Jon Larkins, age 65 of Perry, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. According to his wishes Jon was cremated and a graveside service will be held Friday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, IA. Memorials will be given to the family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. 

Jon Michael Larkins was born on February 4, 1953 at Des Moines, IA to George Marion and Mary (Williams) Larkins. He graduated from the Des Moines Public Schools. He was employed at Wiese Corporation, Osmundsons Manufacturing and lastly at the Progressive Foundry for 22 years.

He was a member of the Cross Roads Church in Perry. Jon was a talented musician and played guitar and sang, even writing some of his own songs. He could also write poetry. While living at the Rowley Community he painted vases and played Santa Clause at Christmas for the kids that came. He enjoyed fishing, telling jokes and making people laugh. He was always trying to help somebody that need help.

In death he rejoins his parents, George and Mary Larkins and 2 brothers, Martin and Bob Larkins.

Left to cherish Jon’s memory are his ex-wife, Sandra Pettry of Perry, IA, children, Thomas Theulen, Colfax, IA, step children, John Widen, Ankeny, IA, Bob Widen, De Soto, IA, Michael Widen, Perry, IA and Joella Lavagino, Twin Falls, ID, 9 grandchildren and siblings, Marion (Debbie) Larkins, New Virginia, IA.


Silent Story


The old man sat at the table there.

He went unnoticed no one seemed to care.


People were talking about events of the day.

But the old man sat alone,

With his face weathered and gray.


I sat down across from him.

He spoke not a word.

His face told a story

That only my eyes heard.


With snow white hair, and weathered brow.

The calloused hands from guiding a plow.


The wrinkled face, from the wind and rain.

The sad eyes that hid the pain.


I thought to myself how many roads have you walked.

Yes, his story was told.

As we silently talked.


I wonder in life when I turn old.

Who will sit across my table, and see my story told.


-Jon Larkins

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