Dr. Larry Edward VonHolten, 81, Carthage, Missouri, went to be with the Lord February 28, 2021 at 3:15 pm at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, Missouri. He was born December 23rd, 1939 in Parsons, Kansas; son of Otto Edward and Violet Lakin VonHolten. He graduated from Labette Community High School in 1957. He had dreams of being a professional baseball player. In high school, he also played all the sports: football, basketball, and track. After working with The Jones Store Co. and little college, he decided to go to Cleveland Chiropractic in Kansas City, Missouri; he graduated in 1968. He met his wife Nina Marie Hendershot through her roommate. They married on June 3, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. He worked his Chiropractic practice for a couple of years in Blue Springs, Missouri. Then in 1974, he got the opportunity to practice in Carthage, Missouri, so the family moved to Carthage.
Survivors include his children, Sheril VonHolten-Cartwright (David), and Dr. Eric VonHolten (Sheila); grandchildren, Becca Rustin Laney (Doug), Bethany Rustin Perry (Matt), Hannah Miller, Kelsey Cartwright-Cotten (Scott), Candice Cartwright, Kaiti VonHolten-Lucas (Nile), Kenzie VonHolten, Sydni VonHolten, Zoe VonHolten, Sam VonHolten, and Shasta Moudy; great-grandchildren, Furious Laney, Bradley Holland, Atreu Laney, Kyler Perry, Audrey Perry, Addison Cotten, Alexis Cotten, Hayven Cotten, Trinity Olmos, Tannon Olmos, Soren Lucas, and Olivia Smith; brother, Darrell VonHolten (Kay); niece, Kelly Butaud (Arthur); great-niece, Lauren Moorehead (Jared); brother-in-law, John Paul Hendershot (Daisy); niece, Julie Cook (John); and an AFS daughter, Gisela Flores.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Hendershot VonHolten; his parents, Otto and Violet VonHolten; a brother, Melvin VonHolten; and sister-in-law, Barbara Hendershot.
Funeral services will be held 11 am, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Park Plaza Christian Church, Joplin, Missouri. The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until service time at the church. Per Larry’s wishes, cremation will take place after the service, and private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Park Plaza Christian Church Missions Fund in care of Knell Mortuary. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.