William Frank Large, 80, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Oct. 25, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va.
He was born on March 18, 1932, in Carmi, Ill., to William and Lucy (Nelson) Large.
Bill retired from DuPont Washington Works in 1995 after 25 years as a mechanic. In recent years, he has enjoyed his retirement in Barefoot Bay, Fla. Bill grew up in Carmi, Ill., where he graduated from Carmi High School in 1950. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950, and served as a crew chief for four years during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Bill worked at Delta Drilling Company as a driller and Baker Oil Tools as a sales and service representative before joining DuPont as a mechanic in 1966. He retired in 1991 after 25 years. Bill lived in Parkersburg, W.Va., before he retired to Barefoot Bay, Fla., in 1995. Bill married Naomi Estelle Weaver in 1957 in Grafton, W.Va. They were happily married for 55 years. He enjoyed fishing, boating and traveling with his family.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lucy Large; and his sisters, Carol (Large) Williams and Barbara Jean Camfield.
He is survived by his spouse, Naomi (Weaver) Large of Barefoot Bay, Fla.; his daughter, Shirley (Larry) Reber of Parkersburg, W.Va.; his daughter, Lori (Steve) Wilson of Pickerington, Ohio; his son, John (Michelle) Large of Morgantown, W.Va.; his sister, Wilma Rumsey of Norris City, Ill.; his brother, John (Faye) Large of Carmi, Ill.; his grandson, Justin (Heather) Reber of Washington, W.Va.; his granddaughter, Lori (Nathan) Pickens of Washington, W.Va.; his granddaughter, Kathryn Wilson of Pickerington, Ohio; his grandson, Evan William Large of Morgantown, W.Va.; his great-grandsons, Logan Reber and Sawyer and Cohen Pickens of Washington, W.Va.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, 403 Seventh St., Parkersburg, W.Va.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Amedisys Hospice Services, 246 Cheat Road, Suite 3, Morgantown, WV 26508.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com