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Larry E. Burnsworth

May 22, 1941 ~ December 23, 2020 (age 79)


Larry E. Burnsworth, age 79, loving husband and family man who enjoyed being a grandfather, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 

He was born on May 22, 1941 to the late Clayton and Bonita (Cummings) Burnsworth in Sweetser.  He was married to Sue Ellen (Sanger) Burnsworth who survives.  They celebrated 56 years of marriage this year.

Larry graduated from Marion High School.  Always involved in the car business in sales, service, and management; retiring from Matthew’s Buick Dealership as the Collision Department Manager.  He loved a good project and could often be found making home improvements.  He cherished the time he and his wife spent together traveling, volunteering and attending local events.  He also delighted in spending time with his grandchildren and watching them perform in school and sports activities.  He enjoyed the sports channels following professional tennis, the Colts, Pacers, Cubs and Notre Dame.   Larry’s life reflected an example of patience, love and encouragement to his family.  He was a kind, forgiving, hardworking guy who will definitely be missed and remembered.  He was a member of Andrew Manor Neighborhood Association; St. Paul Catholic Church; and former member of the Elk’s Country Club. 

In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by his daughters, Paige Burnsworth of Marion and Joellen Elam of Naperville; a sister, Phyllis Beedy of Spokane; three granddaughters, Chelsea, Addyson and Peyton; one great-granddaughter, Ava; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Ronald, William and Carolyn Best.

Visitation and funeral services will be private with Father Ted Rothrock officiating.  Burial will be in Grant Memorial Park Cemetery, Marion, Indiana.

Arrangements are entrusted to Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 W. Kem Road, Marion, Indiana.

Memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurses Hospice, Cancer Services of Grant County, or St. Paul Catholic Church.

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305 S. Norton Avenue, Tower Suites, Marion IN 46952

St. Paul Catholic Church
1009 W. Kem Road, Marion IN 46952

The Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home
5910 Homestead Road, Ft. Wayne IN 46814

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