Larry Patrick Waters, 83, died on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 24, from 3 to
7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. A 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will begin Friday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial with full military rites will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City.
He was born (at home) on June 30, 1934, to Harold and Frances (Bailiff) Waters. Although traveling was difficult back then, extended family came from all over to meet the new baby on July 4, 1934. Larry
attended Corning High School, where he was vice president of his class and played football for four years. He graduated in
1952 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1953. He served on the USS
Midway and the USS Oriskany. He was honorably discharged in December of 1956 as an Aviation Boatswain's Mate, 2nd Class (AVB2).
Larry then enrolled at the University of Iowa. He took a job at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, where he met and fell in love with a redheaded nurse by the name of Jeanette Hoffman, whom he married on Aug. 1, 1959. In 1962, Larry began a lifelong career in the real estate business with his father-in-law, Leal B. Hoffman. In 2013, he received the award of Realtor Emeritus from the National Association of Realtors. He remained active in real estate, managing Hoffman-Waters Realtors and The L&M Mighty Shop, until his final retirement at the age of 82 years old.
Larry was always exercise-conscious. He liked golfing, jogging and playing racquetball at the University of Iowa. He so enjoyed playing racquetball that he later built his own private court for his home. In 1998, Larry accomplished one of his lifelong goals by riding across the state of Iowa on RAGBRAI. He and Jeanette regularly attended and were avid boosters for many of the University of Iowa sporting events. Over the last few years they spent winters in Texas, where they enjoyed playing golf with his brother, Charles.
He was past president of the Iowa City Jaycees and spent many hours volunteering for their events, including the 4th of July celebrations. He was past president of both the Regina School Board and the Regina Booster Club, as well as a 4th-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Larry belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church, BPO Elks Club and the University of Iowa Foundation.
In 1999, he and Jeanette established the Larry and Jeanette Waters Scholarship Fund for freshman students attending the University of Iowa. Larry was honored to help others pursue their educational goals, including his children and grandchildren.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the combined efforts of Dr. Vogelgesang, Dr. Alan Moy and Dr. Fred Ovrum for keeping him alive for as long as medically possible and for the care he received at the Iowa City Hospice Bird House.
Larry is survived by his wife, Jeanette Waters; children, Barbara Doling, Alan (Brenda Bell) Waters and Steve (Carolyn) Waters; seven grandchildren, Mike Doling, Kelli (Andy) Katzman, Alissa (Adam Parker) Doling, Ashlee Waters, Lily Bell-Waters, Brandon Waters and Lindsey Waters; his stepgranddaughter, Kathryn Bohlen; his two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Lexi Katzman; and his brother, Tom (Karna) Waters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Waters and Frances (Frank) Allen; his son-in-law, Terry Doling; and his siblings, Mary Jean (Bill) Cullen, Leo Waters and Charles Waters.
To honor Larry, memorial donations may be made to the University of Iowa Foundation, the Knights of Columbus, Iowa City Hospice or St. Mary's Church of Iowa City, Iowa.