Larry R. Lape

April 03, 1938 ‒ January 27, 2013

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Larry R. Lape, age 74, of Butler passed away Sunday evening, January 27, 2013 in his home surrounded by his adoring family, following a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born April 3, 1938 in Richland County to Clarence E. and Goldie Irene (Fry) Lape.

A U.S. Army veteran, Larry served three years as a mechanic and was honorably discharged in 1958.

Larry worked at Ideal Electric for 42 years retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Ideal Electric Fishing Club, a group of co-workers that shared fishing stories, mostly comparing who had the biggest catch that got away. Larry also worked at Gatton Repair as a mechanic.

On April 21, 1959 he married Margaret “Louise” Palmer who preceded her in death on June 23, 2005.

A lifelong area resident, Larry was a member of VFW #8586 and Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion.

Always busy in some project, Larry was very good handling home improvements and fixer-uppers. He loved gardening and was known for his horseradish patch. In his younger years he enjoyed some hunting, but fishing was Larry’s passion. He was fishing at Pleasant Hill Lake every chance he could get, even right up to the last few months. A member of the Huskie Muskie Club for a catch over 40 inches, Larry also fished for Saugeye and Catfish.

Larry is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law Toni and Rick Fowler of Perrysville and Tracie Lape of Butler; a son Larry “David” Lape of Lucas; granddaughters Amanda and Mike Conrad and Melissa Feeman of Butler, and Megan and Chris Bundy of Rexburg, Idaho; grandsons Brian and Natalie Calhoon of Mt. Vernon, and Levi Lape of Lucas; great grandchildren Rebekah and Caleb Conrad and Kyla and Charlee Feeman, Blake and Noah Calhoon and Keldon Bundy, siblings Clarence Lape, Jr. of Florida, Albert Lape of Lucas, Howard Lape of Perrysville, Carol Lape of Perrysville, Beverly Lutz of Mansfield and Ruth Ann Lape of Ashland, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Friends may call Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 4-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am. Pastor Jon Priebe will officiate and burial with military honors conducted by VFW Post #8586 will follow in Greenlawn Union Cemetery, Perrysville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Hooked on Fishing-Not Drugs Program which teaches young children the fundamentals of fishing. Please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Home.

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