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LARRY LEROY MICHAEL, 74, died on Wedensday, March 29, 2017, after suffering a massive stroke. Larry was a native of Versailles, Ohio, where he graduated from high school. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Earlham College in 1965 and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1968, as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University in 1983. He was one of the "Pioneers" in the computer field, employed by National Cash Register Co., Lutheran Hospital, and Dana Corporation. He completed his career with an 18 year sojourn in Roanoke, Va., where he was employed in Data Processing by Norfolk Southern Railroad. He retired in 2013 and enjoyed golfing, traveling, and weekends in the RV. Larry was a faithful member of Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; and daughter, Cheryl (Michael Thurman) Michael. A son, Thomas, died at the age of 16. He also parented eight foster children. Service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling one hour prior. Dr. Stanley Possell and Pastor Steven K. Conner officiating. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be given to Taylor Chapel for water wells in Burkino Faso. To view the online obituary, visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 31, 2017.
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April 3, 2017
Sharon, I am sorrowed by Larry's passing. We were School mates At VHS, class 1960. We were also Bucktown buddies & played often together, but MOST, we were friends. RIP, Larry. Sharon, you and your family have my sympathy & prayers.
Jim Short
April 2, 2017
Uncle Larry was a sweet sweet man. So kind hearted xo
Linn Possell
March 31, 2017
Larry was my co-worker and friend for over 15 years. Larry was always willing to help others regardless of circumstances. I hope Sharon will forgive me for influencing Larry for buying things :-). I always will remember his genuine laugh, our lunches together and arguments about football. I will say this only one time for you - GO BUCKEYES! Football season will not be the same without you.
Buddy, you will be missed.
Dariusz Data
March 30, 2017
Larry is a dear friend and coworker for 15 plus years. How many times he rescued and improved the computer systems we both worked on. He was so brilliant and so easy to work with. What an honor to call him friend! He and his wonderful wife Sharon shared many a lunch with our work group. 3 am calls back into work were not unusual but always met with a pleasant attitude. Larry, thanks for being you!!! See you in heaven! Judy
Judy Shaddix
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