Lawrence Shimmin

Lawrence Shimmin

Thursday, February 10th, 1938 Saturday, March 21st, 2020

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Obituary for Lawrence E. "Larry" Shimmin

Crystal Falls- Lawrence "Larry" Everett Shimmin, 82, of Crystal Falls, Mich., passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls, Mich., of natural causes.

Larry was born February 10, 1938, in Crystal Falls, son of the late John and Maria (Schmitt) Shimmin. Lawrence grew up and attended school in Crystal Falls. He was in the Navy for a short time after school and was also a delivery driver. Larry was also an avid diver and helped with the repatriation of several drowned victims out of Lake Superior. He was married to Dorothy Castner and they had a daughter, Christine. Larry and Dorothy were divorced a few years later. He then met and married Marita Mae Hanninen on December 19, 1964 in Iron River Michigan. She preceded him in death on March 20,1997. The couple moved to Rockford, Illinois after they were married and Larry worked at National Metal Crafters ( National Lock) and was also a volunteer fireman with the North Park Fire Department in Machesney Park, IL. They had four children together: Leonard, Mary, Tammy and Judy. He worked at National Metal Crafters until retirement and then Larry and Marita moved back to the UP Michigan to live out their retirement years.

Survivors include one son, Leonard Shimmin, Rockford, Illinois; four daughters, Christine (Charles) Luby, Colorado; Mary "Linnea" Koller, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Tandrea Gibb, Rockford, Illinois and Judy (Douglas) Haber, Rock Point, New York; one brother, Robert Shimmin, Nevada; two sisters, Geri Cooper, Ohio and Lois Gumowski, North Carolina; and by six grandchildren- Danielle, Michael, Timothy, Bradley, Ashley, and Lucas and three great grandchildren and had one more on the way.

The family wants to thank the Iron County Medical Care Facility for the excellent care and love that they showed Larry during the time that he lived there.

A memorial service will be held at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls, Mich., once the Covid Pandemic is over. Interment will take place in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

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A memorial service will be held at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls, Mich., once the Covid Pandemic is over. Interment will take place in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

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The Crystal Falls Class of 1959 offers our condolences to Larry's family. A visit with him after our 60th Class Reunion this year, found him able to remember many of the classmates and specific events that took place when we were kids. We laughed together about those "good old times." May his soul rest in peace!
LaDena Robichaud Schnapper, Classmate
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