Larry Meyer passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2013, at his home with his family at his side. He was 78 years old. On July 1, 1956, he married Sharon Cothrell in Peoria,Ill., where the family lived for 17 years. The family moved to Walla Walla in August 1973 to help establish the Nelson Irrigation Corporation on Airport Road.
In Illinois, Larry attended the University of Illinois, Bradley University in Peoria, plus took four years of additional training at Caterpillar Manufacturing Co., in the ADT program. Larry had a God-given talent for anything mechanical and was very creative. His favorite hobbies were working in his shop building various projects. Before his years of illness, he also enjoyed flying. He received an achievement award in 1997 from the National Irrigation Association and has several patents in his name.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; five children, Lorraine (Lori) Meyer, Janet (Ken) Burt, Dianne Meyer, Russ (Jane) Meyer and Elaine (J.P., Jr.) Kent; one brother, Allan (Marymae) Meyer, in Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret (Cook) Meyer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice, the Christian Aid Center, or charity of choice through the Herring Groseclsoe Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA 99362. Visitation will be held at Herring Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church with a light lunch to follow.