John E. Large Sr.
May 27, 1944 - Feb. 1, 2013
CULVER — John E. Large Sr., 68, of Culver passed away suddenly near his residence Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. John was born May 27, 1944 in Fulton County to Orville and Clara Calhoun Large. John graduated from Monterey High School in 1962 at which time he joined and served in the Air Force from 1963 to 1968. John proudly served his country for five years in several locations in the United States and also spent three years of his service stationed overseas in Japan. During his tour of duty, John married Donna Jean Rogers in 1965. John and Donna had two children together, John Large Jr. and Jennifer Large Vantwoud.
Upon discharge from the Air Force in 1968 John returned home and settled in the Culver area starting a new job at McCord Corporation in Plymouth. In 1971 John and Donna also purchased a farm on the east side of Culver where they began raising livestock and growing crops until 1987.
John won the Indiana State Star Young Farmer competition in 1983. This was quite an achievement considering John was self educated in the business and had only began farming 12 years earlier. John won a trip to Washington D.C. after receiving the State Star Farmer Award where he had the honor of laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery.
March 31, 2000 John married Mary Wallace in Warsaw.
On June 10, 2002 John suffered a heart attack at his residence outside of Culver. Thanks to Chad Becker of the Culver Police Department and Culver Union Township EMS personnel, John was revived at the scene with the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that Culver had in use. After John recovered, John and Mary donated the first AED to be used for county wide community events such as the Blueberry Festival to the Plymouth Community Ambulance Service.
John worked at Modine Radiator and Indiana Heat Transfer in the years after he left the farming industry and retired from Indiana Heat Transfer Corp. in 2011.
John had passion for hunting, gardening, and enjoying the great outdoors. John was a dedicated family man that enjoyed a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John was a proud father and grandfather, a loving husband, and a wonderful person who will be missed by many.
John is survived by his wife, Mary Large; a son, John E. Large Jr. and wife Brooke Hammonds Large, Culver; a daughter, Jennifer Large Vantwoud and husband Adam, Warsaw; a stepson, Dana Wallace and wife Cheryl, Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter, Becky Wallace Haining, Lapaz; nine grandchildren, Lauren, Alicia, Riley, Isabella, Stacey, Wes, Lexi, Justin, Brandon; four great-grandchildren, Dylon, Chloe, Ella, Nevaeh; a brother, Dennis Large and wife Rita, Plymouth; a sister-n-law, Mary Large Personett, Fulton. John was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James Large, and one sister, Patricia “Pat” Ann Acre.
A time of visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. Rev. Henry Sprunger will officiate funeral services at noon. Burial will follow at the Poplar Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Culver Union Township EMS.
The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.