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Obituary: Lawrence Schoettmer, Franklin

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Lawrence B. “Larry” Schoettmer, 88, of Franklin,  passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

He was born October 9, 1925 in Webster City, Iowa to Bernard and Anna (Miller) Schoettmer. He married Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer on April 6, 1947 at First Christian Church in Greensburg. She survives.

He attended and graduated from Decatur County Schools. He served in the United States Marine Corps from November 24, 1943 to May 29, 1946, serving in the South Pacific Theater during World War II in the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa.

Mr. Schoettmer started his career in automobile sales with Kocker Ford in Greensburg from 1946 to 1959, later with Mahan Ford in Columbus from 1959 to 1976, and then owner of Larry Schoettmer Ford in Edinburgh from 1976 to 1987. He later became associated with Matlock Ford and Mercury in Franklin from 1987 before retiring in 2007. He had been a Ford automobile sales representative for fifty years.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus where he had been a Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, Elder, and Trustee. He was past president of Meridian Kiwanis Club in Columbus, former member of Harrison Lakes Country in Columbus and a member of Hillview Country Club in Franklin. He was a fifty year Masonic member, belonging to both the Greensburg Masonic Lodge #36 and Devol Lodge #766 at the Indiana Masonic Home, the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Franklin Order of the Eastern Star #439 and Ransford Order of the Eastern Star #605. He enjoyed gardening and especially raising roses and tomatoes.

Survivors include his wife Lura Mae Bayless Schoettmer of Franklin; two daughters, Mary Katherine “Kay” Rogers (David) of Franklin and Dr. Nancy Louise Mussler (Kurt) of Rensselaer; six grandchildren, Anya McConnell (Clay) of Franklin, Kyle Rogers (Katie) of Whiteland, Afton Ault of Whiteland, Aaron Rogers of Franklin, Bryan Bayly of Muncie, and Tyler Bayly of Indianapolis; two sisters, Ina Marie Ray of Clermont,  and Marjorie Ferris of Indianapolis.

Reverend Cleon Wright will conduct a service Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10 a.m.. at the Ransford Chapel of The Indiana Masonic Home, 690 South State Street in Franklin, Indiana. Friends may call Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary, 300 S. Morton Street (US 31) in Franklin where a Masonic Service will be conducted at 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the Ransford Chapel. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, P.O. Box 44210, 525 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46244.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: Information: 317-738-0202.

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