Date of Death: September 24, 2019
Memorial services will be held at Hohner Funeral Home of Three Rivers, Michigan on Thursday, October 3, 2019 with visitation at 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Solis and Pastor Larry Wilkins II officiating.
Larry Wilkins, age 78, of Three Rivers, Michigan passed into the arms of angels in the early hours of Tuesday, September 24, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 2, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Harry and Edna (Hackenberg) Wilkins. He graduated Three Rivers High School in 1960. On June 29, 1963 he married Terry Lusson in Three Rivers, Michigan, and from this union they have seven children.
He was a business owner and successful entrepreneur for 45 years, owning a painting business, rentals, motels, and a lawn care service. He was faithful, dependable, loyal, trustworthy, helpful, prompt, selfless, had a great sense of humor, and always gave a hug.
In 1993 Larry gave his life to the Lord. There was evidence of his walk with Him in the way Larry showed his love to others. God, family, country were his cornerstones. For almost thirty years Pastor Leon Troyer’s friendship, and more recently Pastor Jerry Solis, were influential in Larry’s walk with Christ.
He was an excellent provider and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of those he loved. Family and friends were important to Larry. He had the gift of being able to see the needs of others, and was generous in meeting those needs. He was the first one to lend a hand with any project. With 7 children there was the project he had just completed, the one he was working on, and the next one waiting. Larry did everything with excellence. He did his best every day; he was not a quitter; he never gave up on anything. The words “I can’t” were not part of his vocabulary.
Larry enjoyed hunting with his sons, and spending time at Fisher Lake and traveling with his daughter and favorite son-in-law Tom. He was honored to have Al Barnhart as a friend. Al was the “best” in best friends; for thirty years they met every Saturday morning for breakfast and fishing.
Larry was preceded in his passing by his parents Harry and Edna Wilkins, brother Jerome Wilkins, and GRANDson Lance Castle.
Left to cherish his memory are his faithful, supportive, and loving wife of 56 years: Terry Wilkins; children: Matt (Dianna) Wilkins, Cathy (Tom) Castle, Dan (Carol) Wilkins, Joe Wilkins, Mike (Alisa) Wilkins, Paul (Sarah) Wilkins, and Larry II (Glenda) Wilkins; siblings: Shirley (Matt) Schumacher, George Wilkins, Marilee (Keith) Krasny, and Tom (Teri) Wilkins; sixteen GRANDchildren and one great GRANDchild.
Larry was a man of integrity and expected no less from his family and friends. His legacy will be felt for generations.
Memorials made in Larry’s memory may be directed to the family c/o Terry Wilkins. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com
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Dear Wilkins Family,
Absent from the body and present with the Lord. He loved and trusted in the Lord for his salvation and I know that gives all of us who knew and loved him a peace that exceeds our understanding.
I can not put into words how happy I am knowing Larry is home with the Lord. My heart aches because I miss his friendship and time we spent together but I am so thankful for the years we shared as best friends. I am looking forward to seeing him soon. I have many wonderful memories.
My condolences to Terry, their children, and all of their grandchildren. I know of his deep love for all of his family.
I love you all.
Dear Terry and family. So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my pray.
Dear Terry and family,
Larry was precious to many people, a loving man. Our sympathies and hugs to you and the family.
Terry and all the Wilkins family,
Our hearts are with you at this sudden and difficult time. Larry was very special and has left quite a legacy through his children and grandchildren. May God bless each one with peace and comfort.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the Wilkins family two doors down, and running all over the neighborhood. I pray for peace in your hearts during this hard time.
With deepest sympathy,
Larry will be missed by many people he was one of the nicest men I have met always had a smile and a kind words my condolences to the Wilkins family and my brother in law. Matt
I am so sorry for your entire families loss and I know the pain and missing him very well. I didn’t know Larry deeply but in the little bit of time I had with him I can say that all of the above was true and it was an honor to know him. His kindness, love and acceptance when I came to family events was amazing. His encouragement in following Christ and enthusiasm about our ministry was uplifting. When Larry and Terry took the time about a year or so ago to go out Of their way to come visit us in Southeastern Kentucky and treat us to lunch it was such a blessing. I do not think y’all knew how much so but to know that after an already long trip you both wanted to take the time to come see Mitch and our family meant the world. We were in a time of hurt and discouragement but Larry and Terry’s smiling faces and love touches Mitch and our family very much. Your family is in my prayers. I just suddenly lost my daddy in March and while I rejoice along with you knowing they are both in the BEST of places with Jesus, I know our hearts still hurt as we miss their presence.
Dear Wilkins Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Larry. We have such good memories as backyard neighbors and our kids gathering all over the neighborhood. And then with grandchildren and extended family. We were blessed.
With love and sympathy, Kris and Art Ayers and family
Rest in peace and God Bless your family
Terry and family,
So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.