Lawrence L. “Larry” Lawson, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at his home.
He was born July 26, 1924, in Springfield, Ohio, to Edith and Homer Lawson.
Larry lived in Arcanum, Ohio, and West Milton, Ohio, where he was a member of Pitsburg and Salem Brethren Church from 1952 to 1979. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic during World War II with 106th Infantry Division, where he was a surgical nurse at the Battle of the Bulge. Larry moved to Port Charlotte in 1979, after retiring from Chrysler Corp. in Dayton, Ohio. He started at Chrysler in 1959, working his way up to General Foreman of Quality Control for their Defense Operations Air Temp Division, building M-60 Tank Range Finders.
Larry was a member of First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte, and served the Lord as a Sunday School Teacher in Ohio and Florida for over 50 years, with many years ministering to those who where homebound.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Whitney Lawson; sons, Gary (Sharon) Lawson and Rex (Diane) Lawson; stepson, Gary Whitney; stepdaughter, Gale (Don) West; brother, Lamar (Ruth Ann) Lawson; sister, Marthena Sayer; 10 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 53 years, Betty Eddelman Lawson; brothers, Charles and Walter; and granddaughter, Denise.
The family will receive friends 3 p.m. until a service to celebrate Larry’s life at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. or First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.Ltaylorfuneral.com and sign the online guest book.