Larry E. Wilber, Sr.

Larry E. Wilber Sr. 79, residing in Sandusky passed away Friday afternoon, March 12, 2021 at Stein Hospice Care Center following a brief battle with ALS.

Larry was born on November 7, 1941 in Monroeville, Oho to the late Clifford and Lorena (Barber) Wilber.

Larry retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad after 17 years as an engineer. In retirement, he owned and operated with his wife, Pattie the L&S Aquatics on Columbus Ave. which stemmed from his love and passion of his own personal fish tanks. Larry loved animals, but he especially loved raising and showing English Bulldogs; which he did for years. He was always caring for neighborhood stray dogs and cats.

Larry loved his family very much! He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, racing his Dodge Hemi Dart named “Chantilly Lace” at Summit Raceway (Norwalk Dragway) and also tracks in Michigan.

Larry is survived by his wife, Sara “Pattie” whom he married on August 13, 1957; two daughters - Kim (Rocco) Donofrio of Oregon, OH and Kelli (Greg) Freyer of Martin, OH; two sons - Larry (Lorraine) Wilber Jr. of Sandusky, OH and Mark (Becky Roy) of Fremont, OH; nine grandchildren, Eric, Rocco, Angela, Kasey, Kortney, Kendall, Gregory, Tara and Lindsey, twenty-two great-grandchildren; two sisters - Connie (Ronald) Hovatter of Norwalk, OH and Lynne Barnhart of Florida; one brother - Charles (Rose) Wilber of Norwalk, OH, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Larry is preceded in death by his grandson, Marcus Wilber and brother-in-law, William “Louie” Barnhart.

Calling hours are 4PM until 6:00 PM. Service is at 6PM on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Larry’s grandson, Pastor Gregory Freyer will officiate.

Memorial contributions in Larry’s memory may be made to the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Rd., #403 Independence, OH 44131, to the Erie County Humane Society, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870, or to his grandson’s, Gregory Freyer, mission to New Zealand, BIMI, PO Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341, (423)344-5050


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