Larry Joe Chafin

August 28, 1939 ‒ January 10, 2015

Marengo, Ohio

Larry Joe Chafin, age 75, of Marengo, died Saturday morning, January 10, 2015, at his residence following a long illness.

On August 28, 1939, Larry was born in Red Jacket, WV, the son of the late Stewart and Anna (Lottes) Chafin. He graduated from Matewan High School in WV in the Class of 1958.

In 1963, Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during Vietnam. He received his honorable discharge in 1967.

On December 28, 1963, he married Helen Susan “Sue” Frisch in Chicago. They shared 35 wonderful years of marriage before she preceded him in death on September 18, 1999.

For 28 years, Larry worked at the Kroger Distribution Center in Whitehall, OH. He performed maintenance for the large refrigeration units. He retired from there in 2003.

Larry loved being in the great outdoors. He spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing, with his favorite place being Guernsey County, OH. He loved teaching his children and grandchildren, and even many of the neighbor children, how to hunt and fish. He also grew a vegetable garden for many years.

Larry was an old fashioned man. If something worked, there was no need to change it or get a new one. He found the good in every person and would do anything he could to help someone out. He always cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Larry is survived by his three children: Randy Chafin of Chesterville, Keith Chafin of Marengo, Tanya Hammond of Smyrna, TN; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; two brothers: John “Dink” (Vernie) Chafin of Marengo, George “Toots” Chafin of Chesapeake; and two sisters: June (Smith) Hinkle of Clyde, and Margaret Lewis of Mount Vernon.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and James Chafin, and a sister, Elizabeth Gue.

The Chafin family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held there on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Hospice Chaplain Jeff Slider officiating. Burial will follow in Marengo Cemetery.

As a “Thank You” for the loving care they gave Larry, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

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

  • Thank you for allowing Hospice of Morrow County the honor of caring for your father. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead and cherish the memories that will always be yours. He will be missed.


  • Deepest condolences to Randy, Keith, and Tanya and their families during this difficult time.


  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Your Dad made me feel like part of your family from the day I met him he had the most infectious smile that was contagious which is a good thing to catch

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts & prayers are with all of you!
    Larry was always so friendly & never failed to stop for a chat if he saw us over at my in-laws. I feel blessed to have gotten to know him!

  • My heart breaks for you all. Larry has been another “dad” to me since I was 6 years old. Always smiling, would do anything for anyone.
    He will be forever missed. Love to you all

  • Larry will be greatly missed. Always so nice when we would swing by to get Tanya for a day of adventures around our block. And never yelled at us for barging onto the party line anxiously waiting to call our friends. Well maybe Sue just never told on us. Miss Sue bunches! So sorry for your loss Randy, Keith and Tanya.

  • Walked a lot of miles with him and John in Perry co. I loved and thank God for every one of them. He was one in a million.Larry will be missed.Its hard to say good bye so remember the good times and thank God for them.

  • Loved talking to him as we returned from hunting adventures…we learned a lot back then about hunting by listening to others not watching video’s