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“My heartfelt thoughts to you Karen and your loved ones. My first thought of you when I read the loss of your beloved son was your beautiful smile and...Read More »
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“Our heart breaks hearing this sad news. Knew Larry since a little kid, then he became family. Marring our niece. Never a dull moment with Larry...Read More »
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“I'm blessed to have some great childhood memories with Larry back in Kindergarten. He was my first true friend as a kid. Our paths crossed seldomly ...Read More »
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“There was a very low point in my life that Larry & 2 other great friends were with me all night figuring out the best next step for me & my kids....Read More »
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Larry Allen LaFavre was born eight minutes to midnight on December 21st, 1970 in Sterling, Illinois. After graduating from Rock Falls High School in 1989, he married and had three wonderful children. He owned and operated Larry's Electric until 2019.

Many in the Rock Falls and Sterling area knew Larry by his other name, Hollywood; the nickname was given to him in the beginning of his DJ career and has followed him ever since. For over 30 years, Larry "Hollywood" LaFavre was the life of the party at countless weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Sometimes the occasion was just a fun Friday night. He had the heart of an entertainer and was a beacon of joy and humor to his family and friends. He may have been behind the DJ booth, but the spotlight always seemed drawn to his friendly, vibrant personality.

Larry had many victories as a competitive arm wrestler starting in the 1980's until the 2000's, but continued to participate casually long after. As an avid pool player all of his life, Larry thoroughly enjoyed being the heart and home of the Pigeon Coop as well as co-hosting TNT's Off The Rails show, streaming local pool players and games. A deafening drag strip, long rides on a motorcycle, and watching pro wrestling matches and NASCAR races were among Larry's favorite pastimes.

A legacy of laughter and warmth echoes in every bar he played music, every pool hall where he won (and sometimes lost), and especially in the hearts of those who he loved and who loved him most.

Larry passed peacefully at home on Wednesday February 9, 2022 surrounded by his family. He will be remembered as a genuine free spirit, a loving son, brother, father, and grandfather, and a dear friend to all. He was deeply loved and will be forever missed.

Larry is survived by his mother, Karen Van Horn; sisters Kristie Wagner (Anthony) and Karla Border (Rick); children Jessa Loza (Jerrell) and Jacky LaFavre (Will); grandchildren Aeva, Ivy, and Ashton Loza; grandparents Arnie and Betty Johnson; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; his partner of many years Amy Herbon; and, among many friends, Mark Burkholder, Joe Neal, and Todd Stillwell.

Larry was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Phyllis Johnson, paternal grandparents Glenn and Mary LaFavre, Uncle Arnie "Joe" Johnson, and his beloved son, Brandon Allen LaFavre.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry's memory and mailed to the care of McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071

Larry's family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to his vast network of loyal friends whose never-ending love and support carried him through the difficult years following his cancer diagnosis in 2020. The family is also deeply grateful for the dedication and kindness of the doctors and nurses who cared for him. Larry loved you all