Larry Allen Darrow, 71, of Fremont Hills, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021. Larry was born November 21, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Newel Lorell and Camille Marie (La Coste) Darrow. He attended Jefferson High School where he met the love of his life, Victoria Akers. Upon graduation from Jefferson in 1968, he attended the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Technology, Mechanical Design Teaching Degree.
Larry married Victoria August 3, 1969. Together they finished their college degrees while living in married student housing. They established their first home in Waterloo, Iowa where they were blessed with two wonderful children, Jaren Christine and John Allen.
Upon graduation from UNI, Larry worked 12 years for John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works in the Plant Engineering Department. While employed by Deere, Larry was elected President of the Supervisor’s Club, an organization comprised of 500 of the top Management of the Waterloo Tractor Works.
Leaving Deere in 1984, Larry and his family moved to Centerville, Iowa where he accepted the positions of Manager of Energy Services, Marketing, and then Manager of Gas Services for Iowa Southern Utilities Company. In 1988 Larry was hired by City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri as Director, Natural Gas Supply. For 14 years Larry purchased natural gas for the Springfield area from the spot market rather than traditional pipeline company supplies. He retired from CU in 2002 and moved to the golfing community of Fremont Hills, Missouri with Victoria. There, they enjoyed golfing and socializing with their many friends through the Country Club. They also enjoyed seeing the world together, especially the many river cruises they shared in Europe.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, mother, his beautiful sister, Cheryl, his father-in-law and fishing buddy, James L. Akers, his wonderful mother-in-law Marjorie Akers and his beloved sister-in-law Kathryn (Akers) Dunlap.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 51 years, Victoria; daughter Jaren Pippitt and husband Greg of Cosby, Missouri; son John Darrow and wife Becky of Springfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Pierce, Keegan, Wyatt and Mackenzie; sister Bonnie Darrow and brothers Denny, Randy, Gary and Rick Darrow.
Visitation will be Friday, May 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Barnes Family Funeral Home, 1700 South 15th Avenue, Ozark, MO. A private family Memorial Service will follow. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House or FHCC Signature Oak Fund.
The Darrow family request those attending Larry’s services to wear face coverings for the purpose of preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19. The family and staff thank you in advance, for your understanding during these difficult times.