CHARLESTON, IL – Larry Lee Pfeiffer, age 79 of Charleston, Illinois, was received into his Heavenly Home on Sunday, January 24, 2021 while at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and in the comforting presence of loving family. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Adams Funeral Chapel. The Funeral Service, honoring and celebrating his life, will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with Pastor Doug Krukewitt officiating. Masonic Rites will be conducted by members and guests of Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 A.F. & A.M. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. Charitable gifts in his honor may be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter and left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Larry was born June 3, 1941 in Rardin, Illinois, the son of the late Emery Everett and Wanda (Michael) Pfeiffer. His marriage to Charlotte Ryder on May 1, 1965 was the beginning of a loving and enduring marriage. In addition to Charlotte, his devoted wife of 55 years, he is survived by two sons, Troy Pfeiffer and wife Amelia and Brian Pfeiffer and wife Tisha, all of Charleston; five grandchildren whom he adored, Bret Pfeiffer, Kelly Haga (Colin), Karissa Bland, Morgan Thomas (Bryant) and Doug Pfeiffer; and two great-grandchildren, Lane Haga and Domonic Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rex Pfeiffer and a sister, Nina Rose Salmon.
Larry was a 1959 graduate of Charleston High School. For more than 39 years he served the citizens of Charleston as Superintendent of Water and Streets. Following his formal retirement from the City, he was a driver for Campus Pointe shuttle service. Larry was a member of the East Harrison Street Church of God, the Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 A.F. & A.M., Hutton Masonic Lodge #698 A.F. & A.M., and a 32nd Degree Mason with the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite.
Larry enjoyed life and wanted to make sure that others did as well. He was quite the jokester, always had a good story to share, and imparted his wonderful sense of humor, smiles and laughter to all he met. He had a heart of gold and readily offered his assistance or help to those who needed it. In earlier years he was quite a good bowler and enjoyed tinkering with cars. He was a NASCAR and more specifically a Dale Earnhardt fan, and a gun enthusiast, holding an NRA membership. Larry loved his family dearly and watching his grandchildren participate and succeed in their endeavors brought him great joy and pride – they had no bigger fan. His dog “Trinket” was also a member of that family that he truly loved and often spoiled. Many fond memories of Larry will fill the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.
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