Lawrence (Larry) Colin Stivers (79), devoted husband of 53 years to Cynthia Stivers (nee Zimmerman) and loving father of John Edward Stivers and Michael David Stivers, went to be with the Lord our God on September 24, 2023. Larry was born in Pasadena, MD and was a lifelong Pasadena resident. He was active throughout the community and especially in the Men’s Group and Chancel Choir at Galilee Lutheran Church. If you had the privilege of meeting Larry you couldn’t help but admire how he spent time to individually connect and get to know you. He was sociable, considerate, honorable, genuine, and trustworthy. One of his greatest legacies he leaves behind is the impact he made as a mentor helping several young men in church and the community faithfully navigate life.
In addition to being a strong man of faith and a dear friend to so many, Larry was known for being a proud Veteran of the US Army, serving six total years and completing four tours in Vietnam. Larry’s highest honor was receiving the Bronze Star Medal in 1969 for his extraordinary action and service performed in an armed conflict. This is the fourth highest-ranking award that a service member can receive in the U.S. military.
After his military career, Larry worked for Giant Food as the Night Supervisor for 28 years and part-time at Angel’s Food Market for 2 years. He received his Associates Degree from Catonsville Community College in 1978 making the Dean’s List several semesters. Larry was a Master Mason in Freemasonry, enjoyed working on cars, and was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Larry is survived by his wife, two sons, two grandchildren (Savannah Stivers and Wayland Stivers), daughter-in-law (Justine Stivers), sister (Ida Dennett), brother and sister-in-law (Gordon and Betty Lou Stivers), brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Richard and Nancy Zimmerman), many “adopted” grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents (John and Lydia Stivers) and five brothers and sisters (Audrey, Johnny, Jerry, Kenny, and Carroll).
Viewings will be held at the family owned and operated McCully Polyniak & Collins Funeral Home, P.A. 3204 Mountain Road Pasadena, Maryland 21122 on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at Galilee Lutheran Church in Pasadena, MD on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 11 am, followed by interment with Military Honors at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Glen Burnie, MD, followed by a Celebration of Life at Galilee Lutheran Church.