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Lawrence B. ‘Larry’ Schoettmer

Lawrence B. “Larry” Schoettmer, 88, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

He was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Webster City, Iowa, to Bernard and Anna (Miller) Schoettmer.

He married Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer on April 6, 1947, at First Christian Church in Greensburg; she survives.

He attended and graduated from Decatur County schools. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Nov. 24, 1943, to May 29, 1946, serving in the South Pacific Theater during World War II in the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu and Okinawa.

Mr. Schoettmer started his career in automobile sales with Kocker Ford in Greensburg from 1946 to 1959, later with Mahan Ford in Columbus from 1959 to 1976. He owned Larry Schoettmer Ford in Edinburgh from 1976 to 1987. He was associated with Matlock Ford and Mercury in Franklin from 1987 until retiring in 2007. He had been a Ford automobile sales representative for 50 years.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus, where he had been a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, deacon, elder and trustee.

He was past president of Meridian Kiwanis Club in Columbus and was a former member of Harrison Lakes Country Club in Columbus and a member of Hillview Country Club in Franklin. He was a 50-year Mason, belonging to both Greensburg Masonic Lodge No. 36 and Devol Lodge No. 766 at the Indiana Masonic Home. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Franklin Order of the Eastern Star No. 439 and Ransford Order of the Eastern Star No. 605.

He enjoyed gardening and especially raising roses and tomatoes.

Survivors include his wife, Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer of Franklin; two daughters, Mary Katherine “Kay” Rogers (David) of Franklin and Dr. Nancy Louise Mussler (Kurt) of Rensselaer; six grandchildren, Anya McConnell (Clay) of Franklin, Kyle Rogers (Katie) of Whiteland, Afton Ault of Whiteland, Aaron Rogers of Franklin, Bryan Bayly of Muncie and Tyler Bayly of Indianapolis; and two sisters, Ina Marie Ray of Clermont and Marjorie Ferris of Indianapolis.

The Rev. Cleon Wright will conduct a service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ransford Chapel of the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin, where a Masonic Service will be conducted at 8 p.m., and from 9 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the Ransford Chapel. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, P.O. Box 44210, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46244.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202

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