Died: Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Larry Lichtenfelt, age 98, of Imlay City, MI died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Sanctuary at Maple Vista of Imlay City, MI. Lawrence Edward Lichtenfelt was born April 22, 1920 in St. Clair, MI. He was the son of the late Richard John and the late Susan (Howard) Lichtenfelt. Larry grew up in Marlette. He was a graduate of Marlette High School, Class of 1938. He married Theda M. Keyes on July 10, 1943 at Davis, CA. Larry joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the South Pacific as a part of the Army Signal Corps until the end of World War II. He was stationed in India for 2 years.
In 1946, Larry returned to his hometown of Marlette where he went into business with his father at the local IGA grocery store. After 21 years of being a store owner, Larry sold the IGA and moved to Imlay City where he purchased the Muir Insurance Agency. Larry retired in 1984 when he sold the Muir Agency to Paul and Marilee Atkins. Larry was a member of Lapeer Trinity United Methodist Church, a past member of the Imlay City United Methodist Church, Imlay City F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge, and Rotary Club. Larry had worked at Lockheed Aircraft before WWII and always had a fascination with flying; he became a member of the Wing Nuts model airplane club in Lapeer and the Sun Dancers Model airplane club in Port St. Lucie, FL. Larry and Theda enjoyed spending their retirement winters in Florida. In 2001, Larry’s granddaughter took Grandpa to her 7th grade class to share his experiences as a soldier in India during WWII. One very important quote was: “Just a word to remember: Be thankful for our great country and remember those around you who are less fortunate. We are never alone and we need each other.”
Larry is survived by his wife of 76 years, Theda M. (Keyes) Lichtenfelt; one daughter, Kay Lichtenfelt of Almont, MI; three sons, Sidney Lichtenfelt of North Dakota, Dennis Lichtenfelt of Attica, MI, and David (Deborah) Lichtenfelt of Greenville, SC; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving are half-brother, Reverend Donald Lichtenfelt; half-sisters, Lynda (Ray) Murray and Lorna (Doug) Kessner; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for early summer. Please be sure to sign our online register book at muirbrothersfh.com and share your memories and condolences.
Arrangement have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.