Larry E. Avery, 69, of rural Slater, died Thursday, April 19, 2007, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
Graveside services will be Thursday, April 26, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Rev. Robert Sisney will officiate. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post 78 or V.F.W. Post 4367, both in Slater, in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Nov. 15, 1937, in Lincoln, Neb., he was the son of the late Mose and Margurite Gray Avery. On Feb. 18, 1967, in Slater, he married Karen North; she survives of the home. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of V. F. W. Post 4367 in Slater, and a member and current commander of American Legion Post 78 in Slater. He was retired from the National Guard, and had worked as a dredge operator in many states and foreign countries. He owned and operated Avery Welding and Avery's Mini-Storage. He was also a member of the 401 Couples Club and the Hoisting and Portable Engineers Local Union No. 101.
Also surviving is a son, Gene Avery of Moberly; a daughter, Ginger Newman of Slater; a grandson; and a brother, Kenneth Avery of Pawhuska, Okla.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Avery.