TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] On Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, Larry Lee Way, 68, of Traverse City, was welcomed home into the arms of his Heavenly Father. He was born on May 17, 1951 at Osteopathic Hospital, of Traverse City, to Clyde and Margot (Gee) Way, of Williamsburg. He was the sixth out of his siblings.
He grew up in Williamsburg, attended school at Elk Rapids and graduated in 1969.
On Aug. 27, 2005 he married Toni Marlene Le’Mere in Rapid City at the original Way family homestead.
He is survived by his wife, Toni; son, Sean (Nicole); grandson, Hunter; sister, Myrna (Way) and John Dykhuis; brothers, George (Diana), Maurice “Mo” (Lynda), Marvin and Kenneth; stepson, Tom Peebles (Lou Howard); stepdaughter, Nicole “Nikki” (Chance) Evans; many nieces and nephews; as well as several step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gordon; nephews, Chris and Reece; his former wife, Bonnie L. Way; a close friend, Richard “Rick” A. Peebles; and many friends he made along the way on his journey in life.
Larry was a worker, employed at Hahnenberg Moving and Storage for 15 years, then became a cross country trucker for 28-plus years, working for various trucking companies hauling different products, including vehicles, cargo trailers and mail. He also worked for Egler Company in Williamsburg. Out of the 50 states, Larry trucked in 46 states (all except Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and Oregon) logging over six million miles.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, dancing, reading, swimming, motorcycles, flying, golfing, playing his keyboard, search-a-word puzzles and watching his favorite television shows, but what was most important to his heart was spending quality time with family and friends. His favorite restaurant was Big Boy for the food but especially for the coffee. He also had coffee with his buddies at McDonald’s in Kalkaska on Monday mornings. Larry was a very positive and upbeat person, no matter what.
Larry was a Christian who prayed every day. His favorite expressions were, “He/she is a good egg,” “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and my name is Larry Lee Way,” and most of all, “God’s always got my back.” He had a contagious laugh.
A celebration of life will take place at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City, on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Clifford Batterbee, of Mancelona, will officiate. A luncheon will follow at 1 p.m. at VFW Cherryland Post 2780 at 3400 Veterans Drive, Traverse City. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens on Veterans Drive in Traverse City.
The family suggests memorials be directed to your choice of charity.
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The family is being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

View Original NoticeWAY, Larry May 17, 1951 - Sep 6, 2019