Larry E. Machen, age 79 of Concordia, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village, Concordia.  He was born on Oct. 2, 1934, in Concordia, Kan., to Robert (Bob) E. & Lela M. (Hogue) Machen.
 Larry graduated from Concordia High School, attended the University of Kansas and later graduated from Beloit Vo-Tech as an LPN with his daughter, Linda, in 1981. Larry married Charlene L. Brown on Feb. 28, 1954, in Smith Center, Kan. Larry was an independent insurance salesman for Prudential Life Insurance.  He later worked as a chemical dependency counselor for St. Joseph Hospital, Concordia, and then in Texas for 17 years until his retirement when he and Charlene returned to Concordia. Larry was a member of the Elks Club, where he served a term as president and a member of the Men’s Golf Association. Larry enjoyed pheasant hunting, playing golf, KU basketball and his beloved Labrador retrievers. He adored his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His mechanical abilities and smooth even temper were legendary.
 Larry is survived by his wife, Charlene, Concordia; daughters, Cathy Forshee and husband Tom and Susan Kindel and husband Steve, both of Aurora, Kan.; son, Dr. Mike Machen and wife Sue, Quinter; grandchildren, Jeremy Forshee and Dr. Melissa Forshee, Dr. Samantha, Benjamin, Edward and Alexandra Machen, Ryan Balderston, Brent Tyler Reisdorph and Charla Reisdorph, Amanda Applebee, Amber Kindel and Darin Kindel  and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda K. Machen.   
 It was Larry's wish to be cremated and memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, with Jim Winter officiating at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia. Friends may sign the register book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.  The family suggest memorials to the O’Connor Animal Shelter, Concordia, in care of the funeral home.  For online condolences, please visit



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