Larry D. Burrows, 73, of Sumner, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 11, 2014, while working at the Kuethe Turkey Farm.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15th at St. John Lutheran Church and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given in his name to the Sumner-Fredericksburg Schools for a scholarship fund that will be established. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting the family.
Larry Duane, son of Clarence and Jeannette McNamee Burrows, was born November 7, 1940, at Geneseo, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed as an adult at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner in October of 1988. Larry attended Geneseo School s until 6th grade when the family moved to New Hartford. He graduated from New Hartford High School in 1959. On June 14, 1963, he was united in marriage with Wanda Adams at New Hartford. After graduating from Upper Iowa University in Fayette in 1963, he began a teaching career at Sumner Schools that lasted thirty-eight years, retiring in 2001. He taught upper elementary school, started the girls basketball and softball programs, and also coached junior high basketball. Larry played for the Sumner Cubs amateur baseball team, and enjoyed many outdoor activities. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the cemetery board.
Larry was a great outdoorsman. He loved to fish, hunt, and gather nuts. He enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in his backyard. He was a loving and devoted husband, dad, and grandpa. He and Wanda rarely missed an event of their grandchildren and he loved spending time with them. Whether it was attending sports events or playing games, reading to them or fishing, the grandchildren had his undivided attention. He never asked anything from the grandkids, but to be the best they can be.
Larry loved to teach. He put his heart and soul into helping kids learn. He created projects he thought would make them think. He enjoyed every minute he spent with the kids in and out of the classroom.
Many will remember Larry for his baking. He took cookies to friends and family and had kids stop by the house asking for cookies.
Family was important to Larry. Larry was the quiet one and Wanda more outspoken. That shined through at the grandkid events where Larry would sit quietly away from loud, cheering Wanda. He will be missed so much by everyone.
In addition to his wife, Wanda of Sumner, he is survived by two sons, Steve (Heather) Burrows of Sumner and Bob (Catherine) of Bondurant; six grandchildren, Mitchell, Chelsea, Jordan, Shawn, Bobbie Jo, and Ashley; one brother, Dale (Mary Beth) Burrows of Texas; three sisters, Donna (Paul) Lindemann of Dysart, Mary (Kenny) Oldenburger of Parkersburg, and Cheryl (Steve) Hosper of Melbourne, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, James.