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Larry Pilman

veteranMay 21st, 1944 - Jan 19th, 2024

Visitation:  11 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Military funeral honors will be presented at 11 a.m.


     Larry M. Pilman, age 79, of Xenia, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 19, 2024, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana.

     He was born May 21, 1944, in Bible Grove, the son of Luther Clinton and Bertha Ethel (Winchester) Pilman.  He was united in marriage to Patricia Tackitt on April 19, 2008, in Xenia, and together they have shared 15 wedding anniversaries.

     Larry served in the U.S. Army, proudly serving 2 terms overseas in Vietnam.  He served in both Europe and Germany and retired as a Master Sergeant.  He enjoyed fishing, going out to eat, and finding bargains and treasures at rummage sales and thrift stores.  Larry attended Orchardville Church.

     He is survived by his wife: Patty Pilman of Xenia; 3 sons: Joe (Bonnie) Pilman of Swansboro, North Carolina, Tony (Kelly) Pilman of St. Paul, Minnesota, Clint (Carmen) Pilman of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; 2 daughters: Serena (David) Grossnickel of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Sureya (Damon) Maddox of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; 2 stepchildren: Angie (Pete) Robinson of Farina and Kathy (Mike) Frank of Paris; grandchildren: Andy Pilman, Anthony Pilman, Angelica Jo Pilman, Elvis Pilman, Calvin Pilman, Deigo Grossnickel, Kalena Pilman, Joey Fender, Jessica Robinson, Trenton Frank, Garrett Frank, Chad Reynolds, and Angela Simpson; and 11 great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson: Charles P. Reynolds; and a sister: Connie Sue Pilman.

     A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Military funeral honors will be presented at 11 a.m. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Joseph’s Indian School, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:  


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Jason Remda

January 24th

My Uncle Larry was an awesome man who taught me many life skills that I find invaluable to this day. Thanks to Larry’s kind yet stern way of instructing I actually learned from my mistakes. Not only was Larry a fantastic sidekick to my Uncle Dave and my Father as the super team of men who taught me how to be a man. But he also produced Smart (The one time I’ll admit it Clint) and Wonderful sons as well as beautiful and intelligent daughters, all of whom adore him. Through Larry’s Ups and Downs, life was not going to change who Larry Pilman was. He had set his definition. And if he wanted to change or add to it. Then you better call Websters and tell them to get their pen out. Because he decided when that happened. (Except for a few times Aunt Eve may have been involved, she had her ways) I hope you’re up there right now at the pearly gates, jawing St Peters ear off about how you’ve been to St Petersburg and all about the things he learned there. He will still be there when we all get to the gates ourselves. Waving us and welcoming us with a hug, while standing there Joking, jawing. Ribbing and taking the clipboard and pencil, doing the job for Peter as he stands and stares at Larry. Helpless to stop him from talking everyone who entered his ranges ears off. Though I’m sure Peter Tries to interject on occasion just because this next one in line looks like it’s going to be a fun get to know you session, and he’s been letting Larry have all the fun. The line to heaven has been backed up to about a 24 hour wait and growing since your dad made it to St Pete. But every person that goes through the gates when Larry and Petey (As your dad calls him) are there. Entering heaven laughing and happier than any man, woman, cat (yes. Even cats) Or dog ever has. The world lost a prize in Larry Pilman. A flawed but beautiful gem like the rest of us. But I have no doubt that Larry will be looking down and watching over all of us for the rest of eternity. Rest In Peace Larry Pilman. You were a good man. You helped raise good men and good women. Some of them not even your own. Rest easy uncle. We will all be there to stand with you soon enough. But if you are up there watching…..not too soon….ok? I love you Uncle. Rest In Peace Larry Pilman.

Joe Pilman

January 24th

Dad, you will always be in my heart. I love you.

Kim (Bickley)Welty

January 24th

I can't Thank Larry & Patty enough for being so Good to my Brother Matthew when he lived across the street from them. My heaheartfelt condolences for ALL, God Bless with Love ❤️ Kim

Shelby Davis

January 24th

sorry to here about larry will remember him at family times at wincheser dinners

Jim and Linda Grove

January 24th

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing.. He was a friend of our family for many years, especially my brothers Rich and Virgil. Love and prayers to all.

Jackie Pilman Shales

January 24th

Prayers to his family God be with you all

Short Sledge

January 24th

I met Larry several years ago at church. He was always a gentleman and I enjoyed interacting with him. He was one of the really good ones. Prayers for his family!

Pat Hassebrock Pilman

January 25th

We all have lost so much God bless you all. So sorry for your loss.

Tammy (Akes) Haywood

January 26th

Sorry for your loss. Was a good guy.



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Larry Frost
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Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Troy&Kim (Bickley)Welty
Shelby and Jennifer Davis
Jim and Linda (King) Grove
Lenny and Marie Henson
Sue Williams
Jerry and Norma Kling
Rob and Shelley
Walt nd Doloris Brewer
Randy & Lori Poole
Bruce & Nannette Richards
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