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Larry  J.  Kaiser
  • Temple Beth El
    306 Capital Avenue N.E.
    Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • Donate to the American Cancer Society
  • A local Humane Society

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“Sending condolences and sympathies to all of Larry's loved ones. I went to school with Larry and was so happy to reconnect at reunion and through...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Dilsaver - Kalamazoo,, MI

“Cindy, Jeremy, Rachel, and family, I am so incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. Larry was such a good man. When I was a kid, coming over for...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Alex Lee - Brighton, MI - Friend

“It was an honor to share Larry's involvement with Jewish Federation of SW Michigan and enthusisasm for joint Friday Shabbat services to bring...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Myral Robbins - Kalamazoo, MI

“Cindy,I'm so sorry to see this. Sending you positive thoughts for strength. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Nora Allen Fleury - Battle Creek, MI

“I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Larry and he was a great advocate for people with Disabilities ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Gwen Hansen - Hastings, MI

“My condolences to Larry's family. I worked with him for many years at Kalamazoo Community Mental Health. I appreciated his gentle spirit, dry sense...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Huffman - Kalamazoo, MI

“Larry is a very Good Family Friend of the Wileys, and that's how I met Larry. Meeting him and Sharing Meals with him was an Honor. I was lucky to...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Quynh Lai - Grand Rapids, MI

“Cindy and Family, I'm so sorry to hear Larry is gone. Every single time I saw Larry over the years, he was the model of kindness, humility, and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Lee - Battle Creek, MI

“Cindy, Kids and Mrs. Kaiser Berkowitz:Your family are very special to me. Maynard was a good man and Gustel lives on. Larry was the apple of their...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Thomas Blaising - South Haven, MI

“To Larry's wife, children, and extended family. I shared an office with Larry at CMH, over 10 years ago. He immediately seemed to me, to have many...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Melonie Hunter Jorth - Kalamazoo

“My deepest sympathy to Larry's family and friends. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Larry when at Kalamazoo Community Mental Health....Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Diane Borneman - Plainwell, MI

“So very sorry to hear.. my heart goes out to all Larry's friends and family.. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Jerry Dubman - Appleton, WI

“My Condolences to the family and friends ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: JONN BLAND - Mount Pleasant, MI

“Larry you fought an amazing and courageous battle. Steve and I Are so happy you got to do so many things during this time. We have made an impact on...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn Van Geison-Culver - MI

“My condolences to you Cindy, and to your family. Larry was a kind and friendly man to all. He always had a smile and friendly greeting. May sweet...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Muntter - Kalamazoo, MI

“I knew Larry and Cindy through my children and he was always warm and kind and very approachable. He was there for his children's activities and...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: deborah whitten - Battle Creek, MI

“Larry was one of my life long friends who I've continued to keep in touch with. Larry and I lived on the same street and played together regularly,...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Tuttle - Grand Rapids, MI

“I'm so sorry to here of Larry's passing. Sorry I didn't know him, but my mom spoke of him when she was alive. Thoughts and prayers with the family. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Dubman LeBarre - Bradenton, FL


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Larry Jay Kaiser died on July 4, 2020, in Battle Creek, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer; he was 70 years old. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy Wagner, and his children Jeremy Wagner-Kaiser, of Oakland CA, and Rachel WagnerKaiser (Mitchell Clifton), of Seattle WA. Also surviving are his mother Gustel (Kaiser) Berkowitz, his sisters Sarah Kaiser (Walter Henze), and Holly Kaiser (Vasco Morais), his uncle Conrad Semmelroth of Battle Creek, a niece and nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his father Maynard Kaiser.

Larry was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and a lifelong member of Temple Beth-El in Battle Creek. His faith, family, and friends meant everything to him. He was exceptionally proud of his two children, and spoke about them often. Larry was very involved in the local Jewish community, and spent many years on various Boards in a variety of positions. He enjoyed time with local friends, fondly known as "The Usual Suspects". Larry was also close to his in-laws, Elmer and Barbara Wagner (both deceased), brother-in-law Jeff Wagner (Connie Wagner), and sister-in-law Lori Wagner.

After studying at University of Michigan, Larry spent his professional life as a social worker helping individuals with developmental disabilities. He enjoyed travel, music, NPR radio, Michigan football, promoting the Jewish community, "good" puns, keeping in contact with all his cousins and extended family, and his dog Duke. He will be remembered for his kindness and compassion, his courage and his dry sense of humor.

Due to government restrictions caused by COVID-19, a private funeral service will be held at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Larry's life at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth-El in Battle Creek, the American Cancer Society, or a local Humane Society. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.