Larry Whitfield

Larry will not be returning for coffee in Liberal, he has moved on to bigger and better places. He will be enjoying his morning coffee with lots of family and friends in heaven. Larry passed in the comfort of his home on December 12, 2020, he was in the presence of his wife Aleta and his favorite dog Gidgit.

Larry was born on May 9, 1943 in Durant, OK, the son of Otis Whitfield. He married Aleta Mae Warren on June 22, 1968. They were married for 52 years. They raised all 3 of their children in Liberal.

Larry worked at DISCO machine as a machinist for over 40 years and retired January 1, 2018.

Larry loved working! Some would say this was his favorite past time. Before making DISCO, a lifelong career choice Larry worked at National Beef Packing Plant for 6 years. Larry taught machine shop classes at Seward County Community College and he also taught at Trailmobile as well. Some of Larry’s favorite things over the years were bowling on various bowling leagues, he enjoyed cooking for his family, drinking coffee with his friends before work and spending time with his family. Over the years, Larry enjoyed planting his vegetable garden every summer, he also enjoyed planting flowers in the front yard. During the summer he would often plant giant pumpkins. He enjoyed tending to his pumpkins during the fall.

After retirement, Larry loved to get out of the house and do things, he did not like sitting at home. If he was at home, he was probably asleep in his chair holding Gidgit. Larry and Aleta enjoyed going to flea markets, trying new restaurants, going to the casino, and visiting kids and grandkids.

Larry is preceded in death by his father Otis Whitfield, brother JB Whitfield, sister Brenda Guymon, and grandson Scott Fuller. Survivors of the home are Aleta Whitfield and their adult children: Mary Fuller (Wichita, KS), Larry (Karla) Whitfield Jr. (El Dorado, KS), and Wendy (Joel) White (Eudora, KS). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Seth Glenn, Shelby Glenn, Skylar Glenn, Sara Whitfield, Rebeca Whitfield, Donavan Whitfield, Devin Whitfield, and Ryleigh White. Larry also had 5 great-grandchildren.

Larry often talked to Aleta about life and death and living in the moment. A last wish from Larry, words to live by — Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

There will not be a visitation due to COVID restrictions, the family will hold a celebration of his life in Liberal, KS at a future date this coming spring/summer. Family visitation and cremation services have already taken place and burial will take place in the future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name with the American Heart Association and maybe sent in care of Warren McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.


6 Condolences

  1. Sherri Castillo on December 28, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Sherri at One Way Deli is so sorry to hear of your loss! We loved when they would both come in for their quesidillas and soup. Two of the sweetest people. Prayers for comfort and strength. May God circle you in his loving arms.

  2. Ron, Jody, Travis & Barbara Vincent on December 28, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing.

  3. Myriam Rubio on December 29, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    In loving memory of Larry Whitfield, Someone so special will not be forgotten. He was such a sweet man. Always had something positive to say when he saw me.

  4. Taylor Kent on December 29, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss, my family has known Larry for a very long time. He bowled with my dad and my uncle Kenneth. I remember him sitting in the snack bar at the bowling alley quite often drinking coffee with friends. He always had time to stop and visit. After my dad had passed any time I seen Larry around town he always asked how my mom was doing. He was just a kind caring man and a good friend. He will be missed.

  5. Gary Scott on January 1, 2021 at 7:34 am

    So sorry for your loss. Larry would give his coat off his back to help. One time, I would have never repaired the batting cage elevator, in Liberal, without his knowledge.
    God be with you all in this difficult time. Keep family and friends close. Great memories will be with us forever.

  6. Julee Davis on January 1, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I worked with Larry at Disco for a few years. He and Aleta are such good, sweet people. I hate to hear that he’s gone. Hugs for you, Aleta, and prayers for comfort for Larry’s family.

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