Larry F. Speere, 76, Augusta formerly of Russell, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at Brookdale Senior Living Center, Wichita.

He was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Hays to Emmett and Domintilla “Tillie” Brungardt Speere. He was a graduate of Russell High School.

He married Shirley Kruger on July 11, 1964, in Everett, Wash. He worked for the Russell School District for many years in maintenance.

He was a U. S. Air Force veteran from 1961 to 1965 where he was active in a refueling unit.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, of the home; two sons, Lance Speere, Orlando, Fla., and Shawn Speere, Augusta; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Russell; burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Russell with military rites conducted by Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6240 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.

A vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to American Alzheimer’s Association in care of the mortuary.