Larry Byron Wilber was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, on Nov. 16, 1938, to Fred Byron and Lila Mae Wilber and passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Marsha Wilber; his daughter, Wendelyn Russell and her husband Robert; and his grandson Matthew Russell. Larry was well-loved by his sister, Donna Faulkner (William, deceased), Normal, Illinois; niece (deceased), Brenda (Gary, son Morgan), Lippincott, South Bend; nephew, Doug Faulkner (Jodie, daughter Alexandra, son John), Normal, Illinois; and nephew Guy Faulkner (Megan, son Kiran), Denver, Colorado. Throughout the years, Larry had many happy memories spent with his aunts, uncles and cousins.
Larry grew up in Kokomo, where he attended Riley Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior High. During this time, Larry held his first job working at his father's hanger factory, Kokomo Products Co. There he learned the value of hard work and honesty. These were valuable principles that he applied throughout his life. When he had free time, he enjoyed playing and watching basketball. Larry graduated in 1956 from Kokomo High School. Larry spent time with his family at their lake house on Lake Shafer. He became an avid water skier and loved taking nature walks.
Larry attained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in business at Ball State University. He was an active member of Theta Chi social fraternity. It was here that he met the love of his life, Marsha Diana Templin. Although both grew up in Kokomo, their paths didn't cross until they were away at college. They were married on Aug. 9, 1959, in Kokomo at South Side Christian Church.
After Larry finished his education, he became a sixth grade teacher in Winchester. During this time, Larry and Marsha became parents to a baby girl that they named Wendelyn, nicknamed Wendie. While living in Winchester, Larry coached a sixth grade boys' basketball team to win a city championship. Following this, he taught accounting and business at Kokomo High School and then at Logansport High School. Being involved in volunteer work was very important to Larry. He organized recreational activities and often played games at the Logansport Hospital. Later, he worked for Chrysler Corp. and then Cabot Corp. During this time, Larry was an active member at Church of the Brethren. Throughout the years, Larry worked for various companies, such as A.B. Dick in Nile, Illinois; Litton Corp. in Chicago, Illinois; and Hydril Co. in Houston, Texas. Larry became their chief financial officer (CFO). He was a logical, caring, and kind individual. During his time at Hydril, Larry was able to travel all over the world, and he often mentored those who worked for him. Following this, Marsha and Larry moved to Tucson, Arizona. Larry always tried to participate in his community. He was an incredibly intelligent individual, and even wrote a math curriculum for the Sahuarita School District to use.
Larry adored all of his pets, including his beloved Miss Miette. Larry was inquisitive throughout his life and truly enjoyed learning. He enjoyed creating videos using animation software and loved learning how things worked. One of Larry's passions in life was photography. He loved taking pictures of nature and those he loved. He loved to hear about his grandson's activities and accomplishments.
Larry loved his God and his Savior. He had a great love of the Bible. He spent much of his time reading and studying the Scriptures. Larry was an incredibly faithful and loyal person who will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at 5801 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712.
Published on September 27, 2017