Mill City – Larry,
78, died at 5:01 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014 at home
surrounded by his wife, daughter and son-in-law. He was born
January 8, 1936 in Tuscola, Illinois, the son of Harold and
Ena (Hargis) Brackett. Larry
married Peggy R. Broadfield on October 27, 1957 in Coronado,
Surviving, are his
wife, Peggy Brackett of Mill City; one daughter, Teri (and
Keith) Butler, Sublimity, Oregon; two sons, Steven (and
Rhonda) Brackett of Hanna City, Illinois; and Michael K
Brackett, also of Hanna City, Illinois; one brother Myron W.
(and Pat) Brackett of Slidell, La.; one sister, Ketra Sheckler
of Marquette Heights, Il,; 7 grandchildren; and 10 great-granchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Byron,
and one sister, Sandra.
was born and raised in Illinois, graduating from Limestone
High School in Bartonville, Illinois. He joined the Marine
Corps. in 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, and was stationed in San
Diego, CA, Hawaii, and Camp Pendleton. Larry served during the
Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1962 and was proud
to be a Marine.
Larry and his wife
moved back to Illinois and raised a family after his
discharge. He worked and retired from Caterpillar. After
retirement, he moved to Oregon, which is where he stayed until
and donated regularly to charities he felt strongly about. You
would not know that talking with him, but he had a heart for
those less fortunate. He had a difficult childhood, and lived
at the Children's Home for part of his childhood, so
understood what it meant to be less fortunate.
He volunteered for
Evergreen Aviation, repairing and bringing back to life old,
military airplanes and equipment. He volunteered for Meals on
Wheels, was on the budget committee for Mill City Rural Fire
Protection and also was the president of Santiam Canyon Senior
Center. He also graduated from the Ford Foundation Community
Leadership Program. He truly believed in giving back to his
community. He was given the Honorable Service Medal from the
Veteran's Of Oregon in 2007 and was also named A Donor of the
Year in 2007 and 2008 from the Hospitalized Veteran's of
He donated money
regularly to charities and was given many certificates of
appreciation for those donations. To name some, but not all
were Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, National
Multiple Sclerosis, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Project HOPE,
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, St.
Joseph's Indian School, American Indian Relief Council, Marine
Toys for Tots.
He was a member of
the American Legion Post 159 of Mill City, until his health
would no longer allow him. He felt a real sense of pride in
America and felt it was all of our responsibilities to protect
America and be good citizens.
He was a good father
and loved his children. He sacrificed working at a job he did
not like, so that his family could have the things they
needed. He supported his children in all of their activities
and interests. They always knew he loved them.
Most importantly, he
was a Christian and believed we should follow Christ in our
actions and words. He regularly attended Mill City
Presbyterian Church. He would state that he sometimes
struggled to always act Christ-like, but he always gave his
best effort. He is now in heaven with our Heavenly Father in
no pain, and happy. He will continue to look down and watch
Dad you will be
greatly missed. We love you!
Celebration of Life
will be Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm at Mill City
Presbyterian Church in Mill City. Private interment was in
Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Memorials
may be made in lieu of flowers to Mill City Presbyterian
Church or Mill City Food Bank. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.