This event is scheduled for December 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Larry J. Weians, Parkville, MO, was a loving father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He left this world much too soon on November 9, 2021, at the age of 78. He spent the last month of his life in the ICU at St. Joseph Medical Center fighting as hard as he could to stay with his family.
With red hair, blue eyes and freckles, Larry was born in Salina, KS on October 28, 1943, to Lewis and Florence (Sullivan) Weians. He attended St. Xavier Catholic School in Junction City, KS from grade 1 through 12 and graduated in 1961.
Larry attended Marymount College in Salina, KS, graduated in 1970 and started his sales career with Merck Sharpe and Dohme the same year. He had territories in Chillicothe, MO and Topeka, KS. Larry married Ida Martin in 1968 and they had 3 children. They divorced in 1982.
In 1984 Larry began working for Merck Research Labs where he spent the next 19 years of his career as a Medical Research Associate (MRA). He was responsible for Merck Research activity in 12 states. The last 5 years of his career he spent time training and managing newly hired MRAs. He retired in November of 2003 after 32 years of service.
Larry married Barb Christensen in 1990. Prior to his death, Larry lived in Parkville, MO with Barb, his devoted wife of 31 years.
Dedicated to his Catholic faith, Larry was an active parishioner of St. Therese Catholic Church. He volunteered at food pantries at St. Therese of The Little Flower and St. Therese Parish North.
He was active with the Boy Scouts of America as Scout Master from 1983-1988. In 1985, he took a group of boys to the 75th Anniversary National Jamboree. He actively participated with his grandsons who were in scouts by attending and visiting boy scout camps. He also attended blue and gold banquets, pinewood derbies, eagle ceremonies and many pack meetings.
Larry could often be found at one of his grandchildren’s events. He consistently attended plays, concerts, musicals, and sporting events. He was a faithful part of their activities and lives, and they loved him for it.
Larry loved to travel and spent time enjoying museums, national parks and national monuments. He was a lover of history. He and Barb traveled internationally and enjoyed going on cruises. He liked long road trips and driving across the country. One of his favorite things to do was plan vacations for his entire family. Many wonderful memories were made on the family vacations he planned.
Larry was an early riser and exercised almost every day at the Parkville YMCA. His favorite time to exercise was at 5am.
In addition to Barb, survivors include three children: Lara Vermillion (Chad) of Blue Springs, MO, Larry Weians (Bobbi) of Lenexa, KS, and Mary Sarah Weians of Tulsa, OK; three step-children: Sara Wagner (Scott) of Carmel, IN, Andrew Christensen (Majo Rivera) of Alicante, Spain, and Heidi Weaver of Parker, CO; grandchildren: Olivia Wagner, Aitana Christensen Rivera, Alastair Bean, Lane Vermillion, Samantha Weians, Trey Vermillion, Erik Wagner, Emily Weians, and Breckston Sargent; sister, Jean Ann Wadsworth (Bob) of Tuscan, AZ, and brother in law Basil Bixby, New Smyrna Beach, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Kay Bixby.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at St. Therese Catholic Church North, 7207 Missouri 9 Highway, Kansas City, MO on December 28, 2021. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial commencing at 11:00 a.m. Private burial will be at the Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. Arrangements entrusted with the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Memories of Larry and condolences may be shared with the family at MeyersFuneralChapel.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Parkville Women’s Clinic or St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry at St. Therese Church, North.
****A link for LIVE STREAM of the eulogy/rosary/service will be posted Monday, December 27, 2021.