Larry E. “Laughing Larry” Hamann

Larry E. “Laughing Larry” Hamann, age 70 of Highland, IL, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in Saint Louis, MO.

He was born on Thursday, August 12, 1948, in Highland, IL, the son of Henry and Anna (nee Schneider) Hamann.

He was a member of VFW Post 5694-Highland, IL (Past Post Commander 2005-2007); VFW Post 7678 Earl W. Homer, Cottage Hills, IL (Past Post Commander 2002-2003); 12th District VFW Officer (20 years to date); Special Aide to State VFW Commander from 1990 to 1993; State VFW Assistant Quartermaster for several years.

Born at Highland, IL; grew up at Alhambra and Wood River, IL. He graduated from Wood River High School, Wood River, IL, in 1966. He worked odd jobs until his duty with the US Army; from Feb 1969 to Jan 1971, he served with the US Army 334th Aviation Company, during the Vietnam War. He worked for the Owens Glass Co, Alton, IL and later was a carpenter working for Jack Leitner Construction Co, Edwardsville, and later worked on his own. He enjoyed being a member of the VFW, fishing, camping and as a young man working on cars.

Survivors include:
Son – Tracy E. (Kim) Hamann, Imperial, MO
Daughter – Teresa A. (Eric) Stacy, Glen Carbon, IL
Grandchild – Kelsey T. Hamann, Imperial, MO
Grandchild – Kaylee R. Hamann, Imperial, MO
Grandchild – Mitchell E. Stacy, Glen Carbon, IL
Grandchild – Preston M. Stacy, Glen Carbon, IL
Grandchild – Kevin R. Stacy, Glen Carbon, IL
Brother – Elmer (Margaret) Hamann, Pfafftown, NC
Brother – Norman (Judith) Hamann, Moro, IL
Brother – Harold Hamann, Worden, IL
Brother – Duane Hamann, Jerseyville, IL
Sister – Betty (Lawrence) Heffernan, Edwardsville, IL
Former Wife – Janice M. Schlechte (nee LeBegue) , Worden, IL.

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Henry C. F. Hamann
Mother – Anna M. M. Hamann (nee Schneider)
Brother – Albert Hamann
Brother – Junior C. Hamann
Sister – Loretta A. Meier
Sister – Irene Kantner
Sister – Elnora M. Hamann
Half Brother – Lewis Hamann
Half Sister – Henrietta Buske
Half Sister – Alvera Volentine.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 5694-Highland, IL.

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