Larry Shaver

Obituary of Larry Shaver

Larry S. Shaver, 74, of Bedford, Indiana passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Born March 14, 1943 in Bedford, he was the son of James E. and Rachael H. (Houston) Shaver.  He married Carolyn (Lone) Shaver on July 27, 1974, and she survives. 

He graduated in 1961 from Bedford High School, studied at Indiana University and the University of Virginia, and graduated from the 118th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  A Vietnam-era veteran, he served in the communications intelligence branch of the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966, including Foreign Service in Japan.  He was a life member of Gillen Post #33 of the American Legion, where he served two terms as commander and was a life member and past president of Stone City Lodge #94 of the Fraternal Order of Police.  He retired from the Bedford Police Department in 1987 after a 21 year career where he served as patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, detective captain, assistant to the police chief, and chief of detectives.  He retired in 2013 following a 25 year career with Indiana University where he served as the associate director of risk management. 

Larry was concluding his four year term as a member of the Board of Grand Trustees of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which he was installed at during the 149th Grand Lodge National Convention in July 2013.  With a national membership of approximately 900,000 Elks there are only eight Grand Trustees, one from each of the eight geographical areas of the national Elks organization.  Initiated in 1967 as a member of Bedford Elks Lodge #826, Larry completed over 50 continuous years of Elks membership including serving as State President in 2004-2005.  In 2014, he was named both a Sagamore of the Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel by the Indiana and Kentucky Governor’s respectively.

In addition to his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by daughter, Diane (Boyd) Utz and her husband, Randy; son, Steve Adams and David Sipes; grandsons, Riley Grauer, Alex Adams, Logan Utz, and Avery Adams; nieces Teresa Sulenos and Beth Sullivan-Jawitz, and her husband, Jay; and great-nephew Ryan Sullivan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James H. Shaver.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, June 2 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 1 and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday, June 2 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider a memorial contribution to the White River Humane Society in Bedford or the Elks National Foundation ( Family and friends may express condolences at