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Larry R. “Hammer” Mahler  



Dec. 20, 1940 – July 24, 2010  
Culver — Larry “Hammer” Richard Mahler, 69, of Culver , passed away J uly 24, 2010 after losing his battle with lung cancer.

Larry was born Dec. 20, 1940 in Leiters Ford, to Pete and Dorothy Mahler. He graduated from Aubbeenaubee High School in Leiters Ford. Larry started his career as a mechanic at an early age.

In 1960 he married Sharon Baker with whom he raised three children. His first job as a mechanic was for his father-in-law Chuck Baker who owned the Standard Service Station. He quickly became known as the “go-to-guy” for automobile repair. It was not until 1990 that he opened his own “Hammer’s Garage” at 535 S. Main Street. Soon after, Ron James was hired. Later Larry purchased the building at 215 W. Jefferson St. which remains the current location. Ron James will continue as new owner and operator of “Hammer’s Garage.”

Hunting and fishing in earlier years, and mushroom hunting in later years, were his favorite past times. He was known to go to extreme lengths to protect the location of his mushroom hunting spots. Hammer’s happiest moments were s haring stories at the garage. He always had time to tell or listen to a tale being spun.

He is survived by a son, Edward Mahler of DeBeque Colorado; daughters, Susan Mahler and Lisa Mahler both of Culver ; grandchildren, Gavin and Chloe Salyer; mother, Dorothy Mahler; sisters, Ginger Shirley (Keith) of Albuquerque N.M., a nd Pa ulette (Dick) Hanna of Plymouth; brother, Greg Mahler of Monterey; seven stepchildren; stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren; faithf ul dog Missy; and shop cat Sassy.

Preceding him in death were his father, Ernest “Pete” Mahler; and wives, Donna Sheperd Mahler and Vickey Farlow Mahler.

Visitation will be at Odom Funeral Home, 104 E. Lakeshore Drive, Culver , Wednesday, J uly 28, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, J uly 29, at Odom Funeral Home with burial at Culver Masonic Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Marshall County Humane Society in lieu of flowers.

The family is gratef ul to the Center for Hospice Care and the many friends and customers of “Hammer’s Garage” for their kindness and thoughtf ulness expressed during his illness.




Thursday, j uly 29, 2010
Culver Citizen

Culver — Larry “Hammer” Richard Mahler, 69, of Culver , passed away J uly 24, 2010 after losing his battle with lung cancer.

Larry was born Dec. 20, 1940 in Leiters Ford, to Pete and Dorothy Mahler. He graduated from Aubbeenaubee High School in Leiters Ford. Larry starting his career as a mechanic at an early age.

In 1960 he married Sharon Baker with whom he raised three children. His first job as a mechanic was for his father-in-law Chuck Baker who owned the Standard Service Station. He quickly became known as the “go-to-guy” for automobile repair. It was not until 1990 that he opened his own “Hammer’s Garage” at 535 S. Main Street. Soon after, Ron James was hired. Later Larry purchased the building at 215 W. Jefferson St. which remains the current location. Ron James will continue as new owner and operator of “Hammer’s Garage.”

Hunting and fishing in earlier years, and mushroom hunting in later years, were his favorite past times. He was known to go to extreme lengths to protect the location of his mushroom hunting spots. Hammer’s happiest moments were s haring stories at the garage. He always had time to tell or listen to a tale being spun.

He is survived by a son, Edward Mahler of DeBeque Colorado; daughters, Susan Mahler and Lisa Mahler both of Culver ; grandchildren, Gavin and Chloe Salyer; mother, Dorothy Mahler; sisters, Ginger Shirley (Keith) of Albuquerque N.M., a nd Pa ulette (Dick) Hanna of Plymouth; brother, Greg Mahler of Monterey; seven stepchildren; stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren; faithf ul dog Missy; and shop cat Sassy.

Preceding him in death were his father, Ernest “Pete” Mahler; and wives, Donna Sheperd Mahler and Vickey Farlow Mahler.

Visitation will be at Odom Funeral Home, 104 E. Lakeshore Drive, Culver , Wednesday, J uly 28, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, J uly 29, at Odom Funeral Home with burial at Culver Masonic Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Marshall County Humane Society in lieu of flowers.

visitation was at Odom Funeral home, 104 E. Lake Shore Drive in Culver (574-842-2082), on J uly 29 from 2 to 8 p.m. the funeral took p[lace at 10 a.m. j uly 29 at Odom funeral home, with burial in Culver Masonic cenetery.

The family is gratef ul to the Center for Hospice Care and the many friends and customers of “Hammer’s Garage” for their kindness and thoughtf ulness expressed during his illness.

ron james will continue as new owner and operator of 'hammer's garage"






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