Atkinson — Lawrence "Larry" Charles Deermer, 77, of Atkinson, died Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at Arbor Care Center in O'Neill.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2023 at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a 7 p.m. rosary.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2023 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson. Fr. Bernard Starman will officiate. Music will be provided by soloist Bonnie Krysl and organist Terri Vrooman.
Pallbearers will be Karl and Jim Cook and Sam and Brian Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of Larry's remaining nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of the arrangements.
Larry was born Sept. 4, 1945 in Stuart to Charles and Katherine (Ramold) Deermer. He was the fourth of their six children. He attended school through the eighth grade at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Atkinson.
After he left school he worked with his parents at the Deermer Produce and Gooch's Best Feed Store and Creamery. During his time helping them with their business, the first Barbie dolls were available so he started making Barbie-sized furniture including upholstered chairs and couches, coffee tables and end tables. He also built booster seats for children and loved his dogs. Larry also kept the lawn mowed for his mom and dad. He had a riding lawn mower and trailer for his little nieces and nephews to ride in.
In the mid 80's he went to Axtell for services for disabled individuals. While there they set him up with services and worked with him on independent life skills. After a few months, they transitioned him to his own apartment in Omaha and he began working at Lozier's where he did grinding to finish off metal shelving. He worked there for three years. He loved going to McFly's for a Coke after work. He used the city transit to get to and from work, sometimes having to switch between three different buses. He also rode his bicycle regularly.
After his parents passed away, his sisters Linda and Marian became his guardians. He moved to the senior apartments in Bassett in 2001. He loved his time there with the freedom to walk and ride his bike to the store and senior center.
In 2019 he moved to Country Lane Assisted Living in O'Neill and then in December of 2022 he moved into Arbor Care Center. This was an extra blessing because he was able to see his niece Kathy almost daily at work. Visits from his family were very important to Larry.
Larry is survived by his brother Ron Deermer of Harvest, AL, his sister Linda (Joe) Baker of Chambers and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Katherine, his sisters Joann Deermer and Marian Cook, a brother Dick, two nieces Debbie Deermer and Julie Baker and a nephew Wayne Cook.
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