Larry Goracke

July 12, 1941 ‒ July 21, 2015

Lexington, Ohio
Formerly of Butler, Ohio

LEXINGTON: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 ESV) Larry M. Goracke went home to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, July 21, 2015 in his Lexington home surrounded by family following an extended illness. He was 74.

He was born July 12, 1941 in Hamburg, Iowa to parents Martin & Florence (Dovel) Goracke. After high school, he furthered his education by attending the University of Nebraska and remained a lifelong Cornhuskers football fan.

In 1987, a woman named Charlene Patterson caught his eye and the pair soon married on April 16, 1988. Larry worked as a civil designer, most recently with K.E. McCartney & Associates in Mansfield for over nine years. He was a hard-worker and after his retirement he took the position of property manager at First English Lutheran Church in Mansfield.

Larry was a man of his convictions who saw the world in black and white and did not tolerate fools. He was a fan of Mannheim Steamroller and liked to use the phrase “coyote ugly.” Larry wisely invested the most valuable commodity into his grandchildren: time. Rather than spoil them with treats and gifts, he took them camping, played dominoes on the floor with them, taught them how to fish, and turned ordinary days into adventures. He adored his grandchildren and they will always remember him singing “Horse Puckey.”

Larry anchored his life in a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He and his wife are faithful members of First English Lutheran Church and he was always the first to lend a helping hand. He also served on the Central Committee for the Richland County Republican Party and was a Precinct Judge for elections. Larry also volunteered at the Lucas Area Food Pantry for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Charlene Patterson Goracke of Lexington; four children Jennifer (Peter) Dean, Bob Thorpe, Lisa (Bryan) Selby, and Lara Bonebright; seven grandchildren: Gavin Dean, Chloe Dean, Annette (Kyle) Repka, Joe Goracke, Katy Goracke, Marques Keel, and Alex Keel; his father Martin Goracke; a sister Lois (Dr. Richard Goode) Goracke Goode; two nieces; and his adorable little black Pomeranian, Tess.

In addition to his mother, Larry was preceded in death by two sons, Michael “Pat” Goracke and Martin Goracke, and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service honoring Larry’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 in First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West in Mansfield and friends may call the half hour prior.  Pastor Andy Jones will officiate and a private burial will be later held in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to First English Lutheran Church may be sent to the church: 53 Park Ave W, Mansfield, OH 44902. Please put ‘In memory of Larry Goracke’ in the memo line and donations will benefit the youth group.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Larry’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • Charlene & Family,

    It was so nice to meet you and Jennifer today. I enjoyed hearing about Larry’s life and personality! It was a nice reminder that spending time with loved ones, like he did with his grandchildren, is a more valuable gift than anything we can purchase.

    Remember I’m only a phone call away should you need anything.

    Hannah Snyder, your funeral director

  • Charlene and family,
    Larry will be greatly missed, He always had a kind smile or word anytime you saw him. Rest in peace Larry. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.

  • Dear Ones,

    Larry was one of the “good guys”. He was a kind man and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all and he really did fight the good fight.
    I am sorry for his passing. May God bless you all and give you peace.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We will always remember his positive attitude and willing to jump in and help whenever needed.

    Our deepest sympathy to all his family, but just remember he is in a better place. Those of us left behind are the ones left to suffer.

    Joel & Linda Piker Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church; Lucas, Ohio

  • What a honor to have worked with Larry in the Republican party and the Lucas Food Pantry. He had great ideas and was willing to help all.
    He set a great example of how to handle adversity.
    RIP good man.

  • Condolences to you and your family, Charlene. If there is anything we can do to help you, let us know. Doctors and Staff

  • Sis,thinking of you in your time of need. My thoughts and prayers are will you. Love Barb

  • The members of The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, The Members of the New Mexico Minutemen, Gayle( Minute Mama) And Myself (Chromedome) Join you in mourning the loss of this fervent patriot, courageous Minuteman and dedicated family man. To us he was known by his radio call sign “Buckeye”. He will be remembered for his important contributions to the Minuteman Project and his selfless dedication to protecting our Nation at the border.

  • Charlene & Family,

    I was very sad to hear about Larry’s passing. I am thinking of you , with lots of prayers.
    My heart goes out to you and your family.

    With caring thoughts,
    Kate King