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Fall 2024

A Life Lived Amongst Lives Lost

Serving as the Village Undertaker

by Larry McElwain with Chris Meggs

$28.00 USD / $32.50 CAN
The term “village undertaker” sounds antiquated and tends to conjure images of colonial or frontier America. Yet in these modern times, there is a man who claimed this title with pride and carried out the duties of honoring the dead and helping grieving families in a time-honored tradition.

Larry McElwain knew from an early age this would be his life’s work, but the life of a funeral director is not always cloaked in the black robe of death. Larry looks back on the interesting requests and situations he found himself in. He shares unexpected stories, both serious and humorous. He also remembers the unique personalities that found their way into his life.

Whether you are struggling with grief, helping someone during their time of loss, or finding your way in dark times, Larry’s experiences can help.
A Life Lived Amongst Lives Lost
Fall 2024

About the Author

Larry McElwain

As a funeral director for over 45 years, Larry McElwain has an exceptional understanding of America’s relationship with death and how we grieve. Through the years, he has helped people through unimaginable grief. Larry’s commitment to service extends beyond helping families honor their loved ones. Through the years, Larry has also generously donated his time and energy to many business, community, and charitable organizations. Most notably, he served as the President and CEO of the Lawrence, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and President of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association. Larry is also a member of the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas and the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and backpacking. Larry and his wife Susan live in Overland Park, Kansas. They have five children and 13 grandchildren.


Autobiography/Biography/Celebrity, Mental Health, Self Help
Publication Date
Fall 2024
16-page photo insert
Trim Size
5.5” x 8.5”
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