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Rev. Larry M. Watson

Rev. Dr. Larry M. Watson

    The Rev. Dr. Larry M. Watson, 53. of Route 2, Quincy, the administrator of Good Samaritan Home for 10 years, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 1990, in Blessing Hospital.
    "Almost anyone you ask on the street would say something nice about him," said the Rev. William Foose, a friend of Mr. Watson for 25 years and co-worker for eight years. He was imaginative and ambitious. Those are the two words that come to my mind at this time," Foose said of him. "Wherever he went, he put a lot of life into his work."
    The Rev. Robert Strong, associate administrator of Good Samaritan, said, "Dr. Watson was very much concerned about the residents of Good Samaritan Home." He was a caring person and the residents of Good Samaritan were always No. 1. Strong also called Mr. Watson a man of vision who developed new programs and services for the residents, including the residential cottages and the aquatic center now under construction.
    "He was a nice guy to work with," said Wilbur Sittler, a member of the Uncle Sams volunteer group at Good Samaritan. "I think his relationship with the residents was very good."
    Mr. Watson was born February 21, 1937, in Quincy, a son of Melvin "Pete" and Leona Wellman Watson. He married Sylvia Holtman June 20, 1959, in Ursa. She survives.
    Mr. Watson graduated from Quincy High School in 1955 and from Elmhurst College in 1959 with a bachelor's degree. He graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in 1963 and received his doctorate from there in 1974.
    Mr. Watson was pastor of St. John United Church of Christ in Fort Madison, Iowa, and part-time chaplain at Iowa State Penitentiary from 1963 to 1969. He served as minister at Kirkwood Missouri United Church of Christ for eight years until 1977, and was associated conference minister of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ in Denver, Colorado for three years until 1980.
    From 1980 to the present, Mr. Watson was administrator of Good Samaritan Home. In 1988, Good Samaritan Home received the Governor's Cup Award.
    Mr. Watson also taught at John Wood Community College and Quincy College. A member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, Mr. Watson also was a member of the YMCA Board, and a member of the Quincy Rotary Club, from which he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award this May. He also was a board member of CHHSM United Church of Christ, organizer of Kids of Missouri, a group providing help for disabled students; a former member of the Kirkwood school board; and was voted the 1974 Citizen of the Year by the Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce.
    Mr. Watson's hobbies included his horses, woodworking, skiing and working with young people. He coached youth football and baseball teams.
    Survivors include his wife; three sons, Paul Watson of Quincy, Mark Watson of Chicago, and David Watson of Evansville, Wisconsin; a sister, Mrs. John (Delores) Wheelock of Hutsonville, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. Services were conducted in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ by the Rev. James Mory and the Rev. Rob Hartman. Burial was at Greenmount Cemetery. Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home
was in charge of the arrangements.

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