Larry Arthur Woolery

Larry Arthur Woolery, 74, of Thayer, KS, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Wichita, KS. He was born on October 7, 1944 on the family farm in Thayer, KS, the son of Delmer and Ethel (Crowl) Woolery.   

Larry married Joy Hoggatt, the love of his life, on February 24, 1963 in Neodesha, KS. Larry was born and grew up on the homestead farm and realized from a very young age that farming and dirt work was in his blood. He began pulling draft horses at the age of 13 continuing the family tradition. During this time, the Woolery family traveled pulling horses and living out of the trailer while putting on horsepulls throughout the state of Colorado. Fellow horsepullers that began as friends also became family and Larry passed on his love of horsepulling to his son, Justin who continues the family tradition.    

Larry enjoyed watching the Royals and the Chiefs but most of all loved watching his grandkids compete in sports and FFA.  He spent his entire life in Thayer and he loved his community dearly and they will miss him and his hugs. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed being the one that would greet people at church. He loved his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Larry was a man that always put God and his family first. He will be greatly missed.  

Larry is survived by:

Wife: Joy Woolery, of the home; Children: Dawn Robinson and husband, Fred, of Galesburg, KS, Tonya Smedley and husband, David, of Thayer, KS, Justin Woolery and wife, Tonya, of Thayer, KS; Sister: Lois Raida of Thayer, KS; Grandchildren: Brianne O’Brien, Tyler Robinson, Trey Smedley, Grant Robinson, Hunter Robinson, Trace Woolery, Keith Kane; Great-Grandchildren: Brooklyn Robinson, Regan Robinson, Zadie O’Brien, Bryor Robinson.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Velma John.

The family will greet friends on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Thayer Christian Church in Thayer, KS. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10 am at the church. Burial will follow at Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, KS. Online condolences may be left at:

The family suggests memorials to be made to Thayer Christian Church and may be mailed to the funeral home.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.

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