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Larry K. Brackett
January 8, 1936 December 4, 2014

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, California.

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.

Larry 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 his death.

Larry volunteered 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 America.

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 over us.

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.
 


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