Sunday 14th July 2024

Larry Dean “Papaw” Zuckschwerdt


Larry Dean “Papaw” Zuckschwerdt, 57, of Puryear, Tennessee, died Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Saint Thomas Hospital West in Nashville, surrounded by his family.

Born Sunday, April 24, 1966, Arab, Alabama, he was the son of the late Otto Zuckschwerdt and the late Gracie Wade Zuckschwerdt. In addition to his parents, Larry was also preceded in death by two children: Larry Adam Kemppainen, and Justin Kemppainen; four sisters: Gloria Shumaker, Deloris Williams, Teresa Newell, and Dorothy Christine Zuckschwerdt; a son-in-law: Todd McKinney; a brother-in-law: Jackie Williams; and his faithful dog: Willow, that brought so much joy to his life.

Larry formerly worked for Bill Holland’s Construction Company.

He enjoyed working with model cars, working wooden puzzles, watching wrestling, being Papaw to his grandbabies, and cheering on the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide – Roll Tide Roll.

Survivors include his seven children: Stacy Kemppainen, of Puryear, Mandy (James Cathers) Kemppainen, of Puryear, Megan (James) Catt, of Puryear, Susan (Robbie) Witt, of Paris, Wayne Kemppainen, and Jesse Kemppainen, both of Puryear, and Tommy (Morgan Hulett), of Paris; two sisters: Ruth (Randy) Phillips, of Jackson, Tennessee, and Kathy Crouch, of Murray, Kentucky; four brothers: William Zuckschwerdt, of Paris, Jimmie Zuckschwerdt, of Hazel Green, Alabama, Jerry Zuckschwerdt, of Georgia, and Danny (Stephanie) Zuckschwerdt, of Puryear; 10 grandchildren: Steven, Bella, Skylir, Lilly, Jamie, Sydney, Anthony, Rhianna, Silas, and Novie; two great grandchildren: Ace and Avery; many nieces and nephews and their families; the love of his life and best friend: Kathy; and a special caregiver and friend: Paige Harris.

Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tennessee, 38242, will be handling the services.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

His graveside service will be held Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Big Sandy, Tennessee, at 1 p.m. with his brother: Danny Zuckschwerdt, officiating.

Papaw’s children will serve as pallbearers for the service.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: James Cathers, James Catt, Robbie Witt, and Little Bill Zuckschwerdt.

Burial will follow the graveside service in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Larry requested that no flowers or gifts be sent, but that memorials may be made to Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tennessee, 38242.