TRAVERSE CITY — Larry William Kughn, 69, of Traverse City, passed away at Munson Medical Center on Jan. 7, 2013. He was born on June 15, 1943, in Reed City, to Chester and Irene (Belcher) Kughn, who preceded him in death.
Larry graduated from Standish-Sterling High School, where he played football.
He made his living as part of the legacy left by his father and grandfather, working in the oil and gas industry. He was talented and knowledgeable in every aspect of the job from beginning to end.
Larry had a passion for racing from a young age and began excelling as a driver of open wheel and sprint cars. He was an avid NASCAR fan, attending or watching a race whenever he could. He was an experienced airplane pilot and an avid marksman, shooting with many friends in Michigan and Florida. Larry loved the outdoors and enjoyed long trips on his motorcycle. He loved to cook and made many memorable meals for family and friends.
Larry had the ability and know-how to solve most any mechanical issue and could create, correct or fix almost anything. Larry was a kind and loving brother, uncle and friend. His fun-loving nature, quick wit and love of life will be remembered by all those fortunate enough to know him.
Larry is survived by his partner and significant other, Peggy Snowday; his sister, Carol (Jim) Goodroe, of Mt. Morris; his brother, David (Linda) Kughn, of Jackson; niece, Kellie Goodroe; nephews, Gary (Sharon) Kughn, of Grand Blanc, and Greg (Karla) Kughn, of Horton; one great-niece; three great-nephews; as well as many wonderful friends.
Besides his parents, Larry was preceded in death by one nephew, Kevin Goodroe.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Private family services have taken place, and a time of remembrance will be held in the summer.
The family would like to thank the medical staff on the fourth floor at Munson Medical Center for the special care they provided Larry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.