Larry Allen Antonides

October 16, 1945 - February 22, 2021

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Friday, February 26, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Friday, February 26, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Larry Allen Antonides, 75, of Kendallville died as the result of an accident on Monday, February 22, 2021, at his residence.

He was born October 16, 1945, in Tallahasee, Florida, to Lee and Nadine A. (Smith) Antonides.

On August 5, 2006, he married Mary E. (Miller) Slonaker.

Mr. Antonides attended the Watsontown Alliance Church in Pennsylvania.

Larry enjoyed horses, especially his horse named Smooth, being outdoors, IU basketball, and boxing. He loved to race and he and his Dad built and raced cars. To this day, he owns the dirt track record from 1968 at the Avilla Raceway. Always elbow-deep in grease, he was often found turning a wrench and tinkering to make a dollar. He was known as a handy hustler and a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.

Surviving are his wife, Mary E. Antonides; three daughters, Tonya Antonides of Auburn, Tara (Todd) Smith of Avon, and April (Carl) Waters of Churubusco; two sons, Troy Antonides of Kendallville and Arthur Antonides of Kendallville; a stepdaughter, Dawn (Rick) Benfer of Winfield, Pennsylvania; a stepson, Randy (Sharon Walker) Slonaker of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren, Mikayla Ayres, Colby Antonides, Sadie Smith, Robert Samuel Smith, Devin Clark, Taylor Waters, Sarah Waters, Autry Lee Antonides, and Reston Roy Antonides; two great-grandchildren; and his dog, Reba.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Antonides.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Mike Albaugh of Destiny Family of Faith in Kendallville officiating.

Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville.

Pallbearers are Arthur Antonides, Todd Smith, Devin Clark, Jose Gallo, Adam Pontius, and Rocky Blaskie.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Per the Governor, face masks are required.

Larry’s funeral service on Friday will also live stream on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 1 p.m. for those unable to attend in person.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Noble County 4-H Horse and Pony Club.

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Guest Book

Diane Leighty
February 27th, 2021 3:37am

Tonya, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!!! God be with you all!! πŸ™πŸ»πŸŽ

Roger Conley
February 27th, 2021 1:59am

I'm very sorry to hear this... I spent many days working with Larry and his dad, when I was a kid. I will never forget what a good friend he was. Peace be with the family.. I've lost a good friend.

Jeanne M Hosted
February 26th, 2021 10:39pm

I have known Larry all of my life and loved talking horses with him. We always enjoyed seeing Larry at breakfast. Our grandson Max asked" Grandma is he a REAL cowboy?" I told him " yes he is!" He always looked for him and always enjoyed shaking his his hand! Please know that our family have you all in our prayers. REST IN PEACE COWBOY!!!!!

james cunningham
February 26th, 2021 7:38pm

It is with heavy heart as I'm reading my email today; my deepest sympathy go to Larry's family! God bless you all!

Martin & Ruth Cunningham
February 26th, 2021 7:16pm
Grove City, Ohio

We are sorry to hear of Larry's accident and sudden passing. We send our sympathy to ALL his Family and loved ones, who will be missing him, so much. May our Good Lord Bless & Keep, & Sustain each one, during these difficult days of grieving and loss.

Richard and Mona Baisch
February 26th, 2021 5:22pm
Punta Gorda Florida

Prayers he will be missed.

Aaron and Tammy Watts
February 26th, 2021 2:24pm
Zolfo Springs Fl

So thankful to have met Larry, a sweet man who ministered to his wife Mary πŸ’— we would always go and find them both at fairs to encourage them & then they would always be the ones to encourage us!!! Larry is living out our promise now and for that we rejoice 🌟 but our hearts ache for Mary and the family as they walk this life in his absence 😒 praying the Lord will meet every need πŸ™πŸ» Love you 😘

Wayne and Bobbie Holland
February 25th, 2021 10:32pm
Roff, Oklahoma

We met Larry and Mary at a Fair in Pennsylvania. Our Son had became friends with them while he was working there in Pennsylvania Leveling/Skidding Oil Wells. We fell in love with both of them and found out they had bought one of our neighbors ranches just the next section over. We went to church together when they were in Oklahoma on there ranch. Enjoyed always seeing them. Larry and Mary never met a stranger and always wanted you to come set and visit with them. We will miss our dear friend and we are keeping Mary and the family in our prayers. Heaven gained a real sweet country gentleman and we are all better for crossing paths in this life. Rest In Peace until we meet again.

Patty Strand
February 25th, 2021 1:45pm
Walker, MN

So sorry to hear about your father, Tara. My condolences to you and your family.

Mark Lewis
February 25th, 2021 4:56am

I was Larry's neighbor for a lot of years. We had some good conversations and I thought very highly of him . I am sure going to miss him. Ride easy, friend

Lynn Mellendorf (Belinsky)
February 24th, 2021 11:19pm

Sorry for your loss. I'm the daughter of Maxine (Smith) Belinsky who is the twin sister of Larry's mother Nadine.

Judy Bergman
February 24th, 2021 7:51pm
Watsontown, PA

Thoughts and prayers for you, Mary, and all the family at this difficult time. Praying for travel mercies back to PA.

Natalie Ogle
February 24th, 2021 6:13pm
Indianapolis, IN

I'm so very sorry to hear the news of your dad, Tara. My love and prayers are with you and your family.

Russ Newton
February 24th, 2021 5:48pm

I'm so sorry for you and your family, Tara. I'm sending my sincere sympathy and wishing you all peace and comfort.

Karl Bruhn
February 24th, 2021 5:09pm

Saddened to learn of your loss, prayers for the family.

Charlie and Molly Strawser
February 24th, 2021 4:40pm
Milton, PA

Sorry for your loss

Dino and Judy Baca
February 24th, 2021 4:27pm
Watsontown, Pa

Thinking and praying for each of you as you go through this difficult time.

Jim Smith
February 24th, 2021 4:15pm
Auburn, IN

So sorry to hear about Larry! We all send our Condolences! From; Uncle Jim, & Karen,& Todd Rodman

Rachel Hardy
February 24th, 2021 4:04pm

I'm so very sorry to hear this news this morning. My heart and prayers goes out to your family during this incredibly difficult time.

Dianne R Moreno
February 24th, 2021 3:54pm
Carmel, IN

Tara, and family, I am so deeply sorry for your father's passing. I see, Tara, where you developed your love of horses. Please accept my sincere condolences. May God bless and keep you and your family during this difficult time and may He give you peace.

Terrie Grooms
February 24th, 2021 3:48pm

Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family Tara.

Jerry Campbell
February 24th, 2021 2:51pm

Sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We graduated together in 1964.,we were also were in sports together. Larry's Dad owned the service station on the corned of Dowling and Park Ave.. next to the Bowling Center that my Dad had. We weren't real close but I consider him a good friend. I'm sure he will be missed. Your family has my condolences and prayers.

Hope Hanes Fey
February 24th, 2021 11:20am
Indianapolis IN

Larry was much beloved by classmates at KHS class of 64. And could he dance! As time went on, I admired his resourcefulness and great love of horses. My thoughts are with his family.

February 24th, 2021 9:53am
Meadville Pennsylvania

Rest in Peace my friend,you will be dearly missed as you ride that highway in the sky.Prayers for family.

Dustin and Chelsey Kreigh
February 24th, 2021 1:49am
Kendallville, IN

Larry was kind soul and we will miss him greatly. He treated our kids as if they were his own and I can still hear him yelling at Reba to calm down and stop playing fetch. He’d tell me stories and tell me how proud he was of his kids. It was a pleasure taking care of his mom and getting to know him and having him as a friend. Prayers for Mary and his family.

Arvin Knox jr
February 24th, 2021 1:44am

Larry was a really good guy!!So sorry for the loss I will be praying for the family

Karen Klepzig
February 24th, 2021 1:26am
Altamont , Illinois

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Sherry Beights Slessman
February 24th, 2021 12:17am
Empire, Mi

So sorry to hear about Larry. He was my first boyfriend in the sixth grade. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Larry. Doug and I send prayers to his family .

Frank and Lesia Morton
February 23rd, 2021 9:42pm
Kendallville, IN

We are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Our hearts ache for your loss and we will pray for your comfort and strengthen for the days ahead. Psalm 147;3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Allen & Anita Coe
February 23rd, 2021 7:55pm
Rural Retreat, VA

Sadly Missed. May God comfort all. Didn't see Larry a lot but he was a kind soul. We have fond memories of his trips to Dalton's and tales of his and Reba's adventures.

Wes Shelton
February 23rd, 2021 7:54pm
Rural Retreat, Va

I'm so sorry to hear about Larry. Prayers for Mary and family.