Macer-Hall Funeral Home
600 South Main Street
New Castle, IN   47362

In Loving Memory
Larry E. Reuter
4/28/1959 - 2/26/2010

Larry E. Reuter, 50, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Pocahontas, Tennessee on Friday February 26, 2010.


He was born in New Castle, Indiana on April 28, 1959.


He was an Eagle Scout, member of Order of the Arrow, and recipient of God and Country Award from the First Friends Meeting. He was an active member of the Quaker Faith during his growing years. He was a 1977 graduate of Blue River Valley High School and attended Ivy Tech and I.U. East. He was a journeyman carpenter. He spent 9 years for the service of his country in the U.S. Army during which, he was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Ft. Hood, Texas, and the 11th ACR Observation Post located on the East/West German Interzonal Border. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 371, N.R.A., Audubon Society, and Bassmasters. He was a naturalist, saying “Every time I’m out in nature I’m in church.” He was involved in numerous conservation and environmental projects and groups. He was also an avid sportsman. While in New Castle, Indiana, he was active in the Democrat Party as Precinct Committeeman. He was employed 10 years at the New Castle Chrysler Corporation Plant before being transferred to the Mopar Depot in Memphis, Tennessee, moving to McNairy County Tennessee where he was known and loved as “Our Santa Clause”. He loved being Santa and seeing the smiles he brought on the faces of others was his reward.


He is survived by: his parents, Mike and Norma Jean Reuter; sister, Mickie Reuter Estes; nieces, Heather Estes Padilla and Kristen Estes; great-nephews, Dominick and Donovan Padilla, his little buddies, all of New Castle, Indiana; brother, Jeff Reuter of Indianapolis; aunts, Geneva Vincent, Tammy (Rick) Cline, Pat Reuter, all of New Castle, Indiana, and Mary Reno of Winchester, Indiana; uncles, Jack E. (Cathy) Reno of New Castle, Indiana, and Ronald (Joyce) Reuter of Indianapolis, Indiana; and lots of cousins. He is also survived by his Tennessee family, Amy and Dave Sheets, Doyle and Shirley Young, and Jim and Kim Harrison all of McNairy County Tennessee.


He was preceded in death by: his paternal grandparents, Elmer Reuter and Guyula Lane; maternal grandparents, Luther and Fern Reno; uncles, Terry Reece and Raymond Reno.


Larry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.


In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Larry’s name to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Public visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday March 3, 2010 at Macer-Hall Funeral Home in New Castle, Indiana. Private funeral service will be held at a later date.


There will be Military Honors presented by the V.F.W. and the American Legion 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 3, 2010 at Macer-Hall Funeral Home.


Online condolences may be made at


Macer-Hall Funeral Directors: Gary Hall, Sam Hall, and Mike Ragan will conduct the services.



Online Condolences
From: Jeannette Pitts   New Castle
Relationship:  Friend

I met Larry several year's ago,we became close friend's.As the year's passed we lost touch with each other.He was alway's very kind,alot of fun and very caring.I was shocked to hear of his passing.He will be sadly missed.
Sent:  2/27/2010
From: The Cooke Family   New Castle
Relationship:  Neighbor

Larry will truely be missed as a loving & spunky person. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his family & friends. He is resting in heaven, watching over us now.
Sent:  2/28/2010
From: Steve & Lana Guffy   Wenatchee
Relationship:  friend

Mike and Norma, Mickie & Jeff, We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Larry was a great example of what a Eagle Scout's life was. I got involeved in Scouting with my 3 sons because of the grat things that he had done while attaining his Eagle scout. He will be missed by all that knew him and he is now flying on the wings of eagles in the presents of God.
Sent:  2/28/2010
From: Maryvee Pursell   Savannah
Relationship:  Friend

Mickey, you are in my thoughts and prayers today. Hang in there.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: Leora Pearl Coles   Yukon
Relationship:  aunt

Mike and Jeanie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: Mark Bryant   Muncie
Relationship:  friend

Mike, Norma, Mickie, and Jeff... My deepest sympathy for your loss...Mark Bryant and family.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: David and Geneva Copeland   Covington
Relationship:  Friend

Mike and Norma, Mickie and Jeff. We will keep all of you in our prayers, during high school, Larry was a great friend and the best fishing buddy.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: Bonnie and Steve Hutson   New Castle
Relationship:  Friend

I met Larry when he and my husband were transferred to the Memphis pdc. He was a unique individual. He was my daughter's very first Santa. He will be greatly missed.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: Kelly & Kenny Land   Carthage
Relationship:  Freinds of Scouting

Your sorrow is felt in a time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: Cheri Bennett Sturgeon   Monticello
Relationship:  classmate/friend

Mike, Norma and family I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. A loss for all. I have very fond memories of Larry from school. I'm sorry too that time and life travel so fast we fail to keep in touch as we should. I wish I would have took the time to let Larry know how good it was to know him.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sent:  3/1/2010
From: Curt Elliott   Indianapolis
Relationship:  BRV 77 Classmate

I have a picture of Larry from our 10th reunion. He is wearing a pair of sunglasses and smiling from ear to ear. Cause and effect, that was Larry. I too, have great nieces and nephews instead of my own children that I am very close to. Maybe that is due to the fact that we never want to grow up. I date back to scouting when Mike and my father were Scoutmasters at Mt Summit and Mooreland and Larry and I were the Scoutmaster's sons. I will never forget those days and have never been camping since..... In the mid 1980's, my father had a stroke and was in Henry Co. Hospital and probably not receiving the best of care when Mickie privately told me to get him out of there as soon as possible. That was the sole difference maker of him walking again and living another fulfilling 18 years and am eternally grateful. My Dad played Santa Claus for many years, had his own suit and even beard at one point, and undoubtedly felt it was one of the most gratifying experiences of his life. I see Larry experienced the same. As you can see, there have been many parallels and fond memories of the Reuter family from my perspective. I certainly wish we had been able to get Larry to our last reunion so we would have had one last memory of him, however, leaving memories was definitely something that Larry didn't slight you on. Shed a tear for yourselves if you must Reuter family but remember to follow it up with a big ear to ear smile for Larry.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Vikkie & Eddie Witham   New Castle
Relationship:  Co-worker

Our condonlences to the Reuter family. May God's peace through Jesus Christ bring you comfort. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. With Greatest sympathy.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: vicki and carl hinshaw   mt. summit
Relationship:  old neighbor

we are so sorry to hear about your son, larry. we know jeff and i did ceramics at your house years ago. we live at the corner of 36 and 100 east. vicki and carl
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Travis Bassett& Family   Rockford
Relationship:  Great Friend

Words can not even come close to describing what a great friend and person Larry was.We could go on for hours about all of the times he has made us laugh or helped when we were in need of anything.We are so thankful for having a chance to know Larry and for him to had been part of our lives, he will be greatly missed Love ya Rooty Root Travis Lori & the girls
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Scott Wolfe    Wood River
Relationship:  Friend

Mike,Norma-Jean,Jeff: I remember the first time I met Larry, we was on a camp out (my first one) He taught me how to sharpen an ax, took me on a hike (a long one!) We even went SNIPE hunting, again my first time and you guessed it Larry took me and scared the $%*& out of me...LOL Larry will be greatly missed and my thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: eugene & rita hollars   memphis
Relationship:  friend-ship

with caring thoughts to all of Larry's family, gene & I have precious memories that will live on in our hearts, our heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Love you Larry we miss you!
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Jeff Jeffries   Greenwood
Relationship:  Acquantance

I was a boy scout in Mr. Reuter's troop and I remember Larry taking us on a hike on one of our campouts. Even though he could be gruff, I know he cared about us developing into good men. The funny thing I remember about the hike was that he made me carry a hubcap back that I had picked up along the road. I think he figured if I was going to mess with the trash, then I should throw it away properly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Scott Edwards   Fort Madison
Relationship:  Friend

Mike, Norma-Jean, Jeff, Mickie, I am so sorry for the your loss. Larry was a great guy. I remember when I first met him he visited us on a campout. He was full of life and always helping out. He took us on a hike and we had a blast. Played capture the flag and he took us SNIPE hunting. He will greatly missed. Those campouts are great memories I will always cherish Our thoughts and prayers are with you family.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Valerie Holcomb Shaneyfelt   New Castle
Relationship:  Friend

I met Larry thru my brother anad you never saw him without a smile he will be sadly missed.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Eric (RED) Hasty   New Castle
Relationship:  Friend

Larry was the coolestest guy I knew. He always had a smile and was always great with the kids. I will miss him.
Sent:  3/2/2010
From: Mike McCall   Carmel
Relationship:  Friend

I fondly remember Larry from our days at BRV. Larry is remembered as a kind hearted, good natured individual, who never had an ill word to say about anyone. Larry was an industrious person who worked hard at everything he did, including being on the wrestling team and as evidenced by his accomplishments with the Boy Scouts and in other facets of his life since our days at BRV. Larry is remembered as a trusted and loyal friend. You could count on Larry to stand up for you, and to help you in any way he could, and to come up with some pretty corny jokes. Larry will live on in the fond memories possessed by the many people whose lives he touched, including my own. May God bless you and keep you in these difficult times. Your Loved One Lives In Your Heart Many tender memories soften your grief, May fond recollection bring you relief, And may you find comfort and peace in the thought Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought... For time and space can never divide Or keep your loved one from your side When memory paints in colors true The happy hours that belonged to you. ~ Helen Steiner Rice "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." ~ Thomas Campbell
Sent:  3/3/2010
From: Ed & mary Pierce   New Castle
Relationship:  friend

So sorry to hear about Larry you are in our prayers
Sent:  3/3/2010
From: Heather Padilla   New Castle
Relationship:  niece

My Uncle Larry was one of the best uncles ever. I have nothing but great memories of him and all of the wonderful things he did. He taught me how to shoot and how to me my first car (on his birthday) all things I will always enjoy in his memory. He was an awesome Santa Clause and made many great memories for children. He was an incredible great uncle and my boys were very loved by him. Dominick caught his first fish with Uncle Warry and now talks about going fishin all the time! I will never forget when he made the 9 hour journey back home when Donovan was first at Riley Hospital in the middle of the night...I believe it is because of him that Donovan is still with us today. I love you Uncle Larry and you are greatly missed...Thank you for everything you have done!
Sent:  3/4/2010

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