Larry L. Freeland, 63, of Harrisville, W.Va., passed away surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 7, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, following a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Larry was born Oct. 25, 1950, in Ritchie County, a son of the late Bill and Frances (Harden) Freeland Snodgrass.
Larry was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1969 where he excelled on the football field. During high school, Larry worked at the former Hathaway's Hatchery of Harrisville, Pete's Dairyette of Ellenboro, the South Side Service Station of Harrisville, and put up numerous hay bales for Gus Bee. After high school, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, during the Vietnam War. Following his service, Larry returned home and started a 39-year career at what is now the Momentive Performance Materials plant in Friendly, W.Va., as a chemical operator. During his employment, Larry served as the plant's fire chief for over 30 years, served on the emergency response team for chemical spills, and most recently held the title as Team Leader at the plant.
Larry was a member of both the Harrisville and Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Departments, was a member of the former Pennsboro volunteer police force, and also coached ponytail softball in Ritchie County for many years. He greatly enjoyed his four-wheelers, camping, roping, golf, hunting and was an avid WVU fan. In his spare time, Larry had a great passion for driving truck. He drove truck for numerous businesses around Ritchie County that includes, Serco, Hall's Drilling, Barnes Trucking, Rutherford Trucking, Newbrough Trucking, JPE Hardwoods, Hayhurst Equipment, and Tallman Mulch. Larry was always willing to lend a hand to his neighbors, friends, and family and he never met a stranger. He loved his grandchildren dearly and he truly was "a man that wore many hats."
He is survived his loving wife of 41 years, Louise (Jones) Freeland; daughters, Keri Lambert (Frank) of Bridgeport, W.Va., and Nicki Johnson (Matthew) of Pennsboro, W.Va.; grandchildren, Allison and Lexie Edwards, Noah Johnson and Zachary and Shelby Lambert; sisters, JoAnn Robinson and Diane Gaskins; brothers, Richard Freeland and Michael Snodgrass; grand dogs, Zeus and T-Rex; his cat, Mikey; along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Wilson, Linda Hammond and Patricia Hall; and father-in-law, Bennie Jones.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Joseph Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in Ellenboro Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by Harris-Ritchie VFW 3554. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Donations can be sent in Larry's name to the Harrisville High School class of 1969, c/o Vicki Meisterhans, 287 Walker Lane, Washington, WV 26181.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mcculloughraiguel.com