Larry Leon Alley, 72, passed away on January 29, 2018. Visitation: February 5 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the McGilley & Frye Funeral Home with services starting at 10:30 a.m. Burial: Olathe Memorial Cemetery.
Larry is survived by his wife, Dana L. Alley (Peeples) of Olathe, Kansas; son, James C. Alley & wife Marisa G. of Shoreline, Washington; daughter, Deborah L. Auld (Alley) & husband Peter John, and granddaughter, Eloise R. Auld of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Donna Bradley (Alley) of Olathe, Kansas; several nieces & nephews; and many, many friends.
Larry is predeceased by his parents, John & Ruth Alley; and brothers, Cyril, Kenneth, Harold, and Glenn.
"Hi, I''m Larry, this is my brother Daryl and this is my other brother Daryl." Larry was born January 20, 1946, and well, he did have many brothers, but none were actually named Daryl. However, that did not keep some of his family members from kidding him about this line from the Bob Newhart Show. After all, Larry was a kidder and he was darned good at it, too, so we all had to have something to bring to the table, right??? Of course, there was likely an ornery reply with that special twinkle in his eye, followed by his amazing infectious laugh! Oh, yeah, anyone that knew Larry Alley knows exactly what I''m talking about!!!
Dana Peeples and Larry Alley were high school sweethearts. After both graduated from high school, the two were married. Larry did work in construction, and eventually went to school for certification as a plumber. Dana and Larry later started a family raising two wonderful children, James and Deborah. Larry was a great and devoted husband to Dana, as well as a great and devoted father to his children, and was always there to participate in his children''s lives: Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, soccer, fishing, and numerous school functions; you name it, and Larry would be there. He loved the outdoors. Then, about five years ago, a granddaughter named Eloise, a/k/a Ellie, came into his life. When Ellie was born, you could see Larry beaming from miles away with the pride he felt in having this little beauty in his life. No doubt the wheels began spinning all over again anticipating all the fun he was planning to have with her. Larry was not only a devoted husband and father, but a wonderful in-law to Dana''s family. He was accepted by Dana''s family as one of their own. Additionally, Larry always took the time to attend any other family get-togethers; holidays, birthdays, whatever the occasion may be…you name it, Larry''s presence was there.
Larry was an accomplished Master Plumber all of his adult life, of which over 20 of those years he had his own plumbing business. Larry did the plumbing and Dana took care of the books…a great business team, if you ask me. Larry also loved woodworking, cooking outdoors, gardening and doing many other things to keep him busy. He was a great craftsman, grilled amazing meals (loved that asparagus) and could grow just about anything in his garden…well, as long as he could keep the deer and other critters away. Larry also had a very large blackberry bush, of which a rather welcomed visitor would arrive every year when the vines were ripe; a turtle with a purple-stained beak. Whenever his granddaughter, Ellie, came to visit, she could often be found following her grandpa to the garden for a fresh picking of berries and any vegetables and fruits that may have ripened that day…quite a pair, those two.
All kidding aside ~~ Larry moved on from his life on earth, with his family by his side, on January 29, 2018. Larry touched many lives and anyone should consider themselves privileged and blessed if they were one of these many individuals. Larry, we love you, and your presence will be dearly missed for years to come. We are all forever grateful that you came into our lives, and brightened our world, and you will be in our hearts and minds forever!