Larry Kelvin Andringa


Larry Kelvin Andringa, 82, passed away at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. His passing was peaceful after six days spent with family and friends who were thankful for the opportunity to tell him how much he was loved and how grateful they were for his presence in their lives.
Larry was born to Charles Franklin and Helen Lorena (Bisbee) Andringa on Jan. 4, 1937 in Grand Rapids. He grew up in a loving family in Wayland, the eldest of four brothers.
He graduated from Wayland High School in 1955 and Albion College in 1959.
While at Albion, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, where he developed lifelong friends. These bonds of friendship, through decades of ups and downs, endured until his passing.
At Albion, Larry recognized his calling to help others live their best and fullest lives. He received a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Wayne State University. He went to work for Michigan Rehabilitation Services prior to receiving his master's degree and continued to work for the agency for 33 years. He retired as the area administrator for the Northwest region, including 33 counties in the Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.
Larry was a loving father to his two children, Kip and Jill, and they shared countless fun times together.
In 1987 He married Sharon A. Tipton. Larry and Sharon had 32 years together, filled with love, laughter and many adventures with family and dear friends.
No one has ever enjoyed retirement more than Larry. Sharon and Larry traveled extensively and enjoyed wondrous winters in southern California and glorious summers in Traverse City. Larry volunteered at the Traverse City Visitor Center and Convention Bureau for over 20 years, where he shared his love and knowledge of Traverse City.
Larry was a most loyal and faithful friend. He was kind, patient and thoughtful. He did love to talk. He enjoyed creating golfing groups among his friends, both in California and Michigan. He loved nothing more than a day of golf, followed by wine, conversation and dinner with friends.
Larry is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Kip (Jana); daughter, Jill; brothers, Robert (Susan) and Rex (Beth); sister-in-law, Sandy Andringa; brothers-in-law, William (JoAnn) Tipton and Ken Tipton; grandchildren, Dylan (Lauren) Shearer and Ashley Andringa; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gordon.
A celebration of Larry's life will take place on Sept. 7 in Traverse City.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Munson Hospice House for the compassionate and professional care Larry and the entire family received during his final illness.
In remembrance of Larry, memorials may be directed to the Munson Hospice House, c/o Munson Healthcare Foundation, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684 or the charity of one's choice.
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6 posts

Rae Retzloff
Jul 06, 2019
I was so lucky to have worked with Larry for many years. He was a kind, gentle, generous man. He had such a wonderful retirement and enjoyed every moment of it. My love to Sharon and the family.
Tracey C. Towner
Jul 06, 2019
I am so sorry to have learned late of Larry's passing,... he married a friend, a wonderful person, and made her life happier, and I felt like he too was a friend. They seemed so right for each other. Sharon learned to golf, and Larry learned the gift of love and laughter. They spent many full years together, gathering friends along the way as an extension of their magnetic personalities. All my condolences to Sharon, and to the extended family. Larry was special, and I know how much you must be missing him.
Susie Sedell
Jul 03, 2019
Sharon I worked for you at MRS
My condolences to you and your family. It sounds like you and Larry had a “Wonderful Life”
God Bless
Lee Anne Harmon
Jul 03, 2019
Sharon and family, so very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We worked together for many years at MRS. I’m glad he had such a wonderful retirement, and that great memories were made.

May he Rest In Peace.
Lee Anne
Ellen Corey
Jul 02, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Larry,s family. He was enjoyable to work with as a member of the rehab family. It was good to hear that Larry and Sharon had many good years in retirement.
Susan Odgers
Jul 01, 2019
Thinking of Sharon and all of Larry’s family and friends.
Peace and love,
Susan Odgers