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Larry “Mike” Bruce Earl
  • December 15, 1944
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  • May 14, 2020

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Larry “Mike” Bruce Earl, 75, returned to his heavenly home on May 14, 2020. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him with his health issues which ultimately gave him peace.

Mike is survived by his wife Patricia; his son Michael (Jennifer) and his daughter Shannon Vogel; his grandchildren Anthony Bolling, Andrew Earl, Claire-Michael Earl, Cynthia Vogel and Jacob Vogel; and his brothers Steve Earl and Russ Korne. He is proceeded in death by his parents Lloyd and Ruth; his brother Jerry Earl, sisters Ruth Posey and Laura Earl.

Mike was born to the late Lloyd B. Earl and Ruth Earl Anderson in Columbus, OH on December 15, 1944. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Sales and Marketing. He married Patricia Jane Howell, his college sweetheart in 1966. Then he was drafted in 1967 to the United States Army and served in Vietnam as a Sergeant where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After serving in the military, he began his sales career and retired from his business, Earl Building Products, Inc. in 2009.

Mike was blessed with a loving family. From the beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them by example through his love of God. He cherished his family immensely. Mike was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He taught his family how to work hard and play hard. He took them on many trips across the country such as camping, fishing, boating and sightseeing the natural beauty of our country. He was delighted in taking his grandsons snow skiing, fishing and on boating trips. Mike also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Pat, on trips and cruises all over the world. He especially loved the trip to Santorini Greece with Pat.

Mike showed unconditional love and support for all. He was actively involved with his church; Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, where he sang in the choir, participated in bible studies, was a youth counselor and a chaperone at the National Youth Conferences. He was involved with Interfaith Hospitality Network and was continuously active on the Church Board. In Florida, he attended Fairway Christian Church where he enjoyed his bible study groups.  He was not just a lover of God but a humanitarian. Mike was involved in building Arcs for Heifer International and Habitat for Humanity. He volunteered for the Hurricane Katrina Relief as well as many other service organizations. Mike was always a very generous man with his time and loved to help and serve others.

Mike loved of all sports. He played football in high school and college. He participated in many bowling, softball and volleyball leagues. In 2002, his volleyball team took the Gold Metal during the Huntsman World Games in Utah. Mike also played volleyball at many Senior Olympics Games. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, pickleball, snow skiing, water skiing, kayaking and bicycling.

The Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held at Eisenhower Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida and at Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Ohio. Mike will be laid to rest at The Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. The Celebrations of Life and laying to rest will be determined at later dates. Donations can be made to Heifer International at https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraiser/2768773.

Mike will be greatly missed by his loved ones.  Online Condolences may be said at www.baldwincremation.com.

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  1. Charles Wesley Harrell says:
    12 Jul 2020
    Pat we are moved by the passing of Mike and our thoughts are with you and the family. Our prayer and condolences are sent with deep respect. I am serving the 3/5th Cav Reunion Group as a chaplain this year. If we can help in any way, please let us know. My # is 229-630-8156 if you should need to talk. Wesley Harrell

  2. Sharon A Miller lit a candle:
    25 May 2020
    Lit since May 25, 2020 at 5:34:50 AM

  3. gennaro patalano says:
    20 May 2020
    sorry for your loss served same time and same troop i wish i could of seen a younger picture of him but doesn't really matter sorry for your loss
    welcome home

  4. Shannon Vogel posted an image:
    20 May 2020
    Dad I’m so glad I pushed through my fear to kayak with the alligators, I had a great day kayaking with you. ❤️ You daughter Shannon
    Dad I’m so glad I pushed through my fear to kayak with the alligators, I had a great day kayaking with you. ❤️ You daughter Shannon

  5. Shannon (Earl) Vogel lit a candle:
    20 May 2020
    Lit since May 20, 2020 at 5:54:25 AM

  6. Dawn R Huff says:
    19 May 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mike is a great man and a great father. I have so many many memories. He will be so missed. RIP sweet sweet man!

  7. Kathy & Don Wall says:
    19 May 2020
    Don and I will miss our dear friend, Mike so very much. We only knew him a few short years but our time together playing games, eating out and visiting up in Ohio were all fun filled and memorable. Our prayer is that he is now at peace in God’s loving arms. God bless Pat and his family. We are so sad to lose such a wonderful man. We will miss your smile and your friendship.

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