Larry Thurston, 80, Ottawa: July 1, 1940 – Aug. 30, 2020 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Larry Thurston, 80, Ottawa: July 1, 1940 – Aug. 30, 2020

OTTAWA, Kan. – Larry Thurston, 80, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, Merriam, Kan. He was born July 1, 1940, near Lyndon, Kan., the son of Floyd and Jessie Davis Thurston.

Larry had lived in Osage County for the first 50 years of his life and has been in Franklin County for the last 17 years.

Larry served in the U.S. Navy in the CBs from 1962 to 1964. He was a farmer and stockman, bulldozer operator, and worked in county and city government as a public works director and city manager in Eureka and Lyndon. He was involved in the local and state school boards and soil conservation. He was a member of the Ottawa First United Methodist Church.

Larry was married to Carol Christiason, Jan. 28, 1960, in Topeka, Kan. Carol preceded him in death on May 3, 1991. Larry married Linda Wasmund in 1992.

Larry was preceded in death by two sons, Trenton Thurston in infancy and Todd Thurston; his parents, Floyd and Jessie; a granddaughter, Hally Yust; and a daughter-in-law, Rachel Thurston.

Larry is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; two sons, Tom Thurston, Lyndon, and Thad (Lori) Thurston, Osage City, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Diane Thurston, Overland Park, Kan.; four stepchildren, Jenny (Shon) Yust, Spring Hill, Kan., Heidi (Ryan) Lynch, Ottawa, Kan., Stephanie (Richard) Barrett, Carmel, Ind., and Pete (Anna) Heiniger, Prescott, Wis.; sister, Neva Thurston, Lyndon; 16 grandchildren, Alex (Kalena), Beau (Mary-Lynn) and Noelle Lynch, Parker, Macy and Zoey Yust, Ethan, Alyssa and Evan Barrett, Trent and Travis Thurston, Chae and Marcus Aills, Shane Jackson, and Catherine and Penelope Heiniger; and two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Bennett Lynch.

A private family memorial service will be held and streamed 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, on the Ottawa First United Methodist Church Facebook page. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Larry, Carol, Jessie Thurston Scholarship Fund for Marias des Cygnes Valley High School or Team Hally at, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

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