Larry Lee Barnett

December 22, 1946November 11, 2011

Larry Lee Barnett, 64, of Springfield, peacefully passed away on Friday, November 11, 2011 at his home surrounded by the family he so loved.

He was born on December 22, 1946 in Springfield, the son of the late Lawrence Alvin and Vera Margaret (Trumbo) Barnett. Larry’s dad died when Larry was a young boy. His mom later married Marvin Franklin Dempsey who, along with his mom, helped raise Larry. Larry married Mary Lynette Tranquilli on March 15, 1969 at St. James Church in Riverton, IL and they were happily married for 42 years.

Larry worked as a sales representative and account manager for Maxwell House Coffee and Kraft Foods for 30 years. After retirement, he sold real estate for Charles Robbins. He was an avid fisherman and a die-hard and faithful Cubs fan! He loved to travel and truly enjoyed landscaping. Most of all he loved his children and grandchildren and was very involved with them and their activities. He was a member of the Greenview Presbyterian Church, Greenview Rotary Club, Amvets, and served two terms on the Greenview School Board.

Larry honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from May 1965 to November 1969. He served on the U.S.S Shasta ammunition ship in Vietnam and later on the U.S.S. Markab until it was decommissioned in 1969.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lynette, a daughter Nicole (husband Kevin) Willis of Petersburg, IL and a son Chris (wife Cara) Barnett of Springfield, 3 grandchildren, Jessica and Griffin Willis, and Taryn Barnett, a sister Diana (husband Dale) Hedrick or Chatham, IL, 2 brothers-in-law, Ron (wife Young Soon) Tranquilli of Geneva, IL and Terry (wife Janie) Tranquilli of Springfield, and a sister-in-law, Tallulah Redeford of Springfield, two aunts and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepfather, and a nephew.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd, Springfield where memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:30 am at the funeral home, with Rev. Joseph Eby officiating. Inurnment will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Home Health, or to the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 17, 2011
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 18, 2011

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Trish and Mark Andracke

November 21, 2011

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

November 18, 2011

Lynette, Nichole and Chris
My prayers are with you in your time of lose. Larry always had time for everyone he knew and lead by example. He will be missed. Marilyn Johnson

November 18, 2011

Our thoughts are with you.
Larry was a good longtime friend.
When you saw Larry, you saw a smile.
Jim & Phyl Haddick

Sue Elliott

November 17, 2011

Lynette, Nicole and Chris,
We all loved Larry and that love extends to all of you. He will always be missed- a very good man.
Roger, Sue And Rebecca (White)Elliott

sue jim cousin

November 17, 2011

lynette and family ,You have our deepest sympathy. Larry helped when few others would, it was appreciated and not forgotten. He loved you all very much. He will be missed. Peace to you an yours,

November 17, 2011

lynette and family ,You have our deepest sympathy. Larry helped when few others would, it was appreciated and not forgotten. He loved you all very much.He will be missed peace to you an yours Sue and Jim Cousin

Dane Lay

November 17, 2011

Lynette, Nicole, Chris, and the rest of your family...You have my deepest sympathy.

Kendra Deane

November 17, 2011

Lynette, Nicole and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you both and your family.

November 17, 2011

Diana and Dale

My sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your brother. It's hard to say good-bye and especially near the holiday season. My prayers are with you.

Bonnie Malcor

Carl & Brenda Anderson

November 16, 2011

Diane and Dale and Family,

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.