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Larry Richard Roe

Larry R. Roe, age 93, the “always husband” of recently deceased Sally Roe, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  He was born on November 4, 1921 in Ypsilanti, MI to the late Carlton A. Roe and Ruby B. (Simpson) Roe.  He was the brother of the late Molly E. Westbrook and the father of Emery M. Roe (wife Louise Palmer Fortmann) of Oakland, CA and Carlton A. Roe (wife Fusako Yamaguchi) of American Canyon, CA.  He was grandfather to David M. Yamaguchi Roe, Michelle R. Ranada and Scott Fortmann-Roe and great grandfather to Reyna Yamaguchi, Ella S. Ranada, Sabrina M. Ranada, Lauren A. Ranada, and Anna Julia (Ania) Fortmann-Roe.

After the tragic death of his wife in 2012, Larry moved from South Lyon, MI to be close to the family of her grand-daughter, Jennifer Dillon, her husband Marty Dillon, and their two children, Victoria and Harrison Dillon in Lafayette, TN.  Two other of Sally’s grand-children, Kaitlyn and Tyler Keyes, were fondly remembered by Larry as well as his two step-children, Martha A. Riggs and John L. Mayne, both of TX.

Larry graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1939, served in the U.S. Army in 1946 – 1947, and then spent much of the rest of his career in the automobile business, mostly in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Funeral services for Larry Richard Roe will be conducted on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM from the Chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN.  Visitation with the family will be on Saturday from 2:00 PM until service time.  Honorary pallbearers will be Lincoln Cosby, Tyler Keyes, Harrison Dillon, Zeke Dillon, Luke Dillon, Mason Dillon and Donald Keith Tinsley IV.  He will be buried at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI beside his late wife, Sally.

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Larry was a good good friend. I worked with him during the summer at Russell Motor Sales in Hartland Michigan and part time during the winter. I first met Larry back in 1984 when he and my Grandpa Ralph Russell partnered up and sold cars togeather. He was always easy too talk with and good to ask for advice. May God rest and bless his soul with eternal peace.

matt russell Jul 14 2015 12:00 AM

My husband, Mike, and I were lucky enough to spend time getting to know Larry during our days working at my father's dealership. He had a story for every place and every time. He's been all around this country and he never gave up on love.

Any time I told Larry of my aspirations he was quick to say, in only the way he can, 'well why not!?'

Even after he moved to Tennessee, he still made time when he came home to Michigan to see us. Like I've been told by his family, he adopted everyone he knew as family, and we are so honored he did.

I'd give anything to talk to him just one last time. To hear him ask, "how's it going, babe?" or to give me one of his reassuring "oh yeahhhh"s.

And for that, I know Larry will always be with us, by his wise words and 'Larry-isms'.

His love ran deep, and I'm so grateful it did.

Nicole Kalil (Saunders) Jun 6 2015 12:00 AM

I have known Larry for approx. 48 yrs. Larry was stern when he felt it proper, but most of all he was a very sweet man and he loved God his family and especially his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When Sally died suddenly Larry missed Sally deeply,then he called upon the Lord to help him in his time of need, Ps. 145:18, Ro.10:9 & 13 Eph. 2: & & 9 etc. Everytime Larry and I would talk all he wanted to talk about was our Savior Jesus Christ, they were the most wonderful and joyful conversations we had ever had. When he moved to Tenn. God used Marty & Jennifer Dillon & his Pastor to take him deeper in his love relationship with Jesus, he knew he was home with family and shortly he would be in his eternal home in Heaven with God and he would see Sally again. To the readers of this writing who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, stop what you are doing.Come as you are and Ask Jesus Christ to give you a new heart tell Him you need Him and you want a love relationship with Him for which is the purpose you have been created, not for yourself but for His Glory. Do it now !! He will give you the peace, comfort, hope, encouragement, that we search for in all the wrong places. I plead with you take a moment, talk with him from your heart.

Bob Rogalski Jun 4 2015 12:00 AM

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Emery Roe and Louise Fortmann.

Rest in peace, Dad and Grandpa. Love Ozzie, Louise, Scott, Aga and little Ania

Emery Roe Jun 3 2015 12:00 AM

May you rest in peace! May you see my mom again and enjoy the time you have together. Thank for being my dad for over 33 years. I will always remember the time we had fishing in Canada and up north in St Helen. Thank for all the quite conversation we had.
Love Gene

Gene M. Keyes Jun 3 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of such a great man! We always enjoyed seeing him walk through our door. Mr. Larry will be greatly missed.
From the girls at Rehab,
Mandy, Kathy, Penny, Sonja and April

MCGH Rehab Jun 1 2015 12:00 AM