In Loving Memory …

Larry Gorrell

Larry Gene Gorrell, 78, of Sedalia, passed away Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.

He was born October 25th, 1940 in Sedalia, Mo, a son of George Hinton and Marthella Maxine (DeJarnett) Gorrell.  On September 12, 1959 he married Myrna Lou Case.

Larry attended Van Natta Elementary School until 7th grade, then Green Ridge School, graduating in 1958.  He was self-employed laying tile.  He also worked at Home Builders as a foreman setting pre-fab homes.  He was a project manager for Temple Callison, ACI, Septagon, and JE Dunn Construction.  He oversaw projects on Broderick & Bascom, Hayes Wheels, Bothwell Hospital, Whiteman Air Force Base, and the Matthewson Exhibition Center.  He completed projects on churches, stores, and various other projects.

Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also had many other hobbies including building furniture, taxidermy, leather work, laying rock and brick, and clocks.  He designed and completed Kinderville at Skyline Elementary.

He belonged to Sedalia Rod & Gun Club, Sedalia Bass Fishing Club, Sedalia Khoury League Board, Sedalia Building Committee, and Sedalia Men’s Bowling Association.  Larry liked attending ballgames of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed videotaping games.  He and his wife were FFA Chapter Sweethearts and yearbook King and Queen.

Survivors include his wife Myrna, of 59 years, two daughters Delona Deane Potter (Jeff) & Darcia Diane Koetting (Jeff); grandchildren Quinten Koetting (Krista), Eric Potter (Erin), Carleigh Williams (Robert), Lindsey Potter, Coulten Koetting and Courtney Koetting.  Great grandchildren Parker Williams, Oliver Potter, Jocie Williams and Penny Potter.  Sister-in-laws Janet Shelledy and Jami Schroeder; brother-in-law James Earl Case, Jr (Kelly); Aunt Betty and Uncle Bill Pettit, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Larry was proceeded in death by his parents, sister Bonnie (Gorrell) Utt, and brother George H. Gorrell, Jr.; nephew Jeffrey Utt; and sister-in-law, Anna Catherine Manual.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019; at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Quinten Koetting, Eric Potter, Coulten Koetting, Chris Gorrell, Perry Gorrell, and Troy Gorrell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Virgil and Judy Kurtz, Jim and Linda Reid, Ellis and Marian Tilman, Ron and Donna Bleekert, Vera Bowline, Jeff Koetting, and Jeff Potter.

Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until the service time on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Broadway Presbyterian Church Preschool, Yes Yes for Sedalia for the Heckart Community Center, Green Ridge Scholarship Fund or Williams Syndrome Association and may be left in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Darcia & Family,

    My deepest condolences during this time of loss.

  2. bill and Shirley Neff

    Prayers for the entire family—Myrna, keep that head up! Love you guys

  3. Larry was a great friend in Sedalia and then later one of our lake friends.
    He was active in our volunteer fire dept at the lake. Also he was active in our church at the lake. my children went to school with Delona and Darcia.
    He will be missed a great deal.
    Prayers are with you all.

  4. Penny (Fischer) Graves

    I was so sorry and sad to hear about uncle
    Larry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Ronda Weir Barklage

    My prayers are with you Myrna, Delona , Darcia and your families. Larry was a sweetheart. He will be missed by many.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all. May you find peace in Gods love.

  7. debbie osterloh

    I am so very sorry to hear about Larry. Dad will miss him so much. He enjoyed his phone calls so much. It just made his day.Dad always told me about there chats. We talked the other day about old memories and they had so much fun growing up and i shared some of mine with him. Larry will be missed so much by so many. You all are in our thoughts and prays. Dad said Larry is with his mom and dad now-and that brought him some peace. We love you all so much.

  8. Ed & Norma Taylor

    Larry was a wonderful person. We enjoyed the fish fry dinners with him, Myrna, Vera and Don Bowline at the lake. Always such a good time. We know that he and Don are setting on the bank of a river in Heaven fishing and talking about old times. May God Bless and give comfort to his family.

  9. Sheri Rabourn

    So very sorry for you loss he will be missed by many. God bless.this family in time of need.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss! Myrna and Larry were definitely love birds and always there when someone was in need. Larry will be missed by many but always live through the many memories others have of him. My God give the family peace. Sending prayers and hugs! Love to all!

  11. Kelly McDowell sims

    I am so sorry for your loss. We had alot of good times growing up. Larry always the chauffeur with giggling girls in the back of the van.

  12. Myrna and family so sorry to hear about Larry, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Cheryl Schuber

    The mryn and family. I loved when I came over to cut your hair and listen to you and Larry talk about work and life in general. We always came to kids, grandkids, and great grandchildren!!! So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers

  14. Myrna, sending my condolences

  15. Carolyn &Don Barbour

    Myrna and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.

  16. Cindy Fromholtz Swarner

    I’m so very sorry. After losing my dad I know how hard it can be.

  17. Myrna, so sorry to hear about Larry. You all have had a wonderful life and so many memories to hold on too. Take care of yourself.

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