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Lawrence Eugene Ginger

TAYLORVILLE - Lawrence Eugene Ginger, 73, of Taylorville, Ill., died at 4:45 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013, at his residence.

He was born January 21, 1940, in Taylorville, Ill., the son of Thomas C. and Josephine Agnes Simaly Ginger. On March 18, 1961, he married Victoria Marie Busonic in Mattoon, Ill. Larry attended Eastern Illinois University and Lincoln Land Community College. He was employed by Fiat-Allis in Springfield for 28 years as a Product Engineer. After that he went to work for Fiat-Geotech in Leece, Italy, for three years. After retiring from there, he completed his career working 12 years at Bunn-O-Matic, Springfield, as Manager of Drafting in Research and Development; he retired in 2002. He was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the University of Illinois sports. He was a member of the Illinois Amateur Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame being inducted in 2002. Larry was instrumental in originating and developing the Sassatelli Blues Youth Fastpitch Softball Program in the 80's. Larry was most proud of his sons, Bob and Mike, who were both major contributors to the USA Fastpitch Softball Teams competing in Fargo, N.D., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Cuba.

Surviving are his wife, Victoria Marie Ginger, of Taylorville; sons, Robert A. Ginger and wife, Rose Ann, of Danvers, Ill., and Michael J. Ginger and wife, Kelly, of Clinton, Ill.; grandchildren, Scott R. Ginger and wife, Kristie, of Holly Ridge, N.C., Tyler J. Ginger of Colorado Springs, Colo., Corey J. Ginger and Haley R. Ginger, both of Clinton, Ill.; and his aunt, Mary L. (Simaly) Hafliger, of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, John Ginger.

A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Alan Hunter officiating. There will be no visitation.

Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Aug. 25, 2013
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