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Larry Darrow November 21, 1949 - May 8, 2021

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.



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    Tim Fitzpatrick says

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I knew Larry from playing golf at Fremont Hills and he was truly a class act. He was always very friendly and welcoming to any new players in the Wednesday Men’s League. I had the pleasure of teaming with Larry in the Fremont Hills vs Bolivar matches a few years back. What a fun weekend that was. I will miss seeing Larry out at the club. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Harriet Morrison says

    We are so sorry to hear about Larry! I remember how nice he was to help us out with our family’s Christmas get together at the pavilion. Always willing to lend a helping hand. Prayers sent to Vickie and the whole family.

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    John & Nellie Morrison says

    Larry’s devotion to Fremont Hills Country Club will be long remembered. Always there to do the necessary tasks in furthering the betterment of the club. He certainly loved playing golf and socializing with fellow golfers. Our family’s prayers for Vickie, the kids, and grandkids, so sorry for your untimely loss.

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    Wade Stinson says

    I met Larry through natural gas industry associations many years ago. He was a great guy with a fantastic sense of humor. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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    Denise Schrader says

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Honor him through reliving your most cherished memories. I will keep you all in my prayers. Denise

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    Roger Fitzwatet says

    Dear Vickie & Family. We were so shocked (Still are) to hear of Larry’s passing. We have great memories of our times together. We always enjoyed Larry’s sense of humor and his honest approach to life and friends. We will always cherish his friendship. Our thoughts & prayers for peace & understanding are with you and all of the family at this difficult time. Roger & Andrea Fitzwater

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    Harry W. Blow says

    Anita and I are deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Larry. He and I worked closely together on the Signature Oak Fund and he graciously took over as chair of that Fund when I retired from that position. We became good friends from that association.
    Larry will be greatly missed by everyone but especially his FHCC “family”.

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    Bonnie Keller says

    I’m so very sorry for your tremendous loss of Larry. I’ll never forget the years he spent helping with the huge task of coordinating volunteers for the Price Cutter Charity Championship. That was my opportunity to get to know his always kind heart and helpful nature. He was always so supportive of Ronald McDonald House. To Larry’s beautiful wife and family, I will keep you all in my prayers.