Larry Frank “Weasel” Adkins Sr.

September 08, 1946 ‒ September 07, 2014

Cardington, Ohio
Formerly of Galion, Ohio

Larry Frank “Weasel” Adkins Sr., age 67, of Cardington and formerly of Galion, died Sunday afternoon, September 7, 2014, at Marion General Hospital following a three year battle with cancer.

On September 8, 1946, Frank was born in Walsh, Kentucky, in Greenup County, one of ten children of the late Oscar and Lizzie (Carr) Adkins.

One night when hanging out at a bonfire with his many friends in Greenup, Kentucky, Frank met his wife to be Patricia Wireman.  Shortly thereafter they were married on June 7, 1964.  Together they have cherished their 50 years of marriage.

Wanting a better life for his family, Frank started working on the County Railroad, which took him to live in Toledo for a few years, and then to Galion.  While in Galion, he worked at Peabody Galion Corp. and at Galion Ironworks as a painter, until he was injured in an accident.

Since he was only 22, Frank has also owned and operated his own body shop, Adkins Body Shop, which he ran out of his home in Galion for over 35 years.  He and his older brother, Joseph Adkins, taught themselves to be mechanics, and they could figure out a way to make anything run.  He also was a very skilled carpenter, who made many porches and gazebos for his family and friends to enjoy.

When Frank wasn’t tinkering on cars, he loved to be camping with his wife and family.  Also, wherever he was camping, he made sure there would be a place where he could go fishing, which was his favorite pastime.

Having a green thumb, Frank loved planting a huge garden every year that would produce more crops than they would know what to do with.  He also was very particular about his yard, which he loved to mow.  After everything was just so at the house, he would then enjoy sitting on the back porch to watch the birds and squirrels play.

Always there for his family and friends, if they needed anything they knew he would be there for them.  He also was the patriarch of the family, being a good provider, teach and role model.

He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his wife, Patricia Adkins of Cardington; three children: Barbara Davies of Crestline, Larry F. “Chopper” Adkins Jr. of Edison, and Patricia Bensen of Oregon; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Jim Adkins of Williamsburg, KY, and Bobby Adkins of Greenup, KY; two sisters: Louise Griffith, and Alberta Stephens, both of Greenup, KY; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Frank was preceded in death by four brothers: Alva, Joe, Harold and Donald Adkins; and a sister, Betty Wilbur.

His family will greet friends from 1 – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 2 p.m., with his brother-in-law, Steve Stephens officiating.  Burial will follow in Marengo Cemetery.

Rather than flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the care of the funeral home to help his family with unexpected expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Frank’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • So sorry to hear about Larry. Patty, I know what your going through. My husband passed away three years ago. Sudden death. Just have to live one day at a time.
    Will be keeping you in prayer. Sorry I won’t make it to the funeral. I have to go back to work tomorrow.

    • Thank you Pam,
      Daddy will be missed, but at least I have to believe he is out of pain, he suffered. And he was a fighter.
      Thank you again,

  • I always thought of Uncle Frank as the Gentle Giant he always made me feel welcome at mamaws house or any place i would see him. My love and prayers go out to his wife and kids and brothers and sisters.

  • So sorry for your loss. I will always remember him as a young handsome cousin. I am sure his spirit will now find rest from his pain and suffering.

    So sorry
    Elva ‘Kay” Anderson James

  • Cousin Frank and I were best friends as youngsters in Walsh. We had a lot of fun together. Frank was a wonderful human being and I will remember him forever. His Mother was an angel. God bless my cousin Framk!!!!!

  • I am so sorry to hear about Frank. As Kaye said, he was a very handsome cousin. I love him and will miss him dearly. We had so much fun growing up and our dinners at grandma’s. My heart is heavy today.