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Lawrence E. Kinerson
November 1932 November 2009
Lawrence Edward Kinerson, 76, of Delhi, passed away unexpectedly at home last week. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 at Allen Mortuary. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Lakewood Memorial Park. A celebration of life and car show in Larry’s honor will follow at his home at 16543 W. Bloss Ave., Delhi.
Larry was born in Turlock to Ralph and Lucille Kinerson. He was a graduate of Turlock High. Shortly after high school, Larry joined the US Military as a Naval airman. During his enlistment — September 1951 to April 1954 — Larry served in Korea. He received several decorations, including Korean Service 3 Stars, United Nations, Navy Occupation and National Defense medals.  
Once he returned home, Larry settled into life with wife Donna Morris and their three children, Rick, Mick and Danny. Larry used his experience with auto body repair and created a life-long legacy of body work. He worked for several local body repair shops, including 13 years at Caines Body Repair Shop and 22 years at Smith Chevrolet Collision Center. He also worked at Bonander Pontiac, where he retired as a body shop manager. His career span even included owning his own body shop during the 1960s, K & W Body Shop in Concord. In 1968, Larry remarried to Linda Hawkins, and divorced in 1987.  
Larry remarried in 1990 to Sylvia Gomes. Larry’s passion in life was cars, boats, bikes, beer and his many friends. He had a love of classic cars. He didn’t just admire them; he participated in many classic car shows, winning awards and was known for his impeccable body work. Larry also enjoyed building boats, seven total. Larry was a member of a local motorcycle club, Valley Road Riders, and loved a motorcycle run. He was also a member of the Local Corvette Club during the ‘90s.
Among Larry's many great passions, he loved his family. Time spent with his children, and relishing in the time he had with his grandchildren, was important to him, even if he did miss a few important family events for a car show.
Larry is survived by his wife, Sylvia Kinerson of Delhi; mother, Lucille Marietta of Waterford; children, Rick Morris of San Diego, Mick Kinerson of Modesto and Stanley Laffranchini of Manteca; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a large extended family that includes Steve Scialabba, whom he was like a father to. He is also survived by sister, LaVaoughn Eldridge of Waterford; and bothers, George Kinerson of Spokane, Wash. and LaRue Kinerson of Turlock.
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