James A. Larrick, 93, of Byesville passed away Monday (February 18, 2013) at the Morrison House in Zanesville.
He was born August 20, 1919 in Byesville and was the son of the late Emmett and Lulu Belle (Breeden) Larrick.
Jim retired from the former Ohio Power Company, as a meter reader/installer, with over 30 years of service.
He was an Army veteran of WWII and served with the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a long time member of Main Avenue United Methodist Church in Byesville, Senecaville Senior Center, Purple Heart Chapter #625, a member of the “Get-A-Long Gang” as a mandolin player, a member of the 1965 school board that was instrumental in the consolidation of the Rolling Hills Local School District and a 1937 graduate of Byesville High School. He also enjoyed fishing, and collecting rocks and coins. Jim had traveled all states except Hawaii. He was known for his optimism, sense of humor and orneriness. He was well loved and a special person to all who knew him.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Phoebe Mary (Phelps) Larrick whom he married August 20, 1941 and passed away May 31, 2002; one grandson, Samuel James Work; one great grandchild; special friend Louise Sichina; one sister Tacy Dixon; one brother Myron Larrick.
He is survived by one son Chuck (Sandy) Larrick of Byesville; three daughters, Sandy (Jerry) Lenhart of Cambridge, Phyllis (Frank) Booth of Pleasant City and Carol (Bill) Work of Cambridge; nine grandchildren, Ken (Jill) Lenhart, Marian (Joel) Downing, Leanne Lenhart, Larry (Kate) Work, Pam (Doug) Peele, Lori (Pat) Mahoney, Kelly (Matt) Costello, Travis Booth and Jessica (Jared) Potts; eighteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Pearl Egnot of Canal Fulton and Clara Gadd of Byesville.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Black-Epperson Funeral Home, Byesville. A Purple Heart ceremony will take place @ 7:00 p.m. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday (with calling hours from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) with Rev. Nancy Parsons officiating.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with Military rites conducted by the Guernsey County Veterans Council.
In lieu of flowers his family requests that memorial donations be made to: Main Ave. United Methodist church, 223 East Main Ave., Byesville, Ohio 43723.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.black-eppersonfuneralhomes.com