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Larry A. Key, 84, of Midland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2020. He was born March 16, 1936 in Midland, the son of Dorothy M. (Collins) and Max A. Key. He graduated from Midland High School, attended Michigan State University and was a life-long Spartan fan.

Larry spent most of his professional life as a commercial printer and publisher of The Coleman Tribune. He was a civic leader in Coleman, at various times holding positions as mayor, firefighter, and fire chief. He was instrumental in forming the Coleman Area Ambulance and was one of the first volunteer EMTs on that service. He was a member of the Coleman Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees.

Larry was a quiet man and a consummate observer of people. He loved to be outside, whether playing a round of golf, camping, or around the pond of his house in Coleman when he was able. He also enjoyed listening to music.

He is survived by his wife, Imogene Key, his children Kathleen (Mikael) Wipperfeld and Dr. John Key, and grandchildren Kirsten (Benjamin) von Forell, Kara (Ruairidh Morrison) Wipperfeld, Ryan (Christine) Key, and Caitlin Key. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Sharon McInnis, Sue McInnis, and Julie Strait, and step-grandchildren Sheri Woodcock, Emily Cooper, and Matt Cooper.

Larry was predeceased by his parents and his son, Timothy Key, as well as stepson David McInnis.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private burial will be held.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Key family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Concetta Simpson

    05 June 2020 5 months ago

    Kathy & John,
    Know that you are in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Chettie & Jim Simpson

  2. TerrieHagstrom (Long)

    05 June 2020 5 months ago

    Kathy and John, sending my deepest condolences!

  3. Bob and Susan Cooper

    03 June 2020 5 months ago

    Imogene, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Sorry for your loss.

  4. Debbie & Rik

    03 June 2020 5 months ago

    Kathy, we are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Sending strength to you and your family at this sad time.
    May your Father rest in peace. 🙏

  5. Sheri Woodcock

    02 June 2020 5 months ago

    I know your listening to Willie Nelson up there Grandpa Larry, it was out favorite to listen to on all our road trip vacations.. You will be greatly missed. Love your great granddaughter Sheri great great granddaughter Taylor Woodcock and great great grandson Jordan Kenyon

  6. Mary Fields

    02 June 2020 5 months ago

    Heartfelt condolences, Kathy.

    Love, Mary

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