Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club
2017 Death Notices cont.
Lawrence Marvin Weathers was born on October 1, 1932 to young parents, Marvin
Whorton Weathers and Mildred Anna Chapman. The family home at 15308 Linnhurst in
Detroit was shared with younger sister, Lynne, and often other family in need of support
through the Depression years. His family taught him, by example, how to care for others,
work hard, love what you do, and enjoy the people around you. Larry learned these
lessons well and added his own brand of love, compassion, and humor to the Weathers
At age 14, Larry became aware of "the girl next door"; actually, around the corner and
down the street. It was a meeting of strong wills, at first encounter, that later would
develop into a beautiful bond of enduring love and faithfulness. Larry graduated from
Denby High School and briefly worked for his father at Houston Garage before entering the
University of Detroit in the field of Engineering. After completing two years of study Larry
chose to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Ft. Sill, OK; an Artillery
Surveillance Specialist at the rank of Private First Class and later transferred to the Army
Reserves. After graduating from U of D in 1957 Larry worked for Holly Carburetor while
waiting for a position to open at General Motors Corporation.
On November 8, 1958, Marilyn Christine Ernst made Larry the happiest man alive as they
were married at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Detroit. In their nearly 60 years
together they poured their love into their three daughters, Julie (Eric) Pieper, Jane (Dennis)
Favret, and Jennifer (Thomas) Reuter. He is the beloved Papa to his grandchildren;
Nicholas (Danielle) Favret, Jason (Ada) Pieper, Kristen (Eric) Paauwe, Jeff Pieper,
Zachary Reuter, and Jacob Reuter; and soon to be 7 greatgrandchildren. He taught us all
the love of God and country, the importance of faith, family and friends, that to live is to
serve others, and so much more…. (Measure twice, cut once!)
Larry enjoyed his long career with General Motors designing and testing engines at the
Chevrolet Engineering Center in Warren until 1987. The family waited many dinners for
Larry to give every moment needed to listen to coworkers and add value to the product
and to their lives. During the 28 years the family lived in Warren, at 32073 Wellston, Larry
and Marilyn made many dear friends. Oh, the parties!!! The neighborhood family ski trips
to Crystal Mountain, Marriage Encounter weekends, golfing, and more parties… They
continued their entertaining life style in Washington, MI, making more friends on the 9th tee
of the Orchards for 22 more years; Larry regularly helping to care for and repair the
sprinkler system of the condo association. At SS. John and Paul Catholic Church Larry and
Marilyn have been involved in RCIA, Grace gatherings, seasonal decorating of the church,
the Special Needs activities, and their very personal ministry of Greeter and Hugger.
Larry was known for his positive attitude toward all of life. He battled many serious health
issues over the last 30+ years with a strong drive, not just to survive, but to really live. He
loved life and all of you who shared yours with him. He really didn't want to go just yet.
Larry leaves many loving memories in the hearts of his sister, Lynne, and Gerald
Boeberitz; his sister-in-law, Virginia Ernst; his brother-in law, Thomas, and Mae Ernst;
cousin, Robert, and Mary Weathers; cousin-in-law Bernard Nagel; many nieces, nephews,
and dearest of friends. May those he loved that have gone before him: parents; brothers-in-
law Carl William Ernst and James Ernst; and cousin-in-law, Betty Nagel; be with him.
After living life to the fullest, on July 15, 2017, Larry departed in peace to meet Jesus, his
Lord, with Marilyn holding his hand and his girls at his side.
"Into Your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend Your servant, Larry, a sheep of Your
own fold, a lamb of Your own flock, a sinner of Your own redeeming. Receive him into the
arms of Your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious
company of the saints in light. Amen."
You are invited to celebrate his eternal victory in Christ: Family visitation beginning at 10:00
a.m. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. to be held at SS. John and Paul Catholic Church
(7777 28 Mile Rd., Washington, MI 48094) on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Internment service
with honors will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery (4200 Belford Rd., Holly, MI
48442) on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. The family suggests memorials be made to
the Capuchins (1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207).
Please share a memory at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
From Renee Knight:
I have some very bad news, Max passed away on June 29th!
She had broken her hip and she had to have surgery. The surgery was a success, but
they then discovered that she had a blood clot on her lungs and even though they were
treating her for that, she just could not get enough oxygen into her lungs. Her son, Craig
(Thumper), came down several times from Pennsylvania and she told him that she wanted
to go into hospice. He put her in hospice and she passed away 20 hours later. Max died
at 4:30 in the morning and the nurse told Craig that she wasn't in any pain, and that she
Max did not want a funeral, so Craig did not have one!
EVELYN MARIE September 14, 2017 Age 74. Beloved wife of Joseph for 53 years.
Loving mother of Robert (Lori), Leanne Eastman (Ken), Kristin Escote (Reynaldo), and
Carol Moore (Jason). Cherished grandmother of Sarah, Megan, Elena, Brendan, Madison,
Evan, Presley, Brayden, Thomas and Finley. Sister of the late Jessie Wertanen (Lenore),
Harry Wertanen (the late Patricia), and Joanne Jones (the late Frank). Also survived by
many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive friends Sunday 1-8p.m. with
Remembrance service at 6:30p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks
Road (between Maple & Big Beaver) 248-362-2500. Funeral Mass Monday 9:30a.m. at
St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy. Visitation at church begins at 9a.m.
I received a phone call this afternoon from Mary Decook (Florida) advising me that Rich
Decook died this morning (Monday November 27,2017). He will be cremated and a
memorial service will he held at a later date. Rich was dealing with prostate cancer which
metastasized to his kidneys and he suffered renal failure.
Lou was born on September, 6, 1930 in Detroit to immigrant parents, Alois and Justine Ilg.
He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1948 with honors in their drafting
program. He met Kay when he was just 16 and they dated on and off throughout high
school and were engaged in June, 1951. They married on February 2, 1952, right before
Lou was drafted to serve in the Korean War.
After serving two years, Lou returned to Detroit and his work at Chevrolet as a detailer.
Lou and Kay started a family shortly thereafter and raised three girls in their family home of
39 years on Headley in Sterling Heights.
Lou enjoyed many years at Chevrolet with great friends and opportunities and ended his
career as a Design Manager, retiring on June 1, 1987. Lou and Kay loved to golf and spent
a lot of their retirement years on Linksview Way in Sugar Springs at their second home on
the 8th fairway.
Lou also loved his growing family. He was grandpa to Carly, Freddy, Jimmy, Lia, Nicole,
Kevin, Mark, Drew and Ally. He was great grandpa to Alexis, Brionna, Calyssa and Cru. He
loved supporting each and everyone of them, attending sporting events, cheerleading
competitions, dance recitals and school plays. He was a mentor and friend and fostered
unique relationships with each one of them.
Lou and Kay celebrated 65 years of marriage this year and Lou celebrated 30 years of
retirement. He will be dearly missed by all.
Family will receive friends Friday 3-8p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home (Price
Chapel), 3725 Rochester Road (between Big Beaver and Wattles) 248-689-0700.
Funeral Mass Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 44633 Utica Road, Utica.
Visitation at church begins at 9:30 a.m.
Memorial tributes to Leukemia Lymphoma Society.