Larry Gale Garbo (77)

Grayville, Illinois
Birth: March 3, 1944
Death: June 25, 2021

Larry Gale Garbo, 77, of Grayville, Illinois, died Friday, June 25, 2021, in Grayville. He was born March 3, 1944, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the son of Arthur and Betty Jean (Short) Garbo. He was married to Carol Ann (Young) Garbo on June 13, 1964, and she preceded him in death on March 3, 2021.

Larry was a member of the First Christian Church in Grayville. For 28 years, he served in four different districts of the Illinois State Police: D# 7 in Rock Island, D# 12 in Effingham, D#12A in Albion, and D#19 in Carmi where he was District Commander for 18 years. He retired at the rank of Captain. Larry also served in the United States Army.
Survivors include sons Terry A. Garbo; Michael G. Garbo; sisters Linda R. Lewis of Benton, Illinois, Mary J. Goss of Whittington, Illinois, and Greta L. Bryant of Paducah, Kentucky.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes, his remains were cremated.

A graveside service with military rites will be conducted at a later date at the Denning Cemetery in West. Frankfort, Illinois.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of local arrangements.

Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of graveside arrangements.

Visitation: Private Family Visitation at a later date
Service: Graveside Service with Military Rites - Denning Cemetery - West Frankfort, Illinois - at a later date
Burial: Denning Cemetery, West Frankfort, Illinois

10 thoughts on “Larry Gale Garbo”

  1. I am saddened to hear of Terry & Mike’s mother and dad. He broke out down here with my dad in the ISP. Knew and respected them both for many years. My prayers are with the family.He was a patriot. RIP TROOP!!

  2. Michael Mobley

    I was privileged to work for and with Larry. I was on the D-19 TRT team for three years. During that time Larry took us to Fort Campbell KY. to go through a condensed version of the Air Assault training. It was a tremendous training experience. How he got that approved I never found out. Larry decided to build a range for the District when the upper command in Springfield refused to do so and we were forced to drive to Effingham to shoot. So we all volunteered time, especially M/Sgt Homer Clark, and had the help of many civilian and National Guard folks, and we built a range worth over 2 million Dollars. When the State auditor came down and inspected the District he had a caniption. He ranted that we couldn’t have a range because it had not been approved by the ISP Command nor CMS. Larry asked him if he wanted us to tear it down. Anyway we kept the range and Larry kept his rank. That pretty much defines Larry Garbo. He was a rare breed of a Commad officer that believed in ” Lead, Follow, or Get Out of The Way”. Rest in Peace Larry.

  3. Had the privilege of meeting Larry and Carol when they skied at Paoli Peaks in Indiana. It was always great to catch a conversation and visit with them whenever possible. They will be greatly missed.

  4. Michael A. Cremer

    I’m truly saddened by the news of Larry’s death. He and I carried papers for The Daily American in West Frankfort, IL for several years and we often chatted and swapped stories. I haven’t a clue what we talked about but I always enjoyed his company and conversation while we waited for our papers. Our paths crtossed again years later at a class of 1961 FCHS reunion and I was happy to learn of his status as an Illinois State Trooper. I couldn’t have expected anyone more capable than Larry to be in law inforcement and to be in a position of leadership. Sadly that was the last time I saw him and I regrete having lost contact with such a wonderful person. My sincerest condolances to his family.

  5. Paul and Judy Raibley

    We are so upset. We looked at carol and Larry as family. All we’ve done is cry. They will always stay in our heart. Our prayers are with his family. What wonderful memories they left for everyone that knew them to always have. God Bless Our Prayers Will Be With You Paul and Judy Raibley

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