Johnston City - Larry C. Schuetz, 72, formerly of New Baden, IL, was called into the arms of God at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO on January 5th, 2015, as the result of a massive stroke. Larry was a cultivator of the earth, man of faith, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
Larry was born on July 13, 1942 in New Memphis, IL to Norman and Alleen (Graul) Schuetz.
Larry was united in marriage to Dawn Evans on July 20, 2005, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marion, IL and together they shared 15 years of companionship. Their love endures.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn of Johnston City, IL; daughter, Michelle (Mark) McCarty of Columbia, IL and their sons Sean and Ian; daughter, Jennifer (Talmadge) Hewitt of Fremont, NE and their daughters Meghan and Alexis; son, Rodney (Michele) Schuetz of Collinsville, IL and their daughters Breanne, Miley and Paige; stepdaughter, Katie (Jeremy) Hayes of Bloomington, IL and their children Owen, Mitchell and Natalie; stepson, Kyle (Charlyn) Evans of Murfreesboro, TN and their sons Garett and Sawyer; stepgranddaughter, Madilyn Pritchett of Evansville, IN; cousins Kenny (Donna) Graul, Diane (Steve) Smith, Renee (Tom) Cavalli, and a host of dear and treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Conrad and Marie Schuetz , Martin and Mae Graul and his parents, Norman and Alleen Schuetz.
Larry proudly worked as an IL State Police trooper beginning his career on the Chicago tollways and retiring from District 11 in Collinsville, IL after 20 years of service. Larry also respectfully served his country by spending 6 years in the US Coast Guard Reserves. Larry was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, eternal protector of the hummingbirds, and maker of the famous blackberry brandy.
A man of great strength and kind heart, Larry was always willing to help his friends and neighbors. He was an active member of the Blue Knights Chapter 22, Wesclin High School Class of 1960, the Round Table Coffee Club, IL Police Association – Shawnee Division, and Fraternal Order of Police. He will be missed by many.
His beloved dog Mel was his constant companion until November 3rd, 2014 and was surely waiting to welcome him to heaven.
A memorial service to celebrate Larry’s life will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1501 Broeking Road, Marion, IL at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January, 10, 2015 with Pastor Marlin Otte officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Our Redeemer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or This Able Veteran Service Dog Program, thisableveteran.org