Larry Lansford Hairrell

Born: Sunday, December 17, 1933
Passed: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12/16/2017 | 11:00 am -
Fred C. Olson Chapel 

12/16/2017 | 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Fred C. Olson Chapel 


Larry Lansford Hairrell, 83, of Rockford, died on Wednesday, December 13th 2017 surrounded by family at home. Born December 17, 1933 in Florence, Alabama, the son of Bert and Dora (Webb) Hairrell. He served in the US Army as a medic and retired from Goss Printing in Rockford, Ill. Larry enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his friends, children and grandkids.
He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Joyce (Ohnstad) Hairrell; his daughters, Terri Mathis of Beloit, Wis., Bobbi Brown of Rockford, Ill., Lorri (Pete) Foelker of Hebron, Wis., and Kathy (Mike) Spivey of Rockford, Ill.; grandchildren Larry (Amanda)Brown, Tammera Brown, Elizabeth (Michelle) Allen, Matthew Brown, Jessica Castillo, Nickolas (Dawn) Hairrell, Samantha Roper, Joy (Justin) Bouton, Joshua (Margo) Young, Tawny (Brian) Stewart; many great grandchildren; his sisters, Bonnie Bean, Rette Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Bert (Ruby) Hairrell, Chester/Sack (Culavy) Hairrell, Gertrude (Lloyd) Boone, Hermage (Martha) Hairrell, Jimmie (Dee) Smith and multiple nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford, with Pastor Terry Moorehouse officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Chapel.

Condolences & Shared Memories (4)

  1. Terri Mathis

    He has been my Dad...I used to say "Step-Dad." Now I know that a Dad is much more than someone who gives you life. Larry provided for me, protected me, and gave me lots of happy memories of camping trips, Friday night get togethers with our cousins and other friends, trips to visit his kin in Arkansas, and so many more happy times that I could mention. Our house was often full of people, as he loved company. Later as an adult, I learned the value of his friendship, advice, and honest opinions. In this last year, I have realized his wisdom, undying love for my mother, and unconditional love for his daughters. My heart is hurting, but I know that in the years to follow, grief will turn into smiles, as I remember the "Crawdad Man." We will meet again in heaven, and there will be no more tears there. I love you, Larry Hairrell, always my "Papa" in my heart. From his eldest daughter, Terri.

  2. Bea Peterson Scott

    You will definitely be missed Larry! Joyce, Terry, Bobbie, Lorrie and Kathy, my thoughts are with you all. Blessings to all! The Scott family (Tampa, FL)

  3. Harold Boling

    I know the family is hurting at this time, but think about the good times Larry brought into your life. He was a great individual that lead his family with dignity. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Sue Reece

    Sorry to hear about Larry. He was a good man. My though and prayers are with you. Sorry I can't be there.He will dearly be missed.