Larry Dean Shanks
February 22, 1953 - March 26, 2009
Larry Dean Shanks, of Rolla, Missouri, departed this life on March 26, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri at the age of 56. He was born on February 22, 1953 in Rolla, Missouri to Edward Shanks and Helen (Shivers) Shanks. His father, Edward Shanks of Rolla, Missouri, preceded Larry in death. He will be sadly missed by his surviving family which includes his mother, Helen (Shivers) Shanks of Rolla, Missouri; one sister, Betty Ingram and husband, Richard of Edgar Springs, Missouri; one niece, Carrie Gilbert and future husband, Jason Hall of Ohio; two great-nieces, Star and Katie; one great-nephew, Carson all of Ohio; two step-nephews, James and David Ingram of Rolla, Missouri; close friend, Calvin Becklenberg, whom Larry looked up to as a father, and many extended family and friends. Larry was full of life. He spent his time with church, friends, family and playing Bingo wherever he could. He also loved watching and listening to the Cardinals baseball with Calvin. Larry was an avid sports fan. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2025 of Rolla, Missouri. Larry was never selfish and always helping or giving to someone. Larry will be dearly missed but never forgotten by all who knew and loved him! A funeral service for Larry D. Shanks will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla. Rev. Leroy Nixon and Kenneth Campbell will officiate. Interment will follow at the Roach Cemetery in Doolittle, Missouri. A visitation will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be offered at All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.



Oh Yeah Baby! We are sure gonna miss you Larry. Christmas will never be the same without you playing Santa for the kids. Our post has lost not only a life member but a life long friend as well.


I worked in the ER for several years and had the pleasure of taking care of Larry a time or two. He was a wonderful, caring and happy man. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by many!

Joan and John Hall

Our deepest sympathy to the family especially Carrie, Jason, Star, Katie and Carson. We didn't get a chance to meet Larry but heard so many good things about him through Carrie. Our love to you.

Cheryl Peters Jones, Springfield, MO

Dear family and friends of Larry, I would like to express my sympathy for your loss of a dear family member. Larry was in my graduating class and was also in some of my Sunday school classes at First Christian Church. He was always happy and generous with everyone and never seemed to get mad at anyone or anything. He wanted to be friends with everyone and he loved attending school events. When I graduated, I became a teacher of students with special needs and taught them for 25 years before I retired in 2003. They will always have a special place in my heart and it was Larry that helped inspire me to become a teacher. He will be missed by his fellow students in the class of 1972. God bless Larry and all of his family and friends. He will have many friends in Heaven. Sincerely, Cheryl (Peters) Jones Former Student Body President Rolla Senior High School Class of 1972

Rose and Bill

Helen,Betty and Richard Sorry to hear about Larry. He was a great person. You guys are in our hearts and prays. He will be greatly missed by everyone that ever came in touch with.

Seevers Family

It's always hard to say the right thing. Mrs. Shanks, Betty-you know my thoughts are with you. Larry was a very special guy. He will be missed by many. Mike & Denise Seevers

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