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“Dear Nancy and family, Ken and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. May the God of all comfort be...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Wenda Fore - Jenison, MI - Cousin

“Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Larry was a great guy! We had lots of good times back in the L.G. Cook days. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Tom Fredrickson - Sparta, MI

“Nancy, Just a note to let you and your family know how very sorry I am to hear of Larry's passing. I was just going through some old pictures the...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Parmelee Besser - MI

“Larry was a great person to be around. He always made you feel welcomed whether it be in his home or on his boat. I love you man. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Ron Campbell - Denver, CO

“My condolences to the family. rest in peace, Larry. Kathy McLenithan Longcore, South High Class of 587 ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Kathy Longcore

“We are so sorry to hear that Larry has passed. Our deepest sympathy to the family. May you find strength in this difficult time. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gloria and Rocky Landman - MI

“The Brown-Moore Family will Deeply miss our dear Life long Cottage neighbor. He was always a great helping hand and a watchful eye over our Family. ...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Kristin Moore - East Grand Rapids, MI

“Larry made me laugh, was a great soul to be around, and always made me feel welcome....and....he liked NASCAR! I will miss him dearly. To the family...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Donna Harig - Wayland, MI


Larry Merle Near, 73, of Gun Lake, MI, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Sevilla Near, and his step-brother, Jack Rockwell. Larry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Near; his children, Laure (Jim) Belanger, John Near, Kelley (Brian) Bergstrom, and Greg Near; his step-sister, Judy Rockwell-Miller; his grandchildren, James (Heidi) Belanger, Amber Belanger, Quinn, Justin and Mallory Bergstrom, and Spencer Near; and great-grandchildren, Ryan, Coltin and Gracie Belanger as well as many nieces and nephews. Larry had a special relationship with his in-laws, Barbara Janes, Sally and George Chalmers, and MaryKay and Rick Denham. He enjoyed boating on Gun Lake, golfing at Yankee Springs Golf Course and following Nascar. His extended family and friends will always remember the good times Larry and Nancy hosted at their home on Gun Lake. Per Larry's wish cremation has already taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family extends a special thanks to the Barry County Hospice staff.