ROANOKE – Larry E. Neukomm, 70, died at 4:31 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 29, 1948, in Watseka, the son of Ervin and Martha Brutlag Neukomm. He married Sharon Hodel on Aug. 24, 1969, in Roanoke. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Michelle (Mark) Simpson, McLean and Tammy (David) Baietto, Crystal Lake; two sons, Phil (Erin) Neukomm, Secor and Jeff (Brandi) Neukomm, Roanoke; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Glenn (Connie) Neukomm, Buckley; three sisters, Susan (Bob) Ivey, Cape Coral, Fla., Shirley (Jerry) Bruens, Cissna Park and Peggy (Ken) Gossett, Watseka and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dale Neukomm, and one grandson, Nathan Simpson.
Larry graduated from Canton Community College in 1968 with a mechanical degree and then served in the Navy until 1972. After his service, he farmed and raised hogs for 45 years. Larry was a member of the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church, rural Roanoke, Roanoke American Legion Post No. 463, served on the Roanoke-Benson District 60 school board, Woodford County Pork Producers and was a Linn Township trustee for several years. His faith and family were the pillars in his life. He loved attending the various activities of his children and grandchildren. Larry also enjoyed taking family vacations every summer, woodworking and photography. A very special joy in his life was helping to care for his granddaughter Lydia. They will always be “best buddies.” His kind and gentle spirit will live in his loved one’s hearts forever.
Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will take place Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and Saturday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by Post 463.
Memorials may be made to an education fund that has been established for his grandchildren at Morton Community Bank in Roanoke.