Larry D. Wroten

Larry D. Wroten

December 30, 1950 – November 5, 2018

Preceded in death by his parents, T.D. and Betty Wroten; daughter, Christina Marie Wroten.  Survived by wife, Donna E. Wroten; son, Christopher (Lana); daughter, Kimberly Spieker (Jim); five grandchildren: Olli, Amelia, Brodie, Astrid, and Emmalynn; sisters, Brenda Lewis (Donnie) and Carylon Sumpter; brother, Gary (Michelle); nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 11th from 2pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Monday, Nov. 12th at 10am, Spirit Life Church, 4815 Harrison St.  Interment, Cedar Dale Cemetery in Papillion with military honors. Memorials to American Cancer Society.

Larry loved his family and enjoyed being a Grandpa. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren.


Larry grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Drumright High School in 1969. 1973 was a big year. He was married in May, received his Business degree from Oklahoma State University, and entered the US Air Force a few months later. 

During the next twenty years, Larry and his family traveled to many parts of the country, exploring canyons, caves, and historical landmarks; stopping to visit museums or collect rocks and fossils; watching missile launches and shuttle landings; and making trips to places such as Disney World and the 1982 World’s Fair. He talked about panning for gold or searching for diamonds, but did find rose crystals in western Oklahoma.

Larry enjoyed sports, whether playing in the neighborhood softball league, coaching his daughter’s softball team, watching one of the grandkids play a game, or watching the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

He liked watching movies, from westerns to science fiction, historical documentaries to Alfred Hitchcock, He also enjoyed performing with local theater groups, and always had a joke to tell. He was an avid reader, and always had a book to recommend for anyone who was interested. He collected coins, arrow heads, and fossils. He always had a music player with him, and enjoyed everything from rock to a ukulele orchestra. He even had his own guitar and ukulele.

Larry spent many hours riding his motorcycle, and one of his favorite pastimes was taking his kids or grandkids on a fishing trip to the local lake. He always had a story to pass along about something one of the kids had said or done. Every year, he invited the kids and grandkids to help select and decorate the Christmas tree, and to make sure the nativity scene was set up just right in the front yard.



  • Annette Spencer Posted November 6, 2018 4:17 pm

    My condolence to the Wroten family, I had the pleasure to work with Larry at CSGi, he told funny stories and shared beautiful pictures of his grandchildren. He was a patient teacher and a good friend. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace Larry.

  • Kailash Rajwani Posted November 6, 2018 4:22 pm

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person.

  • christy menendez Posted November 7, 2018 9:11 am

    so sorry to hear. I enjoyed Larry and getting to know him. He was tough and very vocal, but that’s what made him, him. He’s missed greatly. I’m happy I was able to be a part of his care in the past. Sending prayers and love to you all.
    Christy .

  • Judy Pfeifer Posted November 7, 2018 9:11 am

    Please accept my deepest sympathy with Larry’s passing. We knew each other for a very long time at CSG (20 plus years). It was always a pleasure to work with Larry. He was a helpful and kind man. May he rest in peace.

  • Phil Smith Posted November 7, 2018 10:32 am

    We have been neighbors for over 25 years and will never forget Larry. Most neighborly visits in the front yard would start with a quick “how’s it going?” and end five minutes later. When talking with Larry, however, those chats could last an hour or sometimes longer and cover many different topics from family to politics to stories from his past. I will miss those impromptu chats with Larry but am so glad he was part of our lives on Driftwood Drive. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Rachel Quinn Posted November 7, 2018 10:50 am

    My Condolences to the Wroten family. I worked with Larry for many years at CSGi. He was a wonderful person as well as patient when dealing with my many questions over the years. He will be truly missed.

  • Todd Smith Posted November 7, 2018 10:50 am

    My condolence to the Wroten family. After spending 16 years as next-door-neighbors I have become very familiar with the topography of the lawn my brother and I would mow. Larry was a very kind hearted and funny person who will be missed very much. He was always there for our family whether he was dressing up as Santa, or introducing me to the song “play that funky music, white boy”, he had a great sense of humor and was always wiling to take a family picture on holidays. Larry was a great neighbor, and an even better person who will be missed dearly.

  • Zaid Al-Ahmar Posted November 7, 2018 1:09 pm

    My deepest condolences for your loss. You are your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • alana smith Posted November 7, 2018 4:52 pm

    from all the times that I mowed your lawn, to all the time I saw you in the front yard, to all the times that you cracked a joke, to being your neighbor for 13 years, you will be dearly missed.

  • Laura Barto Posted November 8, 2018 12:35 am

    I always remember Larry as a neighbor and friend to my older brother, Sam. Larry was never impatient with me as some of Sam’s older friends tired of a kid sister who wanted to tag along. My condolences to his whole family. May the peace of God surround your hearts and minds at this time.

  • Mary Adams Posted November 8, 2018 6:02 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the Wroten family. We have pleasant unforgettable memories of playing on a coed neighborhood softball team with Larry & Donna between 1983-1986. That was so much fun! During those 4 years we lived 2 houses down from the Wrotens. Our 2 daughters were close in age to Larry & Donna’s daughter Christina so they spent countless hours hanging out together.

    Mary & Dave Adams

  • Blake Smith Posted November 8, 2018 9:57 pm

    Larry was;
    My first boss. I mowed the front yard. As for the back yard, well that was more like blazing a trail in jurassic park. It was good work, and I was happy to do it. Afterwards I felt like I had really accomplished something. He was a great boss.
    He served out country in the United States Air Force. Thank you Larry!
    He was always honest and straightforward and in this day in age that is more refreshing than you will know.
    He was also a man who would dress up as Santa Claus just to make some kids happy next door (that was us)
    He will be missed. He will be missed because I think that he is the neighbor that everyone wants to have and wer’e grateful to know him for the wonderful time he was here. Thank you Larry!

  • Sammy Barto Posted November 9, 2018 4:46 pm

    Larry was a close childhood friend though high school. He will. be in all his friends hearts forever.

  • Richard & Beverly Cullum Posted November 10, 2018 9:26 am

    Brenda, Caroline, and families I am so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. I know we are cousins but never got to be around your brothers. I am sure we would love them like we love you two. Keeping the whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • PAtsy &Allen Williams, Grandma Becky Posted November 11, 2018 4:51 pm

    BRenda and Carolyn
    OUr thoughts a
    BRena and
    Brenda and Carolyn
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today and in the weeks to come.

  • Willie Fant Posted November 12, 2018 8:00 am

    My Condolences to the Wroten family. I worked with Larry for over 20 years at CSGi. Larry was a great person and a good friend. Larry would do anything he could for you and I will truly miss Larry Wroten.

  • Maria Smith Posted November 12, 2018 8:09 am

    My condolences to all the Wroten family. Larry was a great friend and neighbor. He always gave a friendly wave as we passed each other coming and going. He was always up for a nice chat as well, and genuinely interested in how we were all doing, what the kids were up to, etc. He often had a story to tell. Sometimes it was funny, other times touching, and I loved hearing what he had to say. I will miss Larry, but I am grateful for the memories I have from knowing him.

  • Rachel Johnson Posted November 12, 2018 4:19 pm

    I couldn’t have asked for a better next door neighbor growing up. I’m so grateful for having known Larry my whole life and will think of him every time I visit home in Papillion. I’m so happy I got to see him one last time at my wedding before he passed. My condolences to Donna and the rest of the Wroten family.

  • rachel penke kelley Posted November 14, 2018 4:20 pm

    I was truly shocked to hear of Larry’s passsing, so young. He was like a second father to me for 3 years of my childhood. Such a good father and friend to many. You will be missed. Eternal rest

  • Claudia Garrett Lunsford Jones Posted November 23, 2018 12:16 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! Larry and I were classmates in high school at DHS graduating in 1969! I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

  • Brenda Lews Posted February 5, 2019 3:06 pm

    I miss my brother!

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