Larry Sonner
1936 - 2020
Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory
8201 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA
Larry Sonner

Johnston - Larry William Sonner, born 9/10/36 in St. Joseph, MO - died of Covid-19 11/27/20. Larry served as the first Director of the Office of Pastoral Care of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1973-2000, providing seminars and counseling for the pastors/their families in Iowa. His counsel supported persons in their pain, concerns and life altering events. His trustworthiness in this role was unparalleled.

Mourning the loss of this great man are his wife of 61 years, Sue, children Scott, Chris (Cindy) Deborah Hubble (Tom), 9 grandchildren and their 4 spouses, 4 great grandchildren. It was his honor to perform family weddings, baptisms and a memorial service for Terri, Scott's wife. Siblings Sharon and Wayne (Donna) and in-laws Fritz and Etta Mutti plus extended family and many friends also grieve.

Larry was known to all as a loving, kind, humble, family man, scholar, professional, caring human being who advocated for social justice in ALL its forms. Some of Larry's favorite things were being on the screened porch, sitting on the swing with kitty Heidi at his side; coffee or wine with friends; donuts, McDonald's, summer time with grandchildren, their sports, music, drama; MSNBC; Colorado and National Parks, geese and new friends at Brio, sitting at his desk.

Memorial suggestions: Grace United Methodist Church, Heifer Project International, Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

A gathering to celebrate Larry's life will be held when it is safe to do so.

Published by the Des Moines Register from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, 2020.
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I loved that man! He was an inspiration for kindness and greatness on Earth. If I can do anything please let me know. I love your family. God bless. He was an amazing man
David Roger Tate
December 11, 2020
I met Larry when he served on the Iowa United Methodist Foundation. The very first time I had the opportunity to sit by him at lunch break, I knew immediately he had a heart for all. It was an honor to know him even for only a short time. My sympathies to his family.
Kris Manning
December 7, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We met you and Larry when you would visit Trish and Charlie, we were their neighbors for many years. Larry was such a friendly and kind man. May he Rest In Peace.
Judy & Walter Smith
December 7, 2020
Sue, Larry left an impression on Duff and my lives. We will always treasure the time we spent in his presence leading the Becomers class at Grace. Love Pam and Duff Martiin.
Pam Martin
December 3, 2020
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