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Curt Larrabee, 60, of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Munson Hospice House. Curt was born on Feb. 6, 1956 in Long Island, New York, to the late Richard and Jane (Hyde) Larrabee.
He graduated from Kings Park High School of Long Island in 1974.
After high school Curt moved out West to ski, and he eventually settled in southern Idaho. He met the love of his life, Janet Vial, and they were married on April 15, 1977 in Clawson. Their two children, Brian and Erin, were born in Idaho, and the family moved to Traverse City in 1987.
Curt had an amazing work ethic. He was a self employed flooring installer.
He loved the beach, sun and water. He knew all the best beaches to go to and never passed a body of water without jumping in. He enjoyed skiing and traveling.
He had a very spontaneous, outgoing and adventurous spirit. Curt never met a stranger he didn't like. He was truly a person who lived his life as his authentic self.
He was a family man. Spending time with his kids finding different ways to have fun was his greatest joy. Curt loved his three grandchildren and was looking forward to watching them grow. He said he had three reasons to keep fighting cancer even when it became hard.
Curt is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Janet; son, Brian (Jenny McKay) Larrabee; daughter, Erin (Andrew Brown) Larrabee; and three grandchildren, Benjamin Larrabee, Nora Larrabee and Emmy Brown. Also surviving are three brothers and two sisters, Rick (Pam) Larrabee, Bruce (Ellen) Larrabee, Scott (Deb) Larrabee, Kim (Bob Maietta) Larrabee and Wendy (Zvi Ginsberg) Ginsberg-Larrabee; as well as a stepmother, Carmen Larrabee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Larrabee and Jane LeMay; a brother, Keith Larrabee; as well as in-laws, Norm and Neta Vial; and a brother-in-law, Norm Vial Jr.
A memorial service honoring Curt will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to Munson Hospice House.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Curt's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on February 26, 2017
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