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Obituary for Albert Lawrence “Larry” Barley

Albert Lawrence (Larry) Barley passed away on August 31, 2018 as the result of Alzheimer's disease.

Larry was born in Detroit, MI on August 13, 1942 to Albert C. and Elizabeth G. Barley. He graduated from St. Patrick High School in 1960 and Georgetown University in 1964. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy as a Russian interpreter, he returned to Portland. He worked with his father at Barley Earhart Company and when his father retired he took over as CEO. For many years, Larry was active in the Ionia County Republican Party and also served on the Portland City Council and Portland School Board.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Sue; son, Tim Barley of Hermosa Beach, CA and daughter, Ann (Mike) Kissane of Portland. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Michelle (Brandon) Trierweiler, Alex, Riley, Leah, Isabelle, and Cora Kissane; and great-grandsons, Aiden and Brody Trierweiler. Also surviving are his sisters, Mary Lou Martin and Gail (John) Nowak, his brothers-in-law, Jim Owen and Tim (Mary) Owen and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Betsey and Joan Barley.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Mike Alber at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland. Rite of Committal will follow at Portland Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge Street, Portland.

Contributions in Larry’s memory can be made to the Father Flohe Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at

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