Larry Gray McBee


Larry Gray McBee, 70, of Lee’s Summit, Mo, died January 7, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was born June 26, 1942 in Monroe, Michigan, to Herbert Roosevelt and Nellie (Gray) McBee, the youngest of their seven children. He married Marilyn Jean Krueger on May 1, 1965 and she survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Kim (William) Foster and grandsons Merrick William and John Gray of Overland Park, Kansas; son, Aaron (Angelique) McBee and grandsons Sean Gray and Connor Gray of Yuma, Arizona; sisters Audrey Henry of Toney, Alabama, and Oma Bentley of Monroe, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Herbert, Harry, and Joel; and one sister, Wilma.

Larry grew up in Michigan, graduating from Monroe High School, and loved his home state. He made his home in Michigan, Florida, and later, in Missouri and made good friends everywhere he went. Genealogy captured his interest and he thoroughly enjoyed exploring his family’s ancestry. Never shy about giving advice, Larry was always ready with an anecdote, a joke, or a story.

He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, was a deputy sheriff, and had a successful career with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. In his later years he enjoyed working at Research Medical Center and spending countless hours volunteering at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Larry was proud of his son and daughter and their families. His greatest loves, besides his wife Marilyn, were his grandsons who he adored. He delighted in sharing his love of reading with them, watching them play ball, and telling everyone he knew about their latest exploits.

Larry’s memorial celebration will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 NE Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. with a service at 11:00 a.m. and luncheon immediately following.

Memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Seminary (Student Aid Fund), 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, Mo 63105-3196, or Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway, #101, Kansas City, MO 64114.


  1. Aaron Decker on January 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Sorry to here of Larry’s passing. Seems only yesterday he was my manager at Fireman’s Fund. He was a man of integrity, humorous whit and dedicated loyalty. Although we lost contact these past years, he was always in my memories. everyone will miss him.
    Bless you and your family,
    Aaron Decker-Retired FFLC

  2. Larryand Kathy Haynes on January 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Marilyn and family So sorry to read about your Larry. Our thoughts are with you and we remember our memories of him. What a nice man. Wish we could be there with you. Larry and Kathy

  3. Roger Spears on January 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I was very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. You have many warm memories to treasure and to share. Larry touched many people in his time here, and he will be sorely missed.
    Best regards,

  4. Jim Gilmore on January 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Marilyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of growing up with “Mac” in Monroe. Surely he will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.
    Warm regards,

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