Larry D. Maas
7/13/1944 - 12/16/2017
PEKIN ~ Larry Dean Maas, 73, of Donnell Lake in Vandalia, Michigan, formerly of Dyer, Indiana and Pekin, passed away peacefully at 7:40 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at his home in the comfort of his family’s presence.
He was born July 13, 1944 in Pekin, the third child of John George and Mary Eloise (Adcock) Maas, Sr. He married Patricia Ann Tucker on August 16, 1964 in Pekin. They were lovingly married for 52 years before she passed away on April 24, 2016 in Vandalia, Michigan. He also was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Yvonne M. Morris.
Larry will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Lorrie and Geoffrey Romer of Dyer, Indiana; one son and daughter in law, Sean and Sara Maas of La Porte, Indiana; one grandson, Tucker Dean Maas; one sister and brother in law, Diana and Gary Mathison of Bradenton, Florida; one brother and sister in law, John and Pam Maas, Jr. of Green Valley; and a host of nieces and nephews; and many close friends and family on Donnell Lake, in NW Indiana and Pekin, Illinois.
Larry had a long, distinguished career in newspaper management. He was the corporate production director of Howard Publications and the plant manager of The Times in Munster, Indiana. The Times newspaper was the largest in Howard Publications, which was based in Oceanside, California and owned 19 newspapers around the country. Larry helped set newspaper industry standards in safety and technology. The Times newspaper in Munster was the first direct to plate in the country. Larry was instrumental in this accomplishment.
While with Howard Publications, Larry was the chairman of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) technology committee for approximately 10 years, and worked with nearly every major newspaper group in the country. He traveled across the U.S. in his work with NAA and to Mexico, Canada, England, Italy, Austria and Germany, giving over 25 speeches about newspaper technology. Larry was invited to tour the Vatican Press in Rome, Italy. He attended courses at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Larry was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad. He loved playing golf with his wife and his father in law at the Pekin Country Club, where he was a longtime member before moving away. He was proud of making a hole-in-one. Larry enjoyed spending time on Donnell Lake with his friends and family.
Larry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pekin. He liked reading scripture daily while enjoying the peaceful views of the lake.
Mr. Maas will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Patricia Ann Maas in a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, Illinois. Pastor Bill Appleyard-Pekich will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
The family wishes to thank several people who helped make Larry comfortable and able to fulfill his last wish to return to the lake home in Michigan that he so loved, including Dr. Elizabeth Blair, the University of Chicago Medical Center, Rush-McNeal-Loyola (RML) Specialty Hospital in Chicago, Elite Ambulance of Chicago and Director of Nursing Donna Campbell and the staff of Grace Hospice in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation or an animal rescue organization of choice.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
Edward Casto - 3rd Cousin once removed
Donna Rabus - Past Co-Worker
Marlena Patterson - Former Employee - The Times of NW Indiana
Bobbi Prather - Childhood Friend
Judy Smith - Friend
Melinda Moore - Former co-worker
Karen Bloom - Former Co-worker
Theresa Badovich - Former colleague
Tom & Rose Buchanan - Friends
Denise Biagini - Friend
Larry Maas - Friend
Ray Garber - Friend
Lorrie Maas Romer - Daughter