The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 3, 2013

Larry Tompkins

In Loving Memory

Larry Tompkins

September 9, 1941 – March 31, 2013

MESA, Ariz. — Larry Tompkins, 71, of Mesa, AZ and formerly of Clinton, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Mesa, surrounded by his family. There will be no services or formal visitation, a local family remembrance was held.

Larry was born September 9, 1941 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Robert and Crystal (Funnell) Tompkins. He was a 1959 graduate of Clinton High School. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran. Larry married Connie Covert on March 14, 1965 in Clinton.

Larry was caregiver to his wife. In past years, Larry had various careers such as serving on the Clinton Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. He also owned the Cottage Inn in Clinton. He worked several jobs in Arizona, such as pest control, airport security and security in a gated community. He was also part owner and manager of the Shangri-la Resort in Arizona. He moved to Arizona in the late 1970’s.

Survivors include his wife, Connie of Mesa; son, Kurt Tompkins of Paradise, AZ; daughter, Lori (Greg) Nicholas of Mesa; grandson, Dexter Nicholas, who was the light and joy of his life, he was very proud of him; Mother, Crystal Tompkins of Clinton, IA; brother, Duane (Libby) Tompkins of Quebeck, TN; brother, Bill (Debbie) Tompkins of Camanche, IA; sister, Linda (Chuck) Byers of Clinton, IA; sister, Phyllis (Jim) Hall of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Nancy (Kevin) VanZuiden of Fulton, IL and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; his brother-in-law, Kenny Vogel; and his grandparents..

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Death date: March 31, 2013

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