Larry Daily

Published 12:03 am Sunday, August 13, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — A memorial service for Larry Daily, of New Orleans, will be held at a later date under the direction of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home.

His ashes will be scattered in Daily’s beloved Mississippi River.

When a River-man passes it is said that he has ‘Put out the long line and gone up the hill.’   So it is with Daily.

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Mr. Daily was born in Mulberry, Ark., in 1955.

He was a second-generation river-man.  He worked on the river and for the river all his life.

He graduated from Natchez Adams High School in 1973. He earned his degree from Mississippi State University in 1977. While in school he worked for the Natchez Boat Store and as a deckhand for Canal Barge lines. After graduation, Larry went to work full time as a dispatcher for Canal Barge in New Orleans and soon married the love of his life, April Gossett. Over the next few years Larry worked his way up to Vice-President and April presented him with two lovely children, a daughter Allyson Maxine and a son John Peters. The family also adopted a magnificent dog named ‘Gracie.’ In 1997 Larry accepted a position as senior vice president for Alter Towing Company in Bettendorf, Iowa. His children attended and graduated from Pleasant Valley High school in Bettendorf.

In the fall of 2000 he was promoted to president of Alter. During his professional career Larry served on the Board of American Waterways Operators, the Waterways Counsel. He was a two-term president of the Davenport, Iowa, Propeller Club. He served 3 presidents on the presidential committee for the Corp of Engineers. He was also a long time supporter of Living Lands and Waters and its founder, Mr. Chad Pregracke. In 2013 with changing times on the river, Larry took the opportunity to retire with April and join daughter Ally back in New Orleans.

It should be mentioned, that his father Captain Earl was a close hunting partner and a river-man himself.

Survivors include his wife, April; daughter Allyson, a son John Peters, his parents Betty and Earl; sister, Sandra Parker and her husband, Roddy; brother, Richard and his wife, Sara; sister, Cathy; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Daily’s family would be honored if memorial donations were made in his name to Living Lands and Waters. Please visit

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