In Memoriam : Larry Bandy

Larry Bandy Larry Joe "Teddy Bear" Bandy - age: 67
(February 13, 1948 to April 24, 2015 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
Per Larry's wishes, there will be no public services.

Larry Joe Bandy, age 67, of Benton; died at 4:05 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born on February 13, 1948 in Logan, IL, the son of Raymond J. Bandy and Helen (Meacham) Bandy. He married the former Linda Susan Calonne on September 13, 1971.

Larry was a coal miner, having last worked at Old Ben Coal #24, and he was a member of the U.M.W.A. Local #1342. After a career in coal mining, he and his wife owned and operated several different restaurants in the area.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Viet Nam War.

Larry enjoyed watching football, playing cards, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Linda Susan Bandy of Benton; his father Raymond J. Bandy of Logan; two daughters, Kim Eubanks and husband Tim of Sesser, and Jody Smith of Benton; three grandchildren, Bayley Eubanks of Sesser, T.J. Eubanks of Sesser, and Dawson Smith of Ewing; a brother Lonnie Bandy and wife Loretta of Logan, Carolyn Irvin of Logan, Patti Absher and husband Bobby of Logan; a brother-in-law Jerome Calonne and wife Virginia of West Frankfort; a sister-in-law Marsha Murphy of Carbondale; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Bandy, and a brother-in-law Rick Murphy.

Per Larry's wishes, cremation services will be accorded. The Leffler - Poulson Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Larry Joe "Teddy Bear" Bandy, may be made to the American Diabetes Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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My sincerest condolences to your family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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