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Larry "Joe" Vail

Larry Joseph Vail, 78, of Antwerp, passed away at home Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Joe was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on December 25, 1941, a son of the late Kathryn Kempf and Forrest  Vail.

He was a graduate of Antwerp High School and worked at Dana Weatherhead as an electrician.

On November 3, 1962 he married Marilyn "Jean" Baren.

Joe will be sadly missed by his wife, Jean; daughters Michelle (Shelly) Vail and Molly Vail; sister, Phyllis Forrer; granddaughter, Alex Faber and grandson, Eric Faber.

He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth (Joe) Berenyi, James (Betty Rose) Vail, June Smith & Jake (Mary Lou) Vail.

He was laid to rest privately at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

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Jean so sorry for your loss . Hugs and prayers

Jody Shaffer Apr 23 2020 12:00 AM

Sandra Temple and my sister , Marcia Temple Creelman want to extend our sympathies and share a few happy memories of Joe. Joe was a good with fix up and one day at the Antwerp Bee Argus he discovered the building had a door bell and hooked it up the bell. One Halloween Marcia was visiting and while trick or treating with Brian, Joe handed out large Hershey bars to the adults, He always had a smile. Jean used to bake great cakes and God be with her.

antwerpbeeargus@frontier.com Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I too was a classmate of Joe and born just 23 days before the birthday boy. I was a true loner back in the day, but Joe was a very close friend. He taught me how to work with electricity; showed me how to build radios and transmitters from scratch and how to repair 1st generation failure prone TV's. He did all this when he was just 17. It's been 20 years since we last crossed paths, but will not forget you Joe.

Mike Kaduk Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Joe and I were friends from the start. Camping, fishing and many many farm and tractor shows. Thanks to Joe, I met and married Mary, Jean's sister back in 1966. We had a good run, will miss him.

Richard Davis Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I went to school with Shelly. Molly was younger than I. I loved going to their A frame home across the river. I believe Mrs.Vail was a girl scout leader. They had a porch swing, that I loved.
Mr. Vail always made me laugh. One I was stung by a yellow jacket and Mr and Mrs Vail took very good care of me. (It was a traumatic experience because I remember it like yesterday after 40 years). Those experiences influenced me throughout my life. Thank you for being part of my life. You will never be forgotten.

Terri Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

We are sending all the love we have from Alabama. My Aunt Jean is one of the strongest and caring women I know. I am sorry we cannot be there with and for you at this time. We love you very much. Uncle Joe was a massive force in this world and when something this large passes, it is sure to leave an equally large void. Joe may not always have been the most appropriate role model; but he was always kind to me and provided a special kind of guidance, nonetheless. From all the stories I grew up with it is hard to believe he was not indestructible. And I cannot count the number of times I have heard, Oh my Lord, he is your uncle? Did you ever hear about the time he........................ If there was ever a man befitting of the song The Only Man Wilder Than Me by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, it is Joe. He will be missed.

Russell Davis Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Jean, we are so sorry that we are not able to be with you, at this difficult time in your life. You are a strong, independent, and compassionate woman, who cared for Joe to the end. We are so sorry for your loss, but he will be remembered by many, with endless memories and stories. And, I have to admit that family gatherings were never dull.

Lois Bailey Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I will always remember when joe and Jeannie lived behind grandma Getrosts. You were such an ornary cuss joe. Even tho we didnt keep in touch after you moved, I will always remember this time from my youth. Condolences to you Jeannie and your family.

Kathy (Getrost) Whitney Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Thinking of you during this time of grief. Prayers for comfort and peace.
Jeff and Lorie (Warner) Lucas

Lorie Lucas Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Vail family.
When I moved to Antwerp, Joe was one of the first characters that I meet. His smile and humor was contagious and made a person feel welcome!

Karen Leinard Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

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