Thursday, May 30, 2024

Connect with us:

Obituary: Lawrence O. York

September 7, 1939 – February 1, 2022

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Lawrence O. YorkLawrence O. “Larry” York, age 82, of Columbus, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Larry was born September 7, 1939, to Oland and Luella York and spent much of his life in Dolton, Illinois.

Larry served in the United States Army. Upon his return, he worked as a butcher at Kroger and Howard & Sons. His cooking skills and his love of food soon brought Larry and Betty into the catering world, and they quickly became known for Aunt Betty’s Beef. It was a recipe like no other!

In 1987, Larry and Betty purchased a campground in Columbus, IN. Owning a campground had been his dream, and he and Betty enjoyed meeting many new friends over the last 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Anne; in-laws: Garrett Vroegh Jr., Grace De Boer, Adrian and Carol Vroegh, and John Vroegh Sr. Larry is survived by his wife, Betty, and their children: Leanne York (Kyle), Dave and Sheryl York (Joshua and Haley, Sara, and Anna), and Dan and Jackie York (Brad and Mackenzie, Brandon); four great-grandchildren; brother, Fred and Faye York; in-laws: Marilyn Vroegh, Paul and Marilyn Tamminga; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service date and time are pending.

Memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be given to The Gideon’s International (

Smits Funeral Homes
Smits Funeral Homes
We are a family-owned business providing compassionate, professional end-of-life care. We handle all the details during a difficult time, so you can focus on the things that matter. We understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. Call our main office at 219-322-7300 to find out more about the customized services we can offer your family when the time comes.