Obituary: Larry Avery, 73, of Washington

Staff Writer
East Peoria Times-Courier

WASHINGTON — Larry R. Avery, 73, of Washington, formerly of East Peoria, died at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.

Born June 27, 1941, to Roy and Evelyn Crews Avery in Urbana, he married Sharon Nall March 25, 1962. She preceded him in death in August of 1985. He then married Beverly Shue Sutton on Sept. 26, 1986, in East Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Leann (Mitch) Phelps of Indianapolis, Ind., Kim Sutton Newnam and Eric Sutton, both of East Peoria; six grandchildren; and siblings, Russell (Phyllis) Avery of New Windsor and Alan Leon (Lois) Avery of Sherman.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon; and his son, Brian Avery. 

Following graduation from East Peoria Community High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In the years to follow, he managed several grocery stores in East Peoria and Peoria. Eventually he owned and operated his own grocery store in Sunnyland: MacHy Market.  Larry then worked 30 years for Clark Products in Peoria as a division president, retiring in 2003. 

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in East Peoria. He was a member of the East Peoria Jaycees and served as president in 1973. He was on the planning committee of Leisure Acres in Sunnyland and continued to serve on the board of directors. 

He played kittenball with the East Peoria Jaycees for many years and also coached Little League baseball and biddy basketball in years past.

A funeral service was Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in East Peoria. The Rev. Mary Arnold officiated. There was a visitation Monday at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria. There was also a visitation  prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Interment was at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in East Peoria or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria.

His memorial website can be found at where online condolences may also be sent to the family.