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Larry J. Augustine, age 61, of Neosho, Mo., went to be with the Lord on August 5, 2017, at Overland Park, Kan., following an illness. Larry was born August 6, 1955, in Hays, Kan., the son of Clarence and Matilda (Sanders) Augustine.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving 1974-1977 and was stationed in San Diego, Calif. During his service time, he was involved in evacuations from Vietnam.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he earned bachelor degrees in psychology and education from MSSU. He also earned a master's degree in education from MSU. He also played college baseball and was a former semi-pro baseball player. He taught middle school for the Diamond School District and following his retirement from education, was a realtor at Show Me Real Estate. He enjoyed fishing, serving others and loved spending time with his family. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, in Neosho.
Larry and Tina (Vinson) were married on July 31, 1993. She survives.
Additional survivors include four children, Charity Hootman and husband, Matt, of Austin, Texas, Casie Ouren and husband, Matt, of Joplin, Blake Augustine and Zach Workman, of the home; his stepfather, Gene Kippes and wife, Neyla; one brother, Ron Augustine and wife, Deb, of Hays, Kan.; and three grandchildren, Trevyn, Grace and Joe. He is preceded in death by his mother and father.
Funeral services for Larry will be held on Wednesday, August 9, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Neosho, Dr. Todd Decker will officiate. Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery, south of Neosho. The family will receive friends at a time of visitation Wednesday prior to the service from 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clark Funeral Home for a memorial scholarship to be established in memory of Larry, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 8, 2017
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