Born Ronald Larry Woodring to Eli Harlan Woodring and Helen Frances (Reynolds) Woodring on July 15, 1937 in Adams, Colorado. Being raised the son of a high-ranking army man, Larry always liked to brag how he had lived in all 50 states by the time he was graduated from high school. After graduation he changed his name and joined the Navy which only lasted for a short time until he was injured when a hatch door fell on him breaking his back. He served the rest of his enlistment as a medic in training while recovering.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy Larry settled down for a short time with his sweetheart in Oklahoma helping to raise her two daughters and having a son of their own.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, he was left a single father with a young son to raise on his own until he met and married the love of his life on May 27, 1971. Larry and his son, along with Sherry and her two children, soon after were blessed with two more children of their own. Larry, his wife, and his children were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles temple.
Larry was a lifelong salesman managing and then owning several paint and hardware stores of his own. He loved to work with his hands, and could always be found either tinkering on a ford with his kids, or building shelters for his wife’s assortment of farm animals. He had a natural green thumb as well as a knack for raising his own hogs personally handling every stage from birth to butcher. He loved his social life volunteering at the local senior recreation center and working at the Ace Hardware store in Cedar City, Utah.
Larry was a devoted husband and father who took pride in teaching his children and grandchildren how to be self-sufficient and industrious. He took great pride in the farm and three-story log cabin kit he and his family built together when they settled in New Harmony in 1993. He always looked forward to the times his grandchildren came to visit on the farm teaching them to drive the tractor, and generously paying them to help collect thistle flowers.
Larry was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings including many years as the stake janitor, and ward mission leader. He found great joy in serving on a senior mission with his wife at the Martin’s Cove pioneer visitor’s center in Wyoming, building handcarts, and sharing his strong testimony of his savior with all he met.
Despite the fact his health was a lifelong challenge and surviving multiple open-heart surgeries from a young age Larry always had a cheerful disposition and love of life that was infectious. He will surely be remembered by everyone he met as a gentle and fair man who lived his life to the fullest of his ability.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother, beloved wife of 46 years, and grandson whom I can imagine were over joyed at their reunion. He is survived by his five children: Dawn (Meadows) Patterson, Richard Meadows, Todd Meadows, Tamara (Meadows) Holdaway, and Jared Meadows; 11 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Funeral services were under the direction of Affordable Funeral Services. Online condolences can be sent to www.affordablefuneralservices.com