Laurien “Larry” Jordan

TURNER – Laurien “Larry” Jordan, 85, of Turner, died Aug. 1, 2022, at the Hospice House in Auburn. He was born May 17, 1937, in Greene to his beloved parents Diana (Brule) Jordan and Herbert Ray Jordan. Larry was as devoted to working hard as he was to enjoying life and the people around him every day. A gifted mechanic and natural entrepreneur, he started his first business repairing bicycles when he was 12-years-old. Always interested in how things worked, he ran Larry’s Service Station on Farmington Ave. in Hartford, Conn., and on Boulevard in West Hartford, Conn., until retiring in 2002. Many lifelong customers were like family because of Larry’s warmth, honesty, and generosity.

Larry had a large family of his own, with seven children; Judy, Pamela, Christopher, Brian, Lisa, Robert, and Michelle; four stepchildren; Johnny, Catherine, James, and Julie, 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

He married Sarah (Remillard Atkins) in 1984. Their homes in both Manchester, Conn., and Turner were the gathering place for family and friends, holiday celebrations, and summer-long stays. Larry and Sarah enjoyed spending winters with friends and family across Florida and always had vegetables to share from Larry’s too-large garden in Maine. Married on his lucky day, Friday the 13th, Larry was excited to celebrate he and Sarah’s 38th anniversary this July with their favorite lobster rolls.

Larry proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin. A highlight of his retirement years was participating in the decommissioning of the ship to its new home in Norfolk, Va., in 2000, riding on it for its final voyage along with his former crewmates. A longtime member of the Army-Navy Club in Manchester, Conn., he was especially proud of his grandson, Steven Wheeler, for following in his footsteps to serve in the Navy.

Larry was unbeatable at any card or board game he played, the fastest jigsaw puzzler, and luckiest any time there was a bet to be made. One of eight children, he leaves behind three brothers, and many nephews, nieces, and lifelong friends who will miss his frequent phone calls just to say hello.

In celebration of Larry’s life well-lived, a graveside service for family and friends will be held Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., at Valley Cemetery in Greene, Maine. Memories may be shared at

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