Larry Ronald Stephenson, 77, of Groveport and longtime resident of Mt. Gilead, Ohio passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus. He had been in failing health for the past six months.
Larry was born October 3, 1936, in Fayette County, Ohio to Leonard and Carrie Kathryn Skinner Stephenson. He was a 1954 graduate of Washington High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University in 1958. After graduating college, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Brown. They enjoyed 55 years together.
Before his retirement in 2000, he was a manager for Lesco, Inc. He had previously worked in numerous managerial positions for other chemical companies throughout the country.
Larry was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Gilead where he had served two terms as elder. He had been a member of the Mt. Gilead Lions Club. He served in the Ohio National Guard. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
Larry had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed reading, fishing, and loved to follow his Ohio State Buckeyes.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, James Purcell.
Larry is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married July 26, 1958; a daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Michael Vandall; a granddaughter, Emily Vandall, all of Canal Winchester, a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Joanne Stephenson of Middletown, Ohio; two sisters, W. Sue Kuehne and her husband, Robert, of Okemos, MI and Lynda Purcell of Inverness, FL and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 5-8 p.m.
The funeral will be Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Everett L. Miller, pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House, officiating. Burial will follow in Highlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio or the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.