Larry E. Condron loved being outdoors, passing down hobbies

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 5:04 p.m. CST; updated 3:41 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 2, 2013

COLUMBIA – Larry E. Condron was a hands-on outdoorsman who liked spending time with friends and family. 

"He never met a stranger," his wife of 34 years, Judy Condron, said. "He loved to talk." 

Larry E. Condron, 66, of Harrisburg, died Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013.

Mr. Condron was born on June 25, 1946, to Gene and Edie White Condron in Dawn.

Mr. Condron started working for the Missouri Department of Transportation after graduating from high school in Wheeling. In 1982 he left his job as an inspector of new highway projects at MoDOT to work for the City of Columbia. He worked for the city as an inspector for new street and sewer products until his retirement. Mr. Condron also served in the Missouri Army National Guard from 1965 to 1987 and retired as a staff sergeant.

After retirement in 2008, Mr. Condron became a man of many hobbies.

"He always said you could do anything if you put your mind to it... he was always looking for new projects," Mrs. Condron said.

Mr. Condron enjoyed activities that required being outside and working with his hands. His most recent project was restoring his father's old farm tractor. He also enjoyed bass fishing and deer hunting on his own. One of his favorite things was spending time in the woods alone and cutting wood. 

"He had learned so many things over the years... when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he wanted to pass on all of his knowledge," Mrs. Condron said. "He hated to leave it all behind."

He even spent time trying to pass his knowledge down to his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Condron, his sons Michael, Darren and his fiance Mindy Diggs, and Corey Condron and stepson Joshua Sims, his sister, Kathryn Condron, and his grandchildren, Brent and Nathan Condron, Allisa and Aaron Sims, and Peyton Diggs.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at Jacksonville Veteran's Cemetery, 1479 County Road 1675, Jacksonville, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Community Hospices of America, 600 Monroe, Suite 100, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101, or to the Green Hills Hounds Program at Moberly Police Department, 300 N. Clark St., Moberly, Mo., 65270. Online Condolences can be left at

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