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Lawrence  John "Larry" Spoor

Lawrence John "Larry" Spoor
  • June 30, 1936 - August 15, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Companion Cats
    P.O. Box 2568
    Battle Creek, MI 49016

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“I am sorry to here of your Loss.I worked with Larry at the BTL FIFO for 8 years. I always enjoyed talking the getting to know him. May God Bless you ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Raymond Landon - Atlanta, GA

“Our deepest sympathy and prayers Carol to you and your family. Keep all your great memories close to your heart, Larry will be greatly missed!Fondly,...Read More ยป
2 of 3 | Posted by: Deb Ullrich-Hastings - MI

“Going to miss you Larry. To have known Larry has been a blessing. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Tim & Nancy Schrier - Kalamazoo, MI


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Lawrence John "Larry" Spoor, 82, of Battle Creek died peacefully with his family at his side at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Larry was born June 30, 1936 in Battle Creek the son of Frank D. and Virginia K. (Miller) Spoor. He grew up on a centennial farm in Newton Township and was a 1954 graduate of Lakeview High School. He had an equivalent of a Master's Degree in Aviation, attending Emery Riddle International School of Aviation in Miami. In addition, he took many hours of training at the Federal Aviation Academy in Oklahoma City. Larry was a pilot and aviation flight inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. He was involved with many aspects of flying, prior to retiring after 50+ years in 1997. In addition to inspection, he had done corporate flying, crop dusting, air traffic control, flight aviation and charter and cargo transport. Larry served his country in the Michigan Air National Guard.

Larry was united in marriage to the former Carol A. King on June 5, 1959 at Maple Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Carol; daughter, Laura Krause of Battle Creek; son, Douglas Spoor of Battle Creek; three grandchildren, Alexandra Angelo, Tyler Spoor and Ariana Spoor. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Virginia Spoor.

Since 1977, Larry was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, where he started the Men's Breakfast Devotional Group and sang in the choir. Larry was recognized by the FAA with a 50+ year Wright Brother's Award for accident free flying. He flew the Ford Trimotor for the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, as captain and instructor pilot. Larry was active with his children as an Indian Guides Leader, coaching Little League Baseball and his daughter's horse shows. He enjoyed bicycling, flying as a hobby, flying remote control model planes and playing the trombone. He had played Big Band music with a Glenn Miller type band when he wintered in Venice, FL, that he founded and directed; as well as, with the Lew Boyd Band here locally. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, a pilots group. Larry will be remembered as being very creative in finding ways to repair items, as well as, innovative in design. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and his cats.

Friends will be received 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Funeral services to celebrate Larry's life will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018. Committal and interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or Companion Cats of Battle Creek.
Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.