Lawrence B. “Larry” Schoettmer, 88, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. He was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Webster City, Iowa, to Bernard and Anna (Miller) Schoettmer.
He married Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer on April 6, 1947, at First Christian Church in Greensburg and she survives. He attended and graduated from Decatur County Schools. He served in the United States Marine Corps from Nov. 24, 1943, to May 29, 1946, serving in the South Pacific Theater during World War II in the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa.
Larry started his career in automobile sales with Kocker Ford in Greensburg, from 1946 to 1959, later with Mahan Ford in Columbus from 1959 to 1976, and then as owner of Larry Schoettmer Ford in Edinburgh from 1976 to 1987. He later became associated with Matlock Ford and Mercury in Franklin from 1987 before retiring in 2007. He was a Ford automobile sales representative for fifty years.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus, where he had been a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, Deacon, Elder, and Trustee. He was past president of Meridian Kiwanis Club in Columbus, former member of Harrison Lakes Country in Columbus and a member of Hillview Country Club in Franklin.
He was a fifty year Masonic member belonging to both the Greensburg Masonic Lodge #36 and Devol Lodge #766 at the Indiana Masonic Home, the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Franklin Order of the Eastern Star #439 and Ransford Order of the Eastern Star #605. He enjoyed gardening and especially raising roses and tomatoes.
Survivors include his wife, Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer of Franklin; two daughters, Mary Katherine “Kay” (David) Rodgers of Franklin and Dr. Nancy Louise (Kurt) Mussler of Rensselaer; six grandchildren, Anya (Clay) McConnell of Franklin, Kyle (Katie) Rogers of Whiteland, Afton Ault of Whiteland, Aaron Rogers of Franklin, Bryan Bayly of Muncie, and Tyler Bayly of Indianapolis; two sisters, Ina Marie Ray of Clermont and Marjorie Ferris of Indianapolis.