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Lawrence Jerome Schmitz

September 4, 1940 — December 22, 2022

Lawrence “Larry” Jerome Schmitz, 82, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022, in Mountain Home, AR. He was born on September 4, 1940, in Springfield, IL, to Alfred and Ellen Kelly Schmitz. He attended Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield. Larry married Patricia Joan White on January 20, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Church, she preceded him in death July 2, 2002. He was a Vietnam War Veteran serving in the US Army. Larry founded Ozark Boat Docks Inc. (OBD) after building many homes in the Oakland Area. He was best known for his love of horse racing.

Lawrence is survived by two sons, Dr. Larry (Erica) Schmitz of Bentonville, AR, and David (Jaime) Schmitz of Mountain Home, AR; five grandchildren, Riley and Carson Schmitz of Mountain Home, AR, and Alia, Conrad, and Banks Schmitz of Bentonville, AR; three sisters,Teresa (Terry) Tinsley, Mary (John) Fox, and Kathy (John) Jones, all of Illinois; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Ellen Schmitz; and sisters, Anna (James) Bode and Madonna Kay Schmitz.

Services will be held in Springfield, Illinois.

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services - Mountain Home, AR. Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Springfield, IL, date pending. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com .
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