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Larry E. Wilcoxen - 79

7/6/1936 - 7/2/2016
Walnut, IL
Larry Eugene Wilcoxen was born July 6, 1936 in Rapatee, IL to Steve and Nora (Lenzi) Wilcoxen. He passed away July 2, 2016 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Larry married Judith Ann (Tuttle) on August 9, 1957 in Farmington, IL. Their children are Ken (Sally) Wilcoxen of Princeton, IL and Mendy (Steve) Conner of Ohio, IL. Grandchildren are Kris (Sarah) Wilcoxen of Walnut, Anna Wilcoxen, Johnna Jacobson, and Lindsay Jacobson and great grandson, Ethan Turpen. Brothers are Dan (Leann) Wilcoxen of Peru, IL, Terry Wilcoxen of Laura, IL, and Tom (Tammy) Mattson of Farmington, IL. Sisters are Lynn (Mark) Voland of Farmington, IL and Debby (Jeff). Sister-in-law is Patty Wilcoxen. There are many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Steve; one sister, Mary Jean; and one sister-in-law, Mona. Larry graduated from Farmington High School and Knox College with a Bachelor of Arts. He also graduated from Bradley University with a Masters of Arts and Western Illinois University with a Certificate of Advanced Study. Larry enjoyed his chosen field of education as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent starting in Bradford and then moving up the road to Deer Grove and then Tampico. He also coached scholastic bowl. After his retirement, he spent his time as an interim superintendent for Tiskilwa, Neponset, Ohio and Malden. He was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church where he taught adult Sunday School for several years. He was President of the Walnut Park District since its start in 1973 and inductee of the Walnut Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. He spent 25 years on the IESA Board, was a 2 term board member for Bureau Valley School, a member of the Rock River Officials Association and spent years as assignment chairman for the Indian Valley Conference. He was an IHSA official for 55 years being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Bureau County Hall of Fame, National High School Sports Hall of Fame, Illinois Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame and received the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association Distinguished Service Award. He was fortunate enough to work state playoffs in football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. He was always proud to let people know he had worked 6,743 contests. Larry was a diehard Cubs fan and enjoyed going to Chicago with any family member of friends he could get to go along with him. Memorials have been established to the Walnut Park District, Heritage Health in Walnut, Tampico Historical Museum and Walnut United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 5 – 8 PM and Friday, July 8, 2016 from 10 – 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Harkness of Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

Visitation:

Thursday July 7, 2016 5-8 p.m.

Service:

Friday July 8, 2016 11 a.m. at Garland Funeral Home View Larry E. Wilcoxen's Guestbook

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