Larry Thill

Larry Thill


February 4, 1942 - June 10, 2022


Larry Thill, 80, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, June 10, 2022, at his home under hospice care in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 17, at RiverTree Church (Mitchell Wesleyan), in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday, June 16, from 6-8:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 7:30 PM prayer service.

Larry Matthew Thill was born February 4, 1942, to Matt and LaVonne (Schuster) Thill in Alpena, SD. Larry attended school in Mt. Vernon.

After high school, he worked at Western Chevrolet for eleven years as a line mechanic specializing in automatic and standard transmissions. Larry then started his own shop, Larry’s Transmission in 1972, later renamed Budget Transmission and then renamed Transmission Pros, and worked there until his passing.

Larry was united in marriage to Janet Marie Long on May 1, 1961, in Mt. Vernon, SD.

Larry is survived by his wife, Janet of Mitchell; sons, David (Sue), Kevin, Todd (Alisa), Shane (Deb), and Troy (Kelli) all of Mitchell; daughter, Michele Thill of Mitchell; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren; and siblings, Marvin Thill, Diane (William) Neugebauer, Marilyn (Brad) Hills, Dennis (Peggy) Thill, and Barbara (Jim) McFarland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sharon Neugebauer; grandparents, Nick and Lena Thill and Matt and Nora Schuster; brother-in-law, Gene Neugebauer; and sister-in-law, Claudia Thill, Father-in-law Mark Long, Mother-in-law Marie Long.

Larry gave his life to Jesus Christ at age 42 and strived to serve his Personal Savior by extending his talents as a mechanic and business owner to those who crossed his path in need of help.

Larry used his last days here on Earth to share the Gospel of the Living God and the need for a personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.



Thursday, June 16, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Sue Woodraska on June 26, 2022
So sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed visiting with Larry when I stopped down to the shop.
Posted by Brent Schmitt on June 22, 2022
My condolences to you all of you, Larry was very kind and always had time for a chat when I saw him 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Posted by Scott & Michelle Studer on June 18, 2022
Sympathies to the entire Thill family. Larry was a good man and always made hello and chat when we saw him. He will be missed.
Posted by Sheila DeBoer on June 17, 2022
Thinking of you at this time. May you find comfort in your faith, family and friends.
Posted by Pat & Ted Nelson on June 17, 2022
Our sincere sympathy. May our Lord and Savior give you peace and comfort to your whole family.
Posted by Sonya & Joshua Parrish on June 16, 2022
Larry was always kind hesrted and very welcoming. I remember when we were in the midst of the building process at the Wesleyan church he welcomed me to park in his driveway if needed. He always said hello whenever I saw him anywhere, not just at church. So happy to know he is with our heavenly Father now.
Posted by Cindy Schneider on June 16, 2022
Your dad was always so nice and pleasant to me at church. I was always so happy to see him there. Like everyone else has said…a kind man who wanted to greet all of us and make us feel special!
Posted by Sandra and Ron Ruml on June 14, 2022
Im sorry for your loss, but how glorious for Larry to meet his Savior. We were blessed to have known him, always a friendly and sweet man. He would want us to follow his example and be a light for others to know Jesus and accept him as our savior.
Posted by Jon Arnold on June 14, 2022
Sorry for your loss. Larry was one of the kindest gentleman I ever knew, he was compassionate to all he knew. Great Christian testimony, he'll be missed.
Posted by Daniel Thill and family on June 14, 2022
Hi Janet and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was one of the kindest and most generous man I know. I have many found memories of him. Will continue to pray for him and family.
Posted by Jodi Schladweiler on June 14, 2022
So sorry for your loss
Posted by Kelly Hills on June 14, 2022
Janet and family I was sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was always so nice to be around. Prayers for peace to all of you.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on June 13, 2022
So sorry for this sad loss . Larry was a great guy to everyone that was blessed to know him !! You all are in our prayers !!!!!
Posted by Dave Coseo on June 13, 2022
I remember first meeting Nadine's Uncle Larry at my future father-in-law's house over dinner. Larry was chewing on a chicken bone and had a sparkle in his eye and a ready smile. It felt like he was looking inside me. It was slightly intimidating if I am completely honest. Over the years, Larry never lost that sparkle. On my infrequent visits, I looked forward to seeing Larry, either in the transmission shop with his arms in the solvent tank or at a lunch or dinner get together. I knew I could count on Larry for some good natured ribbing and sense of humor. Larry was clearly the much loved head of the clan and he graciously and lovingly accepted me into the extended family. Larry came to my rescue at one of the most difficult times in my life when we were selling a house in Mitchell. He found a buyer and brought over the family to help us empty out and clean up the place. Larry may as well have thrown me a life preserver and pulled me from a raging river, as the impact was the same. To him, it was just something you did for family. To me, it was removing a heavy burden that I don't know how I could have lifted without him. I will be grateful to Larry for the rest of my life. Larry was clearly a strong man who was strong enough to be meek and kind, and I am a better man for having known him. I am sorry for your loss.
Posted by Leah vissia on June 13, 2022
So sorry for your loss and prayers to all the families our thoughts and prayers are with you
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on June 13, 2022
Our sincere sympathies, to Larry’s family.
Posted by Mike and June Wenade on June 13, 2022
Prayers to your family and all the other families too! He was an amazing man and an adorable Grandpa! He was such a fun, caring man, we certainly enjoy our visits with him too!
Posted by Nadine Coseo on June 13, 2022
I have fond memories of Uncle Larry from my childhood. I know he will be missed by many. My condolences to Aunt Janet and the whole family.
Posted by KIETH CARLSON on June 13, 2022
Posted by Curt & Judine Hills on June 13, 2022
A great man who has left us far too early. We send our condolences to the entire family. RIP Larry.
Posted by Dennis and Joan Selfridge on June 13, 2022
Missing a great and beloved friend.
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