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Larry E. McDermott

Dyersville , Iowa

Nov 10, 1948 – Jan 21, 2018


November 10, 1948
January 21, 2018
Dyersville , Iowa


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Reiff Funeral Home - Epworth Obituary

Larry E. McDermott, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home in Mesa, Arizona.
Friends and relatives of Larry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the Church.
Services for Larry will held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 29, 2018 at St. Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (rural Peosta), Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.
Larry was born November 10, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Emmett and Dorothy (Potts) McDermott. He is a 1966 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. Larry founded McDermott Excavating in 1978 and ran it successfully until his retirement in 2015.
He was united in marriage to Sharon Donovan on October 25, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, IA. Sharon preceded him in death on October 14, 2017.
Larry loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of the Epworth American Legion-John White Post #650.
A strong supporter of emergency services in Dubuque County, Larry served for 30 years on the Epworth Community Fire Department Board of Directors. He was also a member of St. Joseph’s the Worker Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.
Larry shared with his dad and brothers a passion for Allis-Chalmers farm tractors. He enjoyed spending winters golfing with his friends in Mesa, AZ.
He is survived by his children, Troy (Kate Conlon) McDermott of Dubuque, IA and their children Natalie and Clara, Tara (Bo) Duggan of Pewaukee, WI and their children Cooper and Maverick and Tina (Jon) Humston of Iowa City, IA and their children, Levi and Dallas; his mother; Dorothy McDermott of Cascade, IA; six siblings, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, IA, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA and Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, IA, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, IA and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion, IA; one-brother-in-law , Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA; two sisters-in-law, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; his father, Emmett McDermott; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifford J. and Lucille Donovan
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
A Larry McDermott memorial fund has been established at Fidelity Bank in lieu of flowers.

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I am so sorry for the loss of a really awesome guy, Larry and Sharon were awesome neighbors and friends.. I loved listening to his stories around a camp fire.. My thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and anyone suffering the loss of a really great fella.

I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot even begin to describe Larry as he was a truly amazing man. Sharon and Larry were both always so generous to me! They would always invite me over for dinner when they were in AZ and I would stay for hours just talking with them. Your all are in my thoughts!!

Our sympathy to the McDermott family on the passing of Larry. Tom and June Swift

Our sympathy to Larry's family. Don & Judy Schuster

My sympathy to the family especially to Cherrie on the death of her brother.

My sympathy to the family especially to Cherrie on the death of her brother.

Troy, Tara, and Tina. Joe and I offer our deepest sympathy in the death of your Dad.We are in Florida so we will not be able to attend the services.Joe has always said that your Dad was the best boss ever. He treated all with respect and people respected him.Again we have your whole family in our prayer s to help you make it thru the next few days! Joe and Corinne McQuillen

Larry & Sharon were as fine a folks that I ever had the privilege to do business with. I'm really sorry UI will be unable to attend any of the services. I happen to be enjoying winter vacation, just south of Tuscon and visited with my friend Bill Gehl who said he had just had a good visit with Larry a few days ago. My best to all of your family. I shall stop and see Dorthy every time I am at the care center. I think of you as a great family!
Jerry Volk