Larry Thurston

Larry Thurston, 80, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Merriam, Kansas.

A private family memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, and streamed on the Ottawa First United Methodist Church Facebook page. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Feltner Funeral Chapel in Lyndon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Larry, Carol, Jessie Thurston Scholarship Fund (for Marias des Cygnes Valley High School) or Team Hally at, sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at

He was born on July 1, 1940, near Lyndon, Kansas, the son of Floyd and Jessie Davis Thurston.

Larry had lived in Osage County for the first 50 years of his life and has been in Franklin County for the last 17 years.

Larry served in the U.S. Navy in the CB's from 1962 to 1964. He was a farmer and stockman; bulldozer operator; and worked in county and city government as a Public Works Director and City Manager in Eureka and Lyndon. He was involved in the local and state school board and soil conservation. He was a member of the Ottawa First United Methodist Church.

Larry was married to Carol Christiason on Jan. 28, 1960, in Topeka. Carol preceded him in death on May 3, 1991. Larry married Linda Wasmund in 1992.

Larry was preceded in death by two sons, Trenton Thurston in infancy, and Todd Thurston; his parents, Floyd and Jessie; a granddaughter, Hally Yust; and a daughter-in-law, Rachel Thurston.

Larry is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; his two sons, Tom Thurston, of Lyndon; Thad (Lori) Thurston, of Osage City; his daughter-in-law, Diane Thurston, of Overland Park; his four step-children, Jenny (Shon) Yust, of Spring Hill; Heidi (Ryan) Lynch, of Ottawa; Stephanie (Richard) Barrett, of Carmel, Indiana; Pete (Anna) Heiniger, of Prescott, Wisconsin; his sister, Neva Thurston, of Lyndon; 18 grandchildren, Catherine and Penelope Heiniger, Alex (Kalena), Beau (Mary-Lynn) and Noelle Lynch, Parker, Macy and Zoey Yust, Ethan, Alyssa and Evan Barrett, Trent and Travis Thurston; Chae and Marcus Aills and Shane Jackson; and two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Bennett Lynch.

Posted online on September 01, 2020