Obituaries March 9th

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Larry E. Poage
1944 – 2019

Lawrence “Larry” E. Poage, 75, of St. Joseph, passed away at his home Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Larry was born in Buchanan County, Missouri on February 25, 1944 to Everett and Zilla Mary (Donaldson) Poage. He was part of the 1962 graduating class of the Maryville High School.

Larry answered his country’s call, joining the US Army in 1964. He remained on active duty until 1968, serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He remained in the Army Reserve from 1975 until 1997, leaving the service as a Master Sergeant.

In 1969, Larry married Ruth Wolf in Gallatin, MO; they celebrated 44 years of married life until Ruth’s death on January 2, 2013.

He regularly attended the Wyatt Park Christian Church and was employed in the battery division of Johnson Control, as a tool crib attendant. In his down time, besides spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Besides his wife, Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Dale Spencer; granddaughter, Anna. He is survived by: sons Mark (Jean) and Michael (Laura) Donaldson and David (Leigh Anne) Poage; grandchildren Lorelei, Andrew (Elizabeth), Riley, Emma, Caleb, Josh; siblings Donald (Terryon), Zellma Spencer, Roger (Jayne), Joyce; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service 7:00PM Monday, March 11, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel with visitation from 4:00-6:30PM Monday evening at our chapel.


Larry Marrs
1935 – 2019

Larry Marrs, beloved child of Christ, 83, of Greeley, Colorado, formerly of St. Joseph, MO, passed away on March 3, 2019 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Larry was born to Lawrence and Vera Marrs on December 6, 1935 in Falls City, Nebraska.

Larry was born in Nebraska and was raised and grew up in Missouri. He met and married Charlotte Ruth Evans in 1959. The couple just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 25, 2019.
Larry attended Northwest Missouri State College where he received his bachelor’s degree, then continued his education at the University of Missouri and achieved his master’s degree. He taught in all three public high schools in St. Joseph, MO for 32 years before transferring to the St. Joseph Christian School for 10 years. He taught accounting and computers.

Larry had a servant’s heart and loved in a quiet way that had a lasting impact. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, and building. If the family had a project, he would be right there helping. He took an interest in photography and liked taking pictures of the outdoors and nature. In his later years, he spent his time recording the memories of his life and loved ones in videos that will be cherished for generations. He was the strength and rock of the family.

Larry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte; children, Lance Marrs and his wife, Annette, Larea Warden and her husband, Steve, 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, siblings, Jerry Marrs and his wife, Kathi, and Linda Alley and her husband, Ron. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and great granddaughter.

Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 5-7 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Larry’s name to either Compassion International ( or St. Joseph’s Pregnancy Resource Center.