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Baldwin-Fairchild Conway Funeral Home

1413 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL

OBITUARY

Larry Dean Kreitner

December 4, 1934March 7, 2020
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Larry Dean Kreitner, 85, of Orlando, Florida passed away on March 7, 2020. Larry was born on December 4, 1934 in East St. Louis, Illinois. Larry will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services

  • Celebration Service Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Celebration Gathering Saturday, March 14, 2020

Memories

Larry Dean Kreitner

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Steve Vergenz

March 14, 2020

I am a better person for growing up with Larry as my neighbor and knowing his kind heart. He has always had my admiration and my respect, but more than that he was just a genuine pleasure to be around.

Memories I will always keep with me:

1. Entering his house when I was a kid and seeing him watching golf on that little TV by the door...every single time I visited. :-)

2. My family going to Disney's Top of the World on special occasions to have dinner and watch him play.

3. That night a few days after his wife died when just he and I sat outside in his carport drinking a beer and just talking about the really important things. I had never had a conversation like that with him before, and it has always stayed with me as an (older) adult.

I will miss you, Larry. Peace.

---Steve Vergenz

Susan Hawk

March 14, 2020

Although I didn’t know Larry well, I feel truly Blessed that I celebrated his 80th birthday! He was such a witty man with a great big smile! I won’t forget the kiss I gave him and how he called me Red! I know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Hold onto the many memories and love he had for you. Love and Blessings, Red

Shookie Gressel

March 13, 2020

To the family of Laurie Kreitner Steward: We are heartbroken for your loss. Steve and I have always considered you all family and Mr. Kreitner was a highlight in our visits over the years.

We thank you for allowing him to be a part of our lives.

With Our Love _ Shookie, Steve and Hunter Gressel

Karin Bateman

March 13, 2020

To my dear sweet uncle -
Inside that tough exterior was a kind and thoughtful man that I will miss dearly. A man who never missed my childrens birthdays or Christmas. Emma Rose snuggles under the blanket you sent just weeks ago. I am so thankful that - as fate would have it - my travels brought me to Orlando frequently and I was able to visit you often over the past few years. I will treasure those visits always. You exemplify “never never never give up” - and you taught me the mechanics of sarcasm and the fine art of curse words over the years. 😀 Semper Fortis dear uncle - till we meet again...

Brian Bateman

March 13, 2020

Larry was a great guy and meant a lot to our entire Family. He will be missed. The Bateman's of Frisco Texas.

Bill Kreitner

March 12, 2020


Larry loved his family most of all. He was a good husband, and a great dad. He was a terrific brother, and he was a wonderful grandfather. He loved his brother in law like a brother, and his son in law, John, like his own son. He was also a caring, loving uncle. Larry’s mom and dad, Della and Bill Kreitner, could not have been more proud of him and his accomplishments.

Larry became an entertainer early in life performing with a trio of young local musicians with red hair, called the RedHots. After high school he attended the University of Illinois briefly as a music student before entering the Navy as a musician. As a member of the 6th and 7th US Navy fleet bands he traveled the world providing music for Navy personnel, dignitaries and civilians.

Later, in the world famous U.S. Navy Band Larry played saxophone and clarinet in the Concert Band, led jazz combos for special events and parties for dignitaries, performed during many ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, and the Capitol. He was one of a few select musicians asked to perform with a host of jazz luminaries at the White House for Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday party. He toured the USA several times with the Concert Band, and ultimately became the first director of the US Navy Jazz Band, the Commodores.
In 1974 Larry moved his family to Orlando, and joined the Disney World Bands. He performed with and conducted the World Marching Band, the Dixieland combo, the Disney World Big Band, and the show band at the Top of the World restaurant. His exceptional saxophone/clarinet playing, his improvisational ability, and natural abilities as an entertainer made him a standout on any bandstand.
Later in life a few personal challenges came his way, but Larry never gave up. He always had a smile for someone, and could remember song lyrics, melodies, names of actors, movies, songs, etc. until days before his death.
Larry was one of my heroes. I will miss him always.

Jessica Kreitner

March 11, 2020



When I was in 4th grade I had my first real writing assignment where we we had to write a paper about our mentor and write about all the things that made them special and why. I did my paper on my Pop! Always a humble man, he was never one to brag about his accomplishments. (believe me, there were many!)

Pop wasn’t my Father, but he might as well have been. He was that constant father figure in my life from day one and always bent over backwards to help his family and grandkids. I wouldn’t have gotten through a lot of things in my life if it hadn’t been for him.

We shared a special bond right from the start and shared lots of great adventures together. From afternoons on the golf course, to water balloon fights in the pool, to going to see plays, to curling up on on the couch watching old musicals or westerns on a Sunday afternoon. Not to mention our MANY Disney adventures!

Pop had a sense of humor like no other. He had such a quick wit and was always ready with a good zinger or sarcastic comment to make you laugh and lighten any mood! To know him was to love him and he truly was the most genuine down to earth person you’ll ever meet.

He is so very missed already, but I’m darn lucky I got to spend almost 34 years with him. I know that he and my grandma are catching up over a pot of coffee right now. I’m sure he’s also gearing up to go play golf somewhere.

Rest easy Pop! Fair winds and following Seas! I love you so much and will always take your lessons with me! Give Meenama a hug and a kiss for me!

Pastor Bill Barnes

March 11, 2020

It will be my sincere honor to officiate at the Memorial Service for Larry. He lived a wonderful life centered in music, military service, golf, classic movies, and most importantly, love for his dear family. I have had a long and rich relationship with his daughter Laurie and her family, and I am looking forward to joining all of Larry's extended family and friends in celebrating his journey to home port in heaven. Since it is close to St. Patrick's Day, I offer this Irish Toast:

John Steward

March 10, 2020

Dad will be truly missed by our Family. He was the leader of our Band. Our kids loved and adored their Pop, and shared many wonderful memories with him.
With All Our Love
John, Laurie, John Clay and Abbigail

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