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Larry Patrick Waters
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Obituary for Larry Patrick Waters

Larry Patrick Waters, 83, died on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 24th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Knights of Columbus Rosary will recited at 7:00 pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin Friday, May 25th at 2:00 pm 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 4th, 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 US 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 and Clinics where he met and fell in love with a red-headed nurse, by the name of Jeanette Hoffman, whom he married on August 1, 1959. In 1962, Larry began a life-long 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-conscience. He liked playing golf, jogging, and 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 life-long 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, Steve (Carolyn) Waters, as well as his seven grandchildren: Mike Doling, Kelli (Andy) Katzman, Alissa (Adam Parker) Doling, Ashlee Waters, Lily Bell-Waters, Brandon Waters, Lindsey Waters, his step-granddaughter: Kathryn Bohlen and his two great grandchildren: Olivia and Lexi Katzman. He is also survived by his brother Tom (Karna) Waters.
He is preceded in death by his parents Harold Waters, 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.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

24

May

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Service

Friday

25

May

2:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Iowa City

228 E. Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52240


Memorial Contribution

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

University of Iowa Foundation:

P.O. Box 4550
Iowa City, Iowa 52245
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