Larry Edward McCoy passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. He was born December 13, 1939 to Edward and Margaret (Roberts) McCoy in Danville. Larry is survived by his wife Nancy (Van Tuyle) McCoy; sons Larry and Scott; grandchildren Brittany McCoy, Zachery McCoy, Emily McCoy and Lindsay (Will) Brady; great granddaughter McKenzie Butler; nephew Jack (Debbie) Estes; niece Nancy Combest; and Emily and Lindsay’s mother Tisha Fox.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, sister Norma Estes, niece Linda Estes, nephew Gary Estes, and a great niece Susan English.
Larry worked at his dad’s Sinclair gas station on Madison Square when he was young. He loved to reminisce about those days and how hard his dad worked, and was sad when the station was torn down. When he was in high school, Larry began working part time as a clerk on the Wabash Railroad, a job he continued through college. After graduating from college, he was hired as an inside salesman at ESCO corporation. That was the beginning of a forty year career as an outside salesman and later as Danville Manager.
Larry was an athlete at Danville High School, playing basketball and football. He was especially proud of being football captain his senior year. After high school he attended Lake Forest College on a football scholarship and graduated with a business degree.
Most of all, Larry was a generous man who never wanted to be anywhere but with his family. He was referred to as Big Larry by family and friends to distinguish the difference between him and his son. Big Larry will always be remembered as a big-hearted and loving man. He was devoted to his wife Nancy, whom he met in freshman algebra class at Danville High. He drove across the country to attend dance recitals, competitions, graduations, and anything else involving his grandchildren. He loved to tell jokes and had developed a repertoire during his years as a salesman.
Love is the greatest gift that one generation can leave another. His family knew they were loved, and his family undoubtedly loved him.
Services will be at Noon on Tuesday, April 26th at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1930 N. Borman Ave. with Pastor James Yonkers officiating. Visitation will be from 11am-Noon that morning at the church. Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.KrugerCoanPape.com, or on the Kruger Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
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