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Larry D. Wichman

January 4, 2019

http://St. Marys—Larry “Butch” Wichman, 78, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.
He was born October 1, 1940 at Blue Rapids, the son of Wayne H. and Bette C. Keefover Wichman. He graduated from Blue Rapids High School. He received an Associate Degree from Chanute Community College where he played basketball. He attended Washburn University on a basketball scholarship. Larry served in the Kansas Army National Guard and was called to active duty for one year.
Larry worked 34 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka. He also farmed in the Emmett community. He was an active member of the Emmett United Methodist Church. Larry enjoyed stock car racing, it was a family affair as his brother Jerre and son, Todd raced, also.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sandy and brothers, Dick & Kim.
On July 9, 1961 he was united in marriage to Sylvia “Sue” Mauck in Silver Lake. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his children, Teresa (Pat) Commerford, David (Shelley) Wichman and Todd (Tami) Wichman; brother, Jerre (Billie) Wichman; grandchildren, Lacey Hadsall, Cody (Courtney) Hadsall, Simon Commerford, Krystal (Phil) Brunin, Kasey (Macee) Wichman, Brookann Wichman, Bailey Wichman and Mavrick (Paige) Frerking; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys. Mr. Wichman will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday, January 7, 2019 at Piper Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emmett or St. Marys United Methodist Church.

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27 thoughts on “Larry D. Wichman

  1. Sue, Dave & Family ,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Larry. Please accept our deepest condolences. May He Rest In Peace & God Spy……

  2. Justine and I are so sorry for your loss. Butch was a great man and he was like a brother to my Grandpa Gene. Sue, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this tough time.

  3. It was so good to see you at the banquet last year.You were the best ee Dad ever had at McKee IGA in Blue Rapids.Our love to Sue and the family.

  4. Butch was my Dad’s favorite ee in our grocery store in the 50″s in Blue Rapids, very loyal and hardworking. It was good to see him at the BRHS banquet last year.He will be greatly missed by all. Your friends Jerry and Rosie McKee

  5. Our sympathy is with you t your loss. Ken and Carol Wichman.
    I remember Butch as you older brother idol. He s the good athlete, drove the fans black ford convertible, always had a smile, and seemed to know everyone. If I had an older brother that is what I wanted.

  6. Our thoughts ,love and prayers go out to Sue and the family at this time. Larry was a good friend and a fellow Goodyear worker. He was a hard worker and always ready to help. He will be missed. Goodbye ole friend. God bless you all. .

  7. I send my deepest sympathy to Sue and family. Larry had a million dollar smile. He will be deeply missed. May you feel Gods presence and receive his peace, acceptance and comfort as you move forward without this dear man. Sincerely, Charlotte Kling

  8. Dear Wichman Family,

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the support of those around you helps in this your time off mourning.

  9. So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
    Dave and Cindy Stover

  10. Dear Wichman family,
    We are so sorry to read of Larry’s passing. May God give you Grace to carry on.
    Love in Christ,
    Joe & Pauline Conley

  11. What a kind and gentle man I got to know at the race track. If everyone was only as kind and gentle is this man what a different world we would live in. I will miss your soft words and peaceful attitude. Rest In peace brother . So glad to have known you. Kelly & Sharon Johnson

  12. I have wonderful memories of growing up with Butch -building hideouts behind the big billboard next to his house, climbing to the tops of sapling trees and “riding” them back and forth, making speed runs to Frankfort in his 49 Ford, playing football at BRHS (one time he came back to the huddle with a handful of someone’s hair), and on and on. It was good to see him last May at the BRHS banquet festivities. I miss him. I send my deepest condolences to Sue and family.

  13. So sad to hear of Larry’s passing. He was such a hardworking and caring man. He did a lot for the community and church. He will be greatly missed; especially his wonderful smile.

  14. I remember many times going to the (standing room only) Blue Rapids gym to see his team play basketball. Butch also coached our Pony League baseball team.

    We got to see him again at the 2018 BR Alumni Banquet.

    Sorry to hear about his passing.

  15. He will be greatly missed by our family. He was such an awesome man. Sue, Tammi, Todd, and Dave you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. A caring, community minded man who will be missed by all. Our sympathy goes out to the family. May you rest in peace, Larry.

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