his local card buddies. He played in their last outing just two weeks ago. He admired Larry Bird, and cheered wildly for the Cubs, Colts and the Pacers.

Known by family and close friends for his generosity and a helping heart, Larry could always be counted on to assist people in need. From gift cards for kids at the holidays to supplying equipment for sports teams, or as a donor to local organizations that help the needy, Larry quietly left our community a better place.

Following retirement, Larry and Pam returned to the country in a home nestled on the outskirts of Rochester. He loved being outdoors and mowing on his tractor. He and Pam annually planted a large garden and shared the bountiful harvest with family and friends. Larry simply loved growing things. His colorful flower beds that enhanced the landscape of their home were second to none. His grandchildren excitedly picked Halloween pumpkins each year from his pumpkin patch.

Paramount in Larry's life was his family. He treasured the time spent with his dad. As the proud patriarch, Grandpa Larry, affectionately known as "Papa," delighted in overseeing three generations. He loved to shop for holidays and birthdays, knowing everyone's sizes and dressing them to a tee. He was the family's number one cheerleader, rarely missing an athletic event or school program. He took great pride and pleasure in bringing his family together on multiple vacations. From Indianapolis to Cancun, he and his family have many cherished memories together. On his final family vacation, January 2013, he and his family rang in the New Year on their first cruise, adventuring in the eastern Caribbean.

Left to cherish Larry's memory are his loving wife, Pam; three daughters, Lisa Eytcheson and husband Junior, Rochester, Carey Dilts and husband Aaron, Indianapolis, and Heather Carr, Rochester; four grandchildren, Brandt and Garrett Eytcheson, Rochester, and Elaine and Thomas Dilts, Indianapolis; his father Russell D. Carr, Rochester; three sisters, Karen Boldry and husband Phil, Macy, Janice Futrell, and Lorena Carr, both of Rochester; a brother-in-law, Gerry Hizer, Kewanna; father-in-law Don Bear, Zionsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Those preceding him in death are his grandparents, his mother Alice Lee Carr, stepmother Joan Carr and sister Cheryl Hizer.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Larry James Carr will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, situated at Seventh and Jefferson Streets, Rochester. Pastor Maurice Grindle will officiate. Burial will follow at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

His family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 3-7 p.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to service Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Larry J. Carr Family Memorial Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Grace United Methodist Church, or the ALS Foundation Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at Arrangements made by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Brennan

I am so sorry about the illness and passing of Mr. Carr, whom I always respected. My sympathies to Mrs. Carr and his bright daughters, whom I fondly remember from school.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Lori Peterson

Larry was a wonderful man....Very cheerful and very family oriented. He will be missed by many...To the family we send our upmost condolences.

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