Larry L. Mitchell, 82, of Moline, Illinois, died Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at home.
A farewell gathering will be held from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 4, at Centennial Park in Davenport, Iowa, by Modern Woodmen Park. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, under the direction of Trimble Funeral Home.
Larry Leon Mitchell was born September 2, 1938, in Monmouth, Illinois, the son of George and Marguerite (Watson) Mitchell.
He is survived by his everlasting love, wife Valerie; his six children, Byron, Larry, Jerry, Kerry, Sherri, and Terry; and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maurice, George, and Ronnie; and his grandparents.
Larry Leon came here to live life out loud.
After surviving pneumonia as an infant, he spent his life in the fast lane. It started at 3 years old, when he would ride his tricycle back and forth down the block all day long until the neighbors wondered if he was alright. This started his obsession with bicycle riding that lasted all his life.
Larry was a constant “do-gooder” whether with an official organization or his many individual acts of kindness.
His volunteer efforts included church activities, children’s sports, anything environmental, as he loved Mother Nature fiercely, and his heartfelt passion helping the homeless. He joyfully rang the bell for the Salvation Army for many years and spent time with the children at the shelter. His endless acts of charity touched many people along the way.
He was proud to have worked at John Deere for 30 years, retiring from PDC after working at several plants.
He was a member of St. James AME Church, UAW, Thundersteppers Drill Team, and many many sports teams. Sports was in his heart, mind and soul.
He graduated from Monmouth High School in 1956, proud to have lettered in football, baseball, and basketball. Which one was his favorite? It just depended on the day.
Larry’s colorful personality guided him to many adventures throughout his life, the last 36 years including his wife in the escapades.
His devotion to Jesus was paramount and his heart was infinite, loving so many.
His mother would say, “I would rather wear out than rust out.” There wasn’t a speck of rust on him as he danced his way to Heaven!
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