Larry Elms
1943 - 2020
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Larry Elms
PEORIA - Larry Kent Elms, formerly of Peoria, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, at his home in Yuma, AZ.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1943, to Vernon and Letona (Mitchell) Elms.
He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Elms; mother, Letona (Mitchell) Elms; and brother, Tommy Elms.
Surviving are is his wife, Joretta Elms; sons and grandchildren, Scott Elms (Roni) and Ravin, Sophia and Henry and Matthew Elms (Christina) and Rosa and Coen; brother, Alan Elms of California; and sisters, Jeanine Frey of Georgia, Elaine Elms of Washington, DC, Elena Elms of North Carolina and Laurel Mitchell of Tennessee.
After graduating from Ballard High School in Kentucky, he served in the Navy as a Frogman during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his service, he moved to Peoria, IL, and became a toolmaker at Caterpillar. Larry eventually retired from Caterpillar and spent his winters in Yuma, AZ.
He was a devoted father to his children, teaching them to shoot guns, work on cars and a lot of other outdoor skills.
A private celebration of life will be held July 2, with a memorial at a later date.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jun. 27 to Jun. 29, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
Reta and family so very sorry about your loss. I will pray for peace for you. Sending hugs and heartfelt sympathies. Bonnie
bonnie lambert
Friend
June 30, 2020
Sorry to hear of Larry's passing, he was a coworker and friend.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Steve Nolan
Friend
June 29, 2020
I worked side by side with Larry for years. He helped me with his vast knowledge of cars and I was able to help him with roofing. We went to Lake Michigan salmon fishing when the boys were young. We lost contact after retirement for which I deeply regret. He will be greatly missed and my condolences for him as a husband, father, and friend.
Phil Kennelly
Friend
June 28, 2020
I knew Larry in 1965-67 when he first came to Peoria we lived in an apartment building on Fredonia street with other guys from KY he was a good guy sorry for your loss
Terry Johnson
Friend
June 28, 2020
Sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a coworker and a long time friend. He will be missed by many who knew and worked with him.
Blaze Fornoff
Friend
June 27, 2020
Sorry to hear about the passing of Larry. God be with his family at this time.
Carol and Terry Beavers
Coworker
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