Larry Patrick Stitz, 53, Wausau, died Monday August 2, 2021 at his home under the care of Compassus Hospice Services.
Larry was born November 25, 1967 in St. Charles, MO to Ronald and Karra (Olsen) Stitz. He was a 1984 graduate of Oak Creek Senior High School. Larry met Magi Wittkowske at a Halloween party and the couple married on May 21, 1994 in Franklin, WI. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Alyson. For many years, Larry was a truck driver for Old Dominion Freight Line and more recently before his retirement he had been working as a forklift driver for Kraft/Heinz in Wausau.
Though known to many as “Mr. Grumpy” and just “Grumpy” by Alyson, Larry was a deeply insightful man who enjoyed having conversations with people to challenge their thoughts and beliefs. He had a good sense of humor and was a bit of a prankster. Larry enjoyed going hunting with his dad in his youth and later in life taking Magi and Alyson shooting. He was an active member of Wausau Nazarene Church for more than 10 years serving as a board member and financial advisor and always supporting their many outreach programs. Free time found him enjoying cooking, being an avid BBQ’er and a KCBS certified judge and competitor, wood turning and a lifelong love of all things Sci-Fi.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Magi; daughter, Alyson (fiancé, Nick Nelson) Stitz; parents, Ronald (stepmother, Chris) Stitz and Karra Stitz; sisters, Angie (Curtis) Goodwin and Becky Stitz; stepsiblings, Nicky (Clay) Whitehead and Mike (Jenny) Donaldson; dogs, Riley and Oliver; cats, Scotty and Malcolm; and extended family and friends.
There will be a memorial service for Larry at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Living Well Faith Community (1707 McIntosh Street, Wausau, WI 54403). Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a future charitable donation in Larry’s memory.
Sincere appreciation goes to Larry’s caregivers from Compassus Hospice: Brandy, Megan, Mike and Ashely, for their kind care and to Pastor Tim and Jodie Lamont for their support.