Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

 Larry Paul Stuart
Service: Private graveside service will take place with a celebration of life gathering to be held in the spring of 2023  
Cemetery: Fort Custer National Cemetery

Larry Paul Stuart passed away peacefully on Friday, December 9, 2022, at the age of 91, while surrounded by his loving family.   Larry was born on May 11, 1931, and was preceded in death by his parents, Theresa (Jousma) and Harold Stuart; stepmother, Maxine Stuart; siblings, Glenn, and Tom Stuart.  He will be remembered by his wife, Violet “Vi” Stuart; siblings, Jan Vanderwerp, and Craig Stuart; son, Terry and Michelle Stuart; daughter, Nicolle Stuart; brother-in-law, Dave Stuart; sister-in-law, Joni Stuart; stepchildren; Steve and Esther DeSmit, and Tracy DeSmit; grandchildren, Truman, Garrett and Meredith Stuart, Jackson and Parker Schwartz, and Brock (Kelly) DeSmit; and great-grandchild, Hazel DeSmit; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  After graduating from Union High School, Larry served his country in the United States Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. After an honorable discharge, Larry completed one year of college at Western Michigan University before returning home to help his father with the family business.  It was no secret how much he loved his family and the lengths he would go to in order to be there for those who needed him. Larry had a charismatic personality, contagious smile, and a zest for life that let him converse with many people over the years, which aligned nicely with much of his career spent in sales.   Larry had a passion for basketball and spent over thirty years of his life refereeing high school, college, and professional basketball. Over the years, Larry enjoyed coaching and attending his children’s sporting events, vacationing in northern Michigan, watching U of M football, being a sounding board for family, and of course his golf game. Larry was so loved and will be greatly missed, but we take solace in knowing his pain is gone, and he is at peace. With respect to Larry’s wishes, a private graveside interment, with military honors, will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The family will also host a celebration of life gathering in the spring of 2023. To send a message to the family, sign Larry’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:, or

1095 68TH ST SE
# Terry Bocian 2022-12-22 00:16
What a Prince of a guy. Knew Larry thru his years of officiating. He was respected for his effort as well as his demeanor. You could always discuss things with him.He was a great guy to be around regardless of the situation. RIP Larry

Terry Bocian/ AD Emeritus / Aquinas College
# Norm Leven 2022-12-19 15:19
I was fortunate to know Larry for the past 75 years, going back to our Union HS days. Larry, as well as his brothers Tom & Glenn we’re excellent athletes, especially golf. Larry was also a great organizer, especially basketball & golf. Larry came to me in the early 1960’s and said I should sponser an industrial basketball team. He put it together and they won many championships. Larry did a great job. Larry organized a golf group at the old Lincoln CC. Many golfers enjoyed the regular Friday events. Larry will be missed by all of us who had the good fortune of knowing him. May he rest in peace!!
# Stu Vander Werp 2022-12-18 23:04
Larry was a great guy. Easy and fun to be with. I took several winter vacations with Larry and Vi. It was always memorable. I always looked forward to the next time. recently visited with them in Byron Center. I’m thankful for that last visit..
# Rick DeKraker 2022-12-15 22:46
Played a fair amount of golf with Larry back in the 1990's. Always was excited when I saw we were playing together since he was such a great guy! Glad to see he lived such a long life - rest in peace Larry.
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