Lawrence A. "Larry" LaPorte

Tawas City, Michigan
March 21, 1939 - October 17, 2019


Monday 10 am - 11 am at Church

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church - East Tawas, Michigan


Monday, October 21, 2019 - 11 am (instate at 10 am) at Holy Family Catholic Church

Obituary Notice

Lawrence A. “Larry” LaPorte

Age 80, of Commerce Township, MI and formerly of Tawas City, MI passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Westlake Health Campus in Commerce Township. He was born in Gladwin, MI on March 21, 1939 to the late Dr. Lawrence and Sally LaPorte (nee Quinn). Larry served in the United States Army following graduation from high school. He then earned his Bachelors Degree from Central Michigan and worked for State Farm Insurance for 24 years as an Agency Director of Sales until he retired in 1992. Larry married his best friend, the former Doris Rita Ketcherside on August 22, 1964 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Tawas City, MI. She preceded him in death on March 16, 2012. He was a Teddy Bear on the inside and would do anything for anybody. Larry was the most loyal, faithful, supportive and loving father. He was a mentor to so many and he will be greatly missed. Larry enjoyed golfing, cooking and puzzles but especially spending time with his family to whom he was the pillar. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Commerce, a past member of both the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Holy Family Catholic Church. Larry is survived by 6 children, Sheryl (James) Lough, Thomas (Marie) Anschuetz, Lynne (Michael) Gokey, Christine (Joseph) Mills, Lisa Tiesworth, Lawrence (Crissy) LaPorte; 16 grandchildren, Melissa (Kevin) Brownell, Ashleigh (Andrew) Kenreich, Jeffrey Lough, Allyson Anschuetz, Kelsey (Travis) Guest, Mackenzie Anschuetz, Dylan Wernholm, Hunter Wernholm, Jacob Mills, Jessica Mills, Cooper Mills, Samuel Tiesworth, Benjamin Tiesworth, Elizabeth Tiesworth, Dominic Caudill, Alexandra Caudill; 7 great-grandchildren, Carter Rosloniec, Madison Lough, Beckett Lough, Hadley Brownell, Emerson Kenreich, Paisley Guest and Oliver Guest. He is also survived by brother, Paul (Carol) LaPorte, sister Mary (Charlie Rial) LaPorte, brother Robert (Harriette) LaPorte; 3 sisters-in-law, Peggy, Judy and Marcie and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Larry was preceded in death by his stepmother, Francis Forester; grandson James Lough and 5 brothers, Peter LaPorte, William LaPorte, Kenneth LaPorte, James LaPorte and John LaPorte. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, MI. Rev. Tyler Bischoff will officiate and interment will be in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and you may offer condolences at


St. Jude Children's Hospital


Immaculate Heart of Mary - Tawas City, Michigan


Thoughts and prayers are with the entire extended LaPorte family. Papa was a great man who touched everyone he met with his quick witted humor and endearing sarcasm. He will be missed by many.
— Karl Kowalske
I'm saddened with the news of Larry's passing. He was always good to me not only as a customer but as an mentor with advice about my business operation. I still have the leaded glass lamp he donated to my office. I will always be remember him.
— Tim Knapp
I lit a candle and offered prayers for Larry at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Our deepest condolences to the entire family for your loss.
— Pam and Jeff Payne
Love and prayers to all my cousins in MI. We will miss Uncle Larry, his big heart, and his sense of humor. Sarah George Quinn Zach and Maeve
— Sarah LaPorte Mathewi
Our hearts are with all of you during this sad time. Larry was one of the nicest people we have ever met! We feel blessed to have known him all these years and to have him as a dear well as your Mother and family. His wittiness prevailed even as we visited him in the hospital recently. We will miss his smile, humor and kind heart! Heaven gained another Angel. God Bless and love to you all.
— Tom & Kathy Ham
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
— The Luce Family - Cindy, John, Baylie & Matt)
I feel I've known your dad my whole life and I have so many good memories of him. He could always make us laugh and his big smile could fill any room with joy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Marianne Griffin

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