Larry Schramm

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Larry August Schramm, 78, of Smithton, IL, born June 19, 1944, St. Louis, MO, died Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at his residence.

On a warm August night in 1968, Larry and his friends, Ed and Buzzy strolled into Smithton in his sleek Chevy convertible.  It was then Larry encountered the Lang “Porch Gang” and met the love of his life, Linda. After spending a whopping $124 and change and the cost of a marriage license, they were married on October 11, 1969, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton. Thus began a 53 ½ year life of love, family, and marriage.

Papa was a perfect best friend. While he was always there for you, it was always presented with a little bit of zest. You could say it was the “Larry way”. He was witty and sarcastic in nature. He always had the perfect come back, with a goofy crooked smile across his face. Papa loved to shop, when he wanted to give anyone a gift, he ensured his little elves knew the game plan, procured the package, wrapped it in the prettiest paper with bows, told him where they hid it, and then forgot a million times where they said they had placed it. Even though the recipient most likely knew about, saw, and was there to purchase the gift with him, he ensured that he would still have it prepared with love. Papa was always honest about what he thought and made sure that everyone knew as he spoke from his zesty, playful heart, but always had good intentions. When he wanted something done it was going to be done right, Larry’s way, and when he wanted it done. Most times this worked out in my favor for little projects I needed help with, but not so much when it came to our car Papa’s prized PT Cruiser convertible, Little Larry. Everything had to be pristine and up to date, waxed and polished. Grandpa was into all of the newest technology and always had to have it, much to everyone else’s dismay – I always encouraged these purchases. Some of his favorite collectables were animated Christmas and Halloween figures. Although the basement and garages were stuffed full of them and we had just cleaned out a majority during the move to his new home, he bought what made him happy to tinker with. He took in other people as his own and made sure all of us were on the right path. Papa taught us to be smart, to keep your bail money on you, be sarcastic, be playful, spread your love far, and to accomplish everything you can dream you can do. (Isabela Greene, Granddaughter).

Larry was a United Stated Army veteran. He worked as a printer and retired from for the Belleville News Democrat. Larry was a devoted member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. He was a member of the American Legion GEM Post 937, the Smithton Commercial Club, and a lifetime member of the Millstadt VFW Post 7980.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry August and Mercedes Marie, nee Horrell, Schramm; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oscar and Virginia Schenewerk; and his beloved pet, Zeus.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Linda Marie Schramm, nee Schenewerk,
three children, Brittney (Bill) Greene, Matthew (Elizabeth) Schramm, and Kenny August Schramm;
his bonus children, Hannah (Billy) Schenewerk Mauch and Zachary Schenewerk (fiancé Tanisha Rodriguez);
five grandchildren, Isabela and Liam Greene, Thomas and Marian Schramm, and Will Frerking;
seven brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Warren (Donna) Schenewerk, Jacki (Dan) Flanagan, Rosie (Bill) Sei, Susie (Danny) Godier, Maryette (Dave) Roy, Lloyd (Dawn) Schenewerk, and Jeff (Jenny) Schenewerk;
his much loved nieces and nephews, Christopher (Angela) Schenewerk, Angel (Robbie) Topoozian, Brian (Tracy) Schenewerk, Christine (Rick) Law, Becky (Brian) Schumacher, Bill (Christine) Sei, Elizabeth Sei, Hannah (Billy) Mauch, Zachary (Tanisha) Schenewerk, Dominick Schenewerk, Andrew Schenewerk, Oscar Schenewerk, Rachel Page, and Jonathan Page;
great-nieces and great-nephews, Jesse, Kody, Kyle, Ryan, Clayton, Madison, Billy, Elise, Sydney and Joshua;
dear friends, Helen Heid, Michael, Beverly, Bryan, and Lauren Stolze, and Fr. Stan Konieczny;
and his goddaughter, Dawn Barlock Baker.

We would like to thank his doctors, Dr. Christopher Schenewerk, Dr. Syed Abdul-Aziz, Dr. Douglas Dothager, the nurses and staff at Memorial East ICU Unit and The Southern Illinois Rehab Hospital, and Danny Godier for his love and support.

Words cannot describe how much Larry’s family appreciates all the love and support from their family whose love is boundless and ever ready.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Restoration Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Renner Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2023, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

FuneralA Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2023, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stan Konieczny officiating. Burial of cremated remains with military honors will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL, at a later date.


15 Comments on Larry Schramm

Martha Young said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 4:33 PM

I'm sorry to hear of Larry's passing. You have many people that love you and will help you through this difficult time. God is love.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Pat Carrico said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2023 at 10:14 PM

Linda and family I just sat down resting and it come to me who must of past I seen Lloyd Dawn and Zach look like they just came from church and then read the news at Renners obit,I want to say your in my thoughts and prayers and always my heart because of the love that was always shared to be part of family next door. Love Pat Carrico

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Barbara A Widel said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2023 at 8:34 AM

Matt, so very sorry for your great loss. What a beautiful obituary. After reading that I now know why you are such a kind and wonderful person, a bit of your dad rubbed off. I know that no matter how old you are losing a parent, leaves such a hole in your heart. He was a fine, fine man and did an excellent job being a wonderful father who invested love and time into his family. My prayers are with you.

  • Belleville, IL
  • IL
Sandy McClelland said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2023 at 7:28 PM

Linda - My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Wow, so many fond memories. To know Larry was to love Larry for his wit, his sarcasm, his laugh and the $1.00 he would tip me in advance for his Beast :). But most of all I will remember what a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend he was. Love to all

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jan Renner Watson said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 11:43 AM

Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I worked with him for 18 years at the paper. That was the thing about the paper, people worked there a long time. We all had a lot friends there and it felt like they were family. Please accept my sympathy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Alyce Taucher said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 9:40 AM

Please accept my sympathy for you and your family.

  • Shelbyville
  • Illinois
Kip Rhein said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 9:27 AM

Linda, so sorry to hear, please except my sympathy. I will always remember working with Larry. The thought, memories, just put a big smile on my face. Peace

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Todd Eschman said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 9:15 AM

Very sorry to learn of Larry's passing. I worked with him at the BND and we'd visit from time to time in his dark little cave, lit only by his array of computer monitors. He was serious and efficient about his work and a good guy to joke around with. My condolences to his family. RIP Larry.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Shara Nichols said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 8:24 AM

Thank you for sharing the wonderful tribute to Larry. What a legacy he has left for his family to cherish and follow. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. The Nichols Family

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Paul Schlesinger said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 8:07 AM

Linda so sorry for you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

  • Springdale
  • Arkansas
Mark & Kim Forcade said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 6:45 AM

To Linda, her family and Schenwerk families, we were very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry we cannot make to the visitation please except our sympathy.

  • Smithton
  • Il said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 11:24 PM

Linda, I am so sorry to hear about Larry, please know that you and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers

  • St. Louis
  • Mo
Deborah said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 7:27 PM

Sorry for your loss

  • Dover
  • Tennessee
Bonnie Harms said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 3:05 PM

Sorry for your loss (Will’s grandmother)

  • Trenton I’ll
  • Ill
Dan & Jacki Flanagan said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 1:29 PM

Larry will be missed, even the hard times he tried to give us. His smile and kisses (for Jacki) was his special way. Love to Linda and family.

  • Chino Valley
  • AZ

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