TEMPLETON - Larry S. McClurken, 75, of 9 Mill Stone Circle, died peacefully Thursday morning, December 14, 2017 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, with his family at his side.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 13, 1942, son of the late Samuel and Mildred (Kline) McClurken and grew up in Philadelphia, where he graduated from high school.
Larry proudly served 22 years in the United States Army as a clinical and medical specialist. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Following his discharge, he went to nursing school at Mount Wachusett Community College. He worked as a registered nurse at Heywood Hospital, NCCI in Gardner and later worked for 18 years at Templeton Developmental Center until his retirement.
Larry was a member of Ovila Case Post 905 VFW and served on its honor guard for many years. He was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church, where he taught bible school for many years, Templeton and Gardner and Templeton Golden Agers. A resident of Gardner from 1982 to 2005, Larry had lived in Templeton for twelve years. Larry will be remembered as a wonderful family man.
He leaves his wife, Lucille (St, Hilaire) McClurken, with whom he was married 48 years on the day of his death; five children, Michael S. McClurken of Templeton, Julie A. Senesi and her husband Ronald of Gardner, Mark A. McClurken and his wife Susan of Leominster, Christopher J. McClurken and his wife Ella of Taunton and Amy S. McClurken of Gardner; a sister, Carol Hallberg of Cotesville, PA, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Joyce Stephans, preceded him in death,
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. in Faith Lutheran Church, 627 Green Street, Gardner. A calling hour in church will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. preceding the service.
Following the funeral, burial, with military honors, will be held at 1 P.M. in Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 111 Gleanallen Street, Winchendon.
Memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 627 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440 or to Montachusett Veterans' Outreach Center, 268 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.