Larry V. Hawthorne

July 28, 1951 - September 6, 2018
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Larry V. Hawthorne, age 67, of Mineral City, died Thursday, September 6, 2018 following a brief illness.

Known as “Papa Larry” to his family, he was born in Union Hospital at Dover on July 28, 1951; a day, years later, he would be proud to share with his grandson, Alex. Larry was one of 13 children born to the l…

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Larry V. Hawthorne, age 67, of Mineral City, died Thursday, September 6, 2018 following a brief illness.

Known as “Papa Larry” to his family, he was born in Union Hospital at Dover on July 28, 1951; a day, years later, he would be proud to share with his grandson, Alex. Larry was one of 13 children born to the late Ralph and Oda Snyder Hawthorne and a 1969 graduate of Tusky Valley High School.

Larry began his career working in the factories as a Journeyman Millwright and Journeyman Machinist before enlisting into the United States Air Force. He proudly served his country in Vietnam as a jet mechanic and specifically worked on the F-4 Phantom Fighter Jets. Upon his return from the service, Larry married the former Debra Scott on September 8, 1972.

Larry continued his career in the machinist industry with the Trumpf Group. He became an expert regarding their CNC Punch Presses and eventually went out on his own forming First Class Technical Services of Dover. Larry became the go-to person in the industry and traveled throughout the United States and Canada, servicing, performing preventative maintenance, and installing machines. He had a natural talent to be able to fix, build and repair just about anything that included plumbing, electrical, and woodworking.

He was a lover of animals and often in his travels would pickup and bring home stray pets. He and Debbie cared for these pets and loved having them as part of their family. Larry’s generous and giving heart gave to not only animals but any one in need; often sacrificing his own needs above others. He recently saw a need to make a difference in the government and made a self-funded run for State Representative this past May.

When not helping others or working, Larry enjoyed hiking, backpacking, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed marathon running and instilled in his family the importance of determination and never giving up on a goal or dream.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, Larry will be missed by his son, Zachary (Pamela) Hawthorne of Mineral City and his daughter, April (Scott) Bonvechio of Dover; his grandchildren, Allie, Alex, and Anna Bonvechio as well as numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.

Cremation care will be conducted by Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Crematory. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to The George Fund, c/o Valley View Animal Hospital, 2167 Progress St, Dover, Ohio 44622, a fund that helps local animals in need of veterinary care or to Vietnam Veteran’s of America Chapter #857, PO BOX 170, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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The George Fund

c/o Valley View Animal Hospital
2167 Progress Street
Dover, Ohio 44621

Vietnam Veteran’s of America Chapter #857

PO BOX 170
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Born: July 28, 1951
Died: September 6, 2018

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Ronald Vinyard posted on 10/8/18

We were truly saddened to learn of Larry's passing. For several years Larry came to our plant and serviced our equipment. We always looked forward to his visits and considered him a great friend. He was energetic and happy to be here and always left us in top shape. Such service and competence will be hard to replace. Everyone here that knew him extends our sincere condolences for your loss.


Craig and Mary Leist posted on 9/20/18

This goes out to the Hawthorne family larry was great man a special friend who knew everything about cnc machines he will be greatly missed by myself and the Fire King Security Group family here in New Albany Indiana again sorry about your loss


Mark Kinard posted on 9/15/18

Larry was a tremendous individual and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family.


Joe Wigfield posted on 9/14/18

Debbie, Zach, April and family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Bill and Hallie Hawthorne posted on 9/13/18

Our heart was broken to find out of Larry's passing. Aunt Debbie, Zach, April as well as the rest of family please know all are in our thoughts and prayers. Lot's of memories have passed through my mind through time as I think back growing up with Uncle Larry as we were so close in age...seemed more like he was a brother than an uncle. So many memories of good times as we were growing up. Memories I had long forgotten about but have come back to mind. We were together a lot as kids. We had so much fun going fishing and camping down at the creek, cars, tinkering around building things out of scrap items, hiking through the woods and always a dog or two around, his early love for animals. Neither of us having much as kids but creating our own fun of doing things with whatever odds and ends we could find.. Oh so many memories! Memories I will treasure. Then as life does, we get busy with our lives working, marriage and starting/ raising a family and life begins to go by way too fast. Visiting becomes a rarity unfortunately as we go about our busy lives.. I was fortunate that in the last couple of years Larry and I got some time spend together whether it was in person or by phone. God took Larry home way too soon for reasons only God knows. No doubt he will be missed by many. Aunt Debbie, may God give you and your family strength at this time of great loss. Our heart goes out to you and your family.


Lester Balicki posted on 9/13/18

Larry has been a friend and business associate for the last 20 years. Sometimes we were competitors, but mostly we helped each other out and that made us both feel good. Larry, I wish you didn't have to go. You will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family and friends.


Terry and Beth Nill posted on 9/13/18

Terry had the privilege of graduating from Tusky Valley with Larry. Once when Terry was coaching soccer, a "game riot" broke out and Larry was the first one to jump out of the stand to help sort things out. He looked over at Terry, and said, "I got your back, Terry". That is the kind of man he was. He always had your back. May God bless your family and keep you close.. Terry and Beth Nill


Gloria Aguilar Fenley posted on 9/13/18

My father truly loved you as will as I did. You were the best! Always smiling and cracking up. Always positive and very loving caring husband and father. I will never forget our trip to Ohio for a week; the best trip ever. Now, you are on a trip bound for Heaven because that’s where you belong, my dear friend. Good luck on the most fabulous trip of your life. I will miss your trips to California. God bless you Larry. My deepest sympathy to your entire family and friends. Goodbye dear Larry.


Gerry Tinor posted on 9/13/18

Larry was a good guy! My condolences for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in many happy memories. With sincere sympathy- Gerry D. Tinor (TVHS '69)


Robert Armstrong posted on 9/12/18

So sorry for your loss.


Micki Martin posted on 9/12/18

Debbie, Zach and April I am so sorry for your loss.Prayers for you.


Mike Henry posted on 9/12/18

I am so sorry to hear this..he and I became Facebook friends and had many mutual feelings on things..had a chance to talk at the parade in New Phila..Told me he was going for surgery..wished him well..and just heard of his very sorry for that family..may God be with you during this tragic very sorry


Janet Hanlon posted on 9/12/18

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that I am here for you.


Lawanna Griffith (Wallace) posted on 9/12/18

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.


Sharon Windsor posted on 9/12/18

Larry you were a great, honest, caring person. Your smile will be missed.


John and Janet McMasters posted on 9/12/18

I always enjoyed talking to Larry because he was interesting and informative. I respected his opinions. Thinking of Zack and family.


Shirley Latimer posted on 9/12/18

To the Hawthorne family, you have my most deepest sympathy Larry is probably tending to the animals in Heaven, he has always been the kindest caring person I know . He will be sorely missed.


Jewel Hoover posted on 9/12/18

We are heartbroken to hear about Larry. A dear friend. Our prayers for a;;.


Ed & Crystal Davis posted on 9/12/18

My heart is broken for your family. I never got to meet Larry but admired his love and dedication to family, animals, and country. God bless and Rest In Peace


Christine Beamer posted on 9/12/18

My sincere condolences to you April and all of your family. Your dad was a wonderful man. In my prayers. May he Rest In Peace.


Andrew Cour posted on 9/12/18

I knew Larry for about 17 years. I was a customer of his but we helped each other from time to time. We talked a few times a year and he was a hell of a guy and full of energy. I will miss him.


Kristye Walker posted on 9/12/18

Sending prayers and my condolences to his family. I got to know Larry when he would come to factory in Indiana and work on our machines. He was a nice man. He will be missed.


Kathi Richardson Hogan posted on 9/12/18

My prayers are with you and the family, Deb. I connected with Larry on Facebook and found we agreed on so many subjects and causes. I truly enjoyed getting to know him again through that website....and supported him in his bid for senator..... although being out of state, I wasn't able to give him my vote. You have a lifetime of memories to hold fast to your heart. Hugs and love to you all.


TODD TRIMBLE posted on 9/12/18

Larry was such a fun and to the point guy. I only knew him for 4 years, but enjoyed every encounter with Larry. Great man who served his country well and would have made a great state rep. God Bless!


Greg Ress posted on 9/12/18

I just recently met Larry in our bid to become State Representative. He and I gained a respect of each other while running. Larry was a very kind, honest, and generous man. He was a patriot. I really liked what he said and believed. I am very sorry for your entire family. God bless Larry and all of you.


Carla Schlegel posted on 9/11/18

I am so sorry to hear this. I worked at Huntington Bank and always enjoyed Larry stopping in to talk about his beloved dogs. He was always a very cheerful person. He will be missed.