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Larry Stelivan

Springfield, Illinois

Jun 27, 1950 – Oct 8, 2021 (Age 71)


June 27, 1950
October 8, 2021
Springfield, Illinois


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Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel, Inc. - Springfield Obituary Stelivan, also known as “Vito Goodbar or John Cook,” was born June 27, 1950 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the last to be born of sixteen children to Joseph Stelivan Sr. and Iceola Stelivan. Larry was baptized and accepted Christ at an early age. He also attended church faithfully with his family growing up as a child.  

He was an avid dart player, bowling leaguer, jokester and family man. He was President of Dead Eye motorcycle club in Springfield, a Computer Tech, loved to dance on occasion and also loved to take road trips in the RV Camper.

Larry graduated from Wilbur D. Mills High School and  was on the Arkansas College of Technology Deans List in 1991. He was a Veteran of United States Air Force and served from 1973 with an honorable discharge in 1975. Larry served as an IL State Trooper in Cook County in 1976 and went on to serve with Springfield Police Department from 1978-2002. Once retired, he served as Security at the US Senates office in Springfield.

Larry departed this life Friday, October 8, 2021 at home, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Sr and Iceola. Son: Larry Stelivan and

Eleven Siblings: Joseph, Isom, Etta Mae, Geneva, Versia, Inez, Arnetta, Tommy, Linda, Melvin and Leo Stelivan.

He leaves to cherish his memories: Beloved wife, Tyus Stelivan, Children: Tanya Townsell of Chicago, IL; Katheryn Hayes of Nashville, TN; Carmen Warner-Stelivan of Greenville, SC; Shawntelle Stelivan of Springfield, IL; Iceola Stelivan of Nashville, TN; Everett Larry Stelivan of Springfield, IL; Gary Williams of North Little Rock, AR; Shelly Rouse of Springfield, IL; Marcus Rouse of Springfield, IL; Felishia Webb and Kayla Webb, Robert Webb, all of Springfield, IL,  a long time friend; Eddie Withers, Siblings: James Stelivan, Ervin Stelivan, Carolyn Townsend, Cynthia Webb (John)26 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.


Funeral Services Saturday October 23, 2021



Ruby Funeral Services & Crematories

1520 East Washington Street

Springfield,IL 62703

Pastor Ronnie Jennings Officiating

Little Rock, Arkansas




1520 E Washington Springfield, IL is also where flowers and donations can be sent.


Cremation will be provided by Ruby Funeral Services & Crematories.

CDC guidelines will be followed



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So sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Stelivan. Enjoyed working with him in the Senate. Such a nice man! We are all better for having known him.

I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We had many great conversations in the last 35 years. I will truly miss him, but the memories will continue.

Lift your eyes to the hills whence comes your help Psalms 121:1 Larry was a true friend and nice person. Sorry I missed his funeral but I was out of town at the time. He will be missed especially at the dart board. RIP.....

Larry was such a bright light in the Capitol. He always had a friendly greeting when I encountered him in the Capitol. Such a decent man will surely be missed by the many people who had a chance to know him.

My deepest sympathy to the Family and Friends I am one of the newly hired Doorkeepers for the IL Senate and I had the pleasure of being taught by one of the most humble of men that I have ever met; none other than as I refer to him as Mr. Larry. I pray you all find comfort in knowing that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a loving Father and will grant you peace during your time of sorrow. Prayerful Regards, Sheila

Gone , but not forgotten,Our Condolences, To Our Families

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life of a well loved and a champion for his community serving & protecting others. God Bless!

Rest Peacefully uncle Larry you will be truly missed love always.

My Condolences to the family.❤❤