Obituary of Larry Gootee
Larry Eugene Gootee, Sr. on 12 January 2022 quietly, in his sleep, left this world on the train that takes soles to the Union Station on the other side of the vail. Larry Gootee was born in Detroit, Michigan on 28 March 1947. He is the son of Wilbur and Alice (Lawrence) Gootee, who have proceeded him death.
As a young man Larry served his country as member of the Military Police in the United States Army. In less than two years he earned the rank of SP/5 (E-5). Among his many awards Larry was proud of his Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct, and National Defense Medal.
After leaving the Army Larry hired on as a Brakeman on the Michigan Central side of the New York Central Railway. After 18 years of service Larry retired from railroading.
Being the kind of person who could never be satisfied with not working, Larry then began a second career as an over-the-road truck driver. Larry worked for USF Holland for 30 years, before beginning is second retirement. Throughout his time with the railroad and truck driving, Larry was actively engaged in working the land, as a farmer. He was very proud of his agricultural pursuits.
Larry has been a long-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is also a member of the Teamster Union and American Legion.
Larry had many hobbies and recreational pursuits. He was an accomplished saxophone player. He also like playing his saxophone for anyone, until an injury from a farming accident limited his use of several fingers. Larry was an enthusiastic and uncurable collector of all things railroad. Larry had an extensive collection of electric model locomotives. He loved to collect them and show them off, whenever an opportunity presented itself. Larry enjoyed listening to Oldies and Classic Country music. He also enjoyed hearing and telling jokes and stories.
Larry is loved and will be missed by his family who include brothers, sister, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Surviving Larry is his brothers and sisters Keith Gootee, Gary Gootee (Linda), Shelly Dupon (Paul), Caroline Sauers (David), and Walter Gootee (Kay). He is also survived by his children: Wayne Gootee (Cindy), Anthony Gootee, Jason Gootee, Casandra Creager (Bill), Marie Boelter, Larry Gootee, Jr. (Angela), and Michael Gootee. Larry has 21 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Along with numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and really close friends. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a daughter in-law Jenny Gootee.
A viewing for Larry will be held in the Jonesville Meeting House of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 425 Parkwood Drive, Jonesville, Michigan at 10:00 a.m. After the viewing a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the same location, in the chapel. President Todd Mack, of the Church, will be the presiding and conducting officer. There will be a small luncheon for family and friends after the funeral service. Larry will then be transported to Evergreen Cemetery, located on Burt Road, in Ramson Twp, Michigan. At the cemetery there will a short graveside service, followed by military honors. After which Larry will be laid to rest.