Frank Joseph Larry, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Frank Joseph Larry, Jr.

October 14, 1953 - January 11, 2019

Frank Joseph Larry, Jr., age 65, passed away peacefully at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Friday, January 11, 2019. Frank was the son of the late Frank Larry Sr. and Juanita Alley Larry, and was born in Welch, West Virginia. His family moved to Newark, Delaware in the mid-1960s and Frank began school there, graduating from Newark High School in 1971 and the University of Delaware, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, in 1975.

Frank had a career of distinction and service. After graduating from University of Delaware, he served as a Federal law enforcement officer in Wilmington, Delaware. He then moved to Washington, D.C. and served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Sentencing Commission. He travelled the United States teaching Federal judges about the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Frank ended his Government career by working for the Department of Homeland Security. While working at the US Government, Frank began making connections in the music business community and in Nashville by volunteering for many organizations in the music industry. Frank’s good character and agreeable personality won him many friends and trusted business colleagues. After he retired from the US Government, he followed his dreams, and was able to spend more time in Nashville. Frank and his wife, Karen, together with Dan Truman (keyboard player for Diamond Rio), founded a music publishing business, A Million Midnights Music, in Nashville. The business employs several staff songwriters and has provided music to several major artists as well as TV and movies. Frank was working with several new acts and recording artists at the time of his death and has left a positive impact with countless artists and business colleagues in Nashville, and all over the world. Frank was an accomplished songwriter himself and had many of his songs recorded and performed by others. Frank was known all over the United States as honest and trustworthy; his reputation for ethics and integrity, in addition to his energy and creativity, made him a highly sought-after business partner and mentor. Frank was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, uncle, great-uncle, cousin, friend, neighbor and co-worker. He brought laughter and joy to countless people worldwide, and mentored many young government employees, songwriters, and musicians. Frank will be missed by all who knew him, and he will be remembered well and loved deeply.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Larry Sr. and Juanita (Alley) Larry. Frank is survived by his wife, Karen Clark; his sons, Nicholas and Lucas Larry; his sisters, Anita L. Cutonilli (Robert Webster) and Vickie Rasnic (Joseph); aunt, Peggy Alley Beers (Frank); mother-in-law, Mary Jo Clark; sister-in law, Kathy Clark (Melodye Zimmerman); brother-in-law, Hal Clark; nieces, Alexis Cutonilli (Kyle Montgomery) and Samantha Rasnic; great-nephew, Jack Montgomery; special cousin, Sam Larry, who is like a brother; granddaughters-by-marriage, Talia and Christina Bailey; nieces and nephews-by-marriage, Cody (Becca), Hunter (Raven) and Hali Clark, Emma (John) Gilroy, Mitty (Kris) Copeland; Mason (Beth) Rasnic, Melanie Rasnic, Sarah (Curtis) Lawyer; great nephews-by-marriage, Hunter Greenfield, Jax Clark, and Knox Clark; and many cousins and extended family.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4pm until 6 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, with Father Ogden presiding over a prayer service beginning at 6 pm. A second visitation will be held from 1 pm until 3 pm on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 3 pm. The celebration will continue at the Newark Country Club, 300 West Main Street, Newark, DE. A committal service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in the chapel at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE, with Father Ed Ogden officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to national non-profit Guitars In the Classroom (GITC) or to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. To learn more about GITC, we encourage you to visit them online at Additionally, you may write them at GITC, 1761 Hotel Circle S, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92108, or phone their executive director, Jess Baron at (619)578-2326 to discuss your contribution. For the University of Cincinnati Medical Center please give online or mail to the UC Health Foundation, 3200 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229.


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27 Condolences for Frank Joseph Larry, Jr.

  • My sincerest condolences to the entire family. Though I never had the opportunity to meet Frank, it is obvious that he was a remarkable human being. His life is a testament to how we all should strive to be.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and love during this difficult time.

  • Karen, so sorry for your loss as well as all the people Larry touched. He will live on in your heart. Teresa

  • I am very heartbroken to say goodbye to a loved childhood friend. Frankie liked remembering the days he spent in Besoco, WV. My love and prayers go out to Karen, Anita, and Vickie as well as to the rest of the family. God bless each and everyone of you.

  • Karen, Nick, Lucas and family, my heart goes out to you all and your family. Frank has always been so kind to our family, his loss is deeply felt by us. Sending you love and peace during this difficult time, he truly will be missed.

  • Chuck Berry Once Told Me

    Later Dear Ole Friend
    Miss KAREN Still Need UR Email !!!!!

  • We are so sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful, loving man. Our cousin was incredibly generous in every way. He kept after me until I finally agreed to let him make my accordion CD. Now, thanks to Frank, I have an amazing keepsake to leave to my family. He has been such a great, fun part of our lives and the lives our whole family. We will miss him SO much.

  • Karen, Nick, Lucas and family – I’m sending love and healing thoughts now and in the days to come. There are no words to ease your sorrow, but God provides hope – the hope of the love shared with Frank that lives on in your heart and memories that time cannot erase. My prayers are with you during this difficult time and I hope you find comfort in precious memories.

  • I will always remember Frank rocking out on Johnny B Goode! My deepest condolences to Karen, Nick, Lucas, Frank’s sisters, and family. He was a remarkable man.

  • My dear Karen, I am heartbroken for you and am so sorry for your loss. I pray for your comfort, peace and strength in the days to come. The sweet memory I have of Frank is meeting him only once, but true to form, it was one of those “fast-friends” situations. Bobby and I met Frank at our RBHS 40th High School reunion, bless their hearts they agreed to attend with us! Bobby and Frank hit it off right away and as we chatted, we got a taste of Frank’s musical talent when he broke into an in-the-moment tune, tapping his foot, bobbing his head, and we all had a big laugh together! I still have the lyrics on a loop in my head! What a sweet reunion we will all have again someday gathering together in heaven, meanwhile, I know Frank is busy keeping the angels in beautiful song! In deepest sympathy and love, Bobby and Janet Locke

  • Loved seeing Frank every time he came back home to Delaware. He was one of the kindest men I knew. He will be missed by everyone.

  • Sincere sympathies to family and friends. Frank, was my Newark Senior High School classmate, who always had a good heart, and word to say, and will be missed by many.

  • Sincere condolences to Karen, Nick, Lucas and family. Frank was truly one of the kindest, and most generous men I knew. I will miss talking to him and I treasure all the good memories. Please take comfort in knowing how many lives he touched.

  • Dearest Anita and family. Sadly I did not know your brother but after reading his life story I feel as if I do know him. What a wonderful man and what a wonderful life he lived. He gave so much to so many – if we all only were successful at one tenth of what he accomplished I would say we were truly blessed. I’m so sorry for your loss and there are never the right words to say but know that my family is sending you and your family strength and comfort to heal and remember Frank for the life he lived and the contributions he made. What a great man he was! We will all be reunited with our loved ones someday – that we know is certain. God bless you all.

  • I knew Frank from High school. He was a friend to everyone. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. May our Lord wrap His loving arms around you at this difficult time.

  • My dear sister, there aren’t words that will convey to you the deep love I have for you. Frank was a one in a million in oh so many ways. He bravely joined one of the craziest families around and found his place quickly. His wit and wisdom were perfect tools to allow us to see that big heart of his. I know he loved you and the life you two had created together. I will treasure many memories of time spent discussing family, career and music. His talent and willingness to share it are such strong indicators of his love of life and the joy of living it. We will miss our Turtle….. Fly Frank Larry Fly…. til we meet again.

  • Karen & Family, what a wonderful guy Frank was…..I met Frank thru friends at the Dickinson Dances & in Newark…Just a great guy…..Very personable…..So sorry for loss…..

    Chris Pollinger

  • I was glad that I was able to meet Frank and spend time with and create memories to cherish! I am grateful that he has was a part of our family. He will be missed by so many.

  • Regretfully, we hadn’t seen cousin Frank in several years, but followed his many accomplishments on social media. During a visit, he gave us a CD of his song “Think of the Child First”. We will treasure it even more now. Our prayers go out to Karen, Lucas, Nick, Anita, and Vicki that they may find comfort, peace, and strength remembering all the good times.
    Sam and Ellen Morello

  • Karen, Nick, Lucas & family,

    There is nothing that hasn’t already been said that we are not feeling. A true man of his word, a friend to us all. Our sincerest love and condolences until you meet again.

    With love ❤️
    Gail (NHS Class of ‘71)

  • To My Dear Friend Karen and Family . I know your loss is great but your cherished memories will eventually replace your sorrow. Frank was a very Gentle Man in every sense of the word. May the music you now hear Frank be filled with all of your favorites and May you guide all of us to hear along with you! May you Rest In Peace and comfort.

  • My deepest sympathy, thoughts, prayers and love to you Karen and the entire family on the loss of Frank. May the love and many wonderful memories you have of Frank give you comfort and peace.

    Linda Piconi Harman

  • Karen, Nick, Lucas and family,
    Frank was a friend and classmate to many of us. He was an extraordinary man. He was a great musician and professional man. I know that we will all see him again. God speed Frank.
    Deborah Berry
    NHS 1971

  • What a wonderful thing to have known Frank. His love of music was inspiring to fellow musicians. I was amazed by his joy and how easily he shared it with others. I saw first hand how he truly never met a stranger. I’m going to miss you, friend. Troy

  • Karen, Nick, Lucas, and family,

    Frank was a friend and we lived next door to each other in Delaware during the 1980’s. Frank was a kind and very special person who touched so many people whom he met over the years. I cherish the times we had every Saturday morning when we went out to breakfast and talked about his love for music. I had the opportunity to go with Frank to Nashville on several trips during those early years. His dream was always to live and work in Nashville and work with the various songwriters. I’m glad he got that chance to live his dream. I will miss you and think about you often. God speed. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

    Keith Millison

  • Karen, Anita, Vicky, Nick, and Lucas,
    Frank’s celebration of life was beautiful tribute to a man that was deeply loved, seriously respected, and will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Prayers for each of you…comfort and peace.
    Love & prayers… Sandie

  • I was blessed to have met and to have enjoyed two or three conversations with Frank Larry. He was easy to get to know and enjoyable to talk with because he was a great, humble gentleman. I resonated with Frank immediately, and I have one regret: that is, I did not get to spend nearly enough time with him, however, we will remedy that in the sweet by and by, and all eternity! Rest easy, my friend!