Lawrence Eugene Pawl
1948 - 2020
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GRAND RAPIDS - Dr. Lawrence Eugene Pawl, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, parted the veil June 9, 2020, to transition to a new consciousness in the heavenly realm.

Larry was born Dec. 6, 1948, to Lillian (Wasel) and Eugene Pawl, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Larry was a fun, generous and kind man with a great sense of humor and wit. He was a Civil War author and collector of significant historical events and natural artifacts, including lunar and space memorabilia.

His greatest legacy was his compassion and care as a healer and physician. Dr. Pawl was a medical oncologist for more than 38 years practicing in the Grand Rapids and Big Rapids area. During the 1990's he was in the first wave of board-certified hospice/palliative care providers.

Larry was the Medical Director of Hospice Grand Rapids prior to the renaming to Hospice of Michigan. He was instrumental in writing and passing a cancer chemotherapy usage bill to allow drugs being used off label setting a national precedent.

Larry will be missed by his wife, Brenda; children, Andrew (Christine) Pawl, Sarah Wright, Luke and Jared Vredeveld; grandchildren, Caleb Pawl, Alina and Corrin Pawl-Castanon, Josephine, Alice and Walter Wright, Malachi, Micah, Matthew, and Mia Heisler; sisters-in-law, April (Mark) Donaker, Heather Paauwe (Motoyuki Otsuka); brothers-in-law, Jerry (Nancy Jo) Paauwe, Craig Paauwe; sister, Teresa Pawl-Knapp (Jerry); and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Larry will be remembered by his work family, Linda VanderLugt and Beverly Launiere, and many, many dear friends.

To honor Larry's legacy we ask that you plant a tree for the sustainability of our planet and reflect on all the relationships you nurture and cherish.

As a supportive alumni of Grand Valley State University, contributions can be made to the Lillian and Eugene Pawl student scholarship for health professions education at gvsu.edu/scholarship.

There will be a celebration of life at their residence from 5-8 p.m. June 27. Social distancing and masks will be available. Arrangements entrusted to The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St. Norton Shores, MI 49444.
Published in Big Rapids News from Jun. 13 to Jun. 14, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Celebration of Life
05:00 - 08:00 PM
at their residence
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August 2, 2020
Betsey Spayde
Coworker
June 26, 2020
Larry was better known to his close Pre-Med/ Biology majors at GVSU from 1967-71 as " Animal" an affecunate moniker given because he was in charge of the Biology/Physiology lab animal room which required daily tending under the watchful eye of Dr Marcia Boyles. Larry took that responsibility as he did all things with personal dedication and love. We were a tight group of pioneers in the early years, with great results leading nto 3 MD's 1 DO, 2 DDS's 1 OD not bad for the class of '67 truly leading the way for many others to follow....and we all followed with awe "Animal's" example. RIP dear Brother.
Wayne Walcott, DDS,MS
Classmate
June 25, 2020
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Tyler Staples
June 20, 2020
Larry was such a great physician to work with. He treated both staff and patients with a kindness while working in a difficult field of medicine. It was always good to see him when he was on the unit to see patients. God bless.
Pattie Russell
Coworker
June 20, 2020
I worked for Dr Pawl (LEP to me) at his office for thirty years. He truly was more like a big brother to me and I will miss him dearly. To his family and friends, my deepest sympathy.
Kelly Troxtel
Coworker
June 18, 2020
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Fred Davis
June 17, 2020
I heard about Larry all the time growing up. My dad and his dad worked together, and at the dinner table I remember always hearing the latest of what Larry was doing. I remember when he passed this or that exam, and when he got accepted into medical school. Never did I suspect that I would eventually go to medical school and later meet him as a senior oncologist in the community! We shared numerous stories and I enjoyed working with him at Reed City. He helped my son do a Civil War project in school. He was a very committed and caring physician, as well as a good friend. He is missed. My sympathy and prayer for his family.
Kathleen Yost
Friend
June 17, 2020
I have many fond memories from the 1970's and early 1980's at Butterworth, working with Larry, Brenda, and Linda. So much compassion, kindness, and fun! Larry truly made the world a better place. Sending love and hugs from Wisconsin.
June Schmidt Winters
Coworker
June 16, 2020
To the family of Dr. Pawl,
My most sincere condolences and prayers to Dr. Pawls family. My Mom was a patient of Dr. Pawls back in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Pawl was a very loving and caring physician and treated everyone with the upmost respect. His demeanor was a gift that comforted everyone who walked into his office. He was a very special person who helped Mom through her treatment. I remember him very well. Your family, and this world, were extremely fortunate to have him be a part of our lifes. Dr. Pawl, thank you for all you did for Mom.
Mike
Michael Podbregar
Friend
June 16, 2020
What a fine man was Larry. I enjoyed our conversations and his advice. he took great care of my mother 24 years ago with great compassion. I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to the family and prayers. I am sure we will meet again and be dancing on streets of gold. God has got him. Blessings, Dr. Mitt
Dr. Martin Hoffmeister
Friend
June 15, 2020
What a great human being. Our sympathies to you and family Brenda. Lon and I remember him fondly.
Mary and Lon Barr
Friend
June 14, 2020
My sincere condolences to the whole family. I first met Larry when he was Dr. Moreheads chief resident and I worked on Butterworths oncology units in the 1970s. Later, he was the pathophys prof for my MSN courses. I then taught and worked with Brenda, and know how devoted to GVSU they both have been. I know how much he will be missed and pray for healing.
Cindy Coviak
Coworker
June 14, 2020
I worked with Larry when he was an Oncology Fellow on 5 South, at what was then known as Butterworth Hospital That was approximately 30+ years ago and I will never forget him. I was an LPN at the time, so fairly low ranking on the professional scale. I remember being able to approach Larry and present him with any problems my patients were experiencing . He was always receptive to my requests for the needs of our shared patients. He listened and took my observations seriously.
A few years later, I had the honor of working with Larry and his nurse Linda while working at the Ferguson Clinic with Dr. Jeffrey Milsom. They were a great team and extraordinary advocates for their patients.
Even though my interactions with Larry were many years ago, I will always remember him for his exceptional level of caring for his patients and coworkers.
Barbara Dykhuizen
Coworker
June 14, 2020
Dr. Pawl was not only truly a remarkable physician but person. Frist met him back on Men's Medical at Butterworth, had a special way with patients and family. He treated my mother and my husband's aunt along with doing consultations for me. He touched on many, many lives. He will be sadly missed.
Kathy (and Don) Wallace
Coworker
June 14, 2020
Im so sorry to hear of his passing. Dr Pawl was a wonderful champion for what mattered most to people with cancer and also with hospice. I learned a great deal from him. Wishing the best to all family and friends. Lauran Hardin
Lauran Hardin
Coworker
June 14, 2020
Brenda, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the days, weeks, and months to come. He was such a respected doctor and so loved by his patients. I remember his great sense of humor. Much love to you dear friend.
Maureen Pawloski
Friend
June 14, 2020
Dr Paul will be missed by all. Prayers for the family. May God bless you .
Diane Rexford
Coworker
June 14, 2020
Teresa and Family,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother. The passing of a sibling hits so much harder than that of one's parents, I know from experience. Remember the good times and hold them close in your heart, they will comfort you in your times of sorrow. God's blessings upon you in this difficult time.
Michael E Renberg
Friend
June 14, 2020
Larry was one of the kindest, most gentle, generous people I have ever known. I met him in the investment business and have missed him since I retired. I think about Larry often and will continue to miss him.
Fred Ruble
Friend
June 14, 2020
An amazing gentleman, my only regret is to not have had a post retirement tequila and conversation.
Larry Stranad
Friend
June 14, 2020
Dr. Pawl was an amazing person! His compassion for his patients will be forever remembered as an oncologist who kept treating patients when there was no hope. He encouraged them to try another treatment. I remember meeting him the first time at Breast Tumor Board. We both enjoyed our diet coke in the morning to help wake us up! When I didn't have one he asked me if I was "on the wagon". Out from his coat pocket he pulled out a cold can of diet coke and handed it to me! He was a caring and devoted person to his profession.
kim quigg
Friend
June 14, 2020
rayers to the family. I met Larry at Butterworth Hospital on the Oncology unit and worked with him for many years. He always treated his pts with compassion and a listening ear. Larry was great to work with and had the best sense of humor. I will miss his bear hugs the most.
Sandy Miessner
Coworker
June 14, 2020
What a honor to be proud of! He accomplished so much and helped so many. Thank you for everything!
My deepest condolences.
Terra Haight
Friend
June 14, 2020
Fondest memories of years gone by. My heartfelt sympathy to your loved ones Larry.
Amanda (Mandi)
Friend
June 14, 2020
Dr. Pawl was truly a compassionate healer. He was my oncologist in 1987. I was 31 years old married and a mother of two small children. His words of encouragement before my monthly treatments got me through my journey. Our thoughts and prayers go to family.

Jim and Joy Gibbs
joy gibbs
June 14, 2020
He loved his children, noting once that you do the best you can and there will still be surprises along the way. Larry always made us feel at home during the the Christmas holiday. He will be missed dearly.
Amber Gowen
Family
June 14, 2020
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Amber Gowen
June 13, 2020
A witty and bright college friend with his sights set on a medical career. I think his success was preordained as he put the time in on the books, yet still found time to be a good friend. One of the most interesting men I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Gary Norgan
Friend
June 13, 2020
Hank you LEP for the 11 years I served with you. Such a kind and compassionate person. You'll be missed dearly.
Jennifer Baltruczak
Coworker
June 13, 2020
Dr. Pawl was a pleasure to work with--he was a very kind physician. He treated my aunt and she had the greatest respect for him.
Louise (Surdenik) Timkovich
Coworker
June 13, 2020
Dr.Pawl was my oncologist sixteen years ago this month. He and the Lord saved my life. I called him my gentle giant and the Lexus of treatment that means the best ever. I will truly miss him and never forget him.
To family you have my very heartfelt sympathy, may God bless you all.
Janice Noel
June 13, 2020
My condolences , it was a honor to work with Dr.Pawl at Butterworth while caring for his patients. His compassion & humor was very special for nurses & patients.
Connie Mattice
Coworker
June 13, 2020
Dr. Pawl was one of my favorite co-workers! He had the perfect blend of compassion, empathy and humor! Thanks for the memories ❤
Deb Bisel
Coworker
June 13, 2020
I am so sorry to see this, .My sincere sypmpathy and prayers for your family. Dr. Pawl was my oncologist up until he moved out of Grand Rapids ....he was so compassionate and caring.
Pat Raap
Acquaintance
June 13, 2020
18 years this month I met Dr.Pawl as a new Cancer patient. He was always soooo comforting. He has kept quite a few people I know alive because he was an awesome doctor!
Liz Ohlman
Friend
June 13, 2020
Larry was a dear friend when we were at Creston High School, working on the school paper together. So sad to hear of his passing. My sympathies....
Marta McGloshen Pullen
Friend
June 13, 2020
I really enjoyed my conversations with Larry. He was a man of wit and intelligence. I will miss him very much. He was a great doctor as he cured my wifes stage 4 cancer.
Mike Rubick
Friend
June 12, 2020
One of the greatest.....he was a truly a legend. His wisdom, his compassion, his sense of humor, his generosity and he was so much more. He was a gentle giant. We will keep his memory alive in our hearts.
Kathy Wernette
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