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Lawrence Vincent Gagin, age 94, of Littleton, CO formerly of Toledo passed away peacefully of natural causes March 26, 2013, with his family by his side.
Larry was born in Sterling, IL on October 19, 1918, to Charles and Lillian Gagin. He graduated from University of Illinois in Glass and Ceramic Engineering. Upon graduation he married his collage sweetheart and left to serve his country as a caption in the US Army Corps of Engineers 1942-1946. After the war Larry worked for Kimble Glass Company in Toledo as an assistant director of glass technology. In 1954 he went to work with John's Manville Cooperation 1954-1982. Larry moved to Littleton, CO in 1976, as a manager of research at the J Manville world headquarters technical center.
After retiring he was president of his own engineering consulting business and was widely considered one of the worlds top glass technical experts. Larry holds 14 patents on glass composition products and processes. He published numerous papers on glass and fiberglass. A lifetime member of the America Ceramic Society, he was chairman and past president. An avid golfer he loved woodworking, gardening, and visiting his condo in Breckenridge, CO.
Above all he was an example of high moral character, loving husband and father with a strong work ethic, who encouraged honesty and respect.
Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lillian Gagin; his loving wife, Marion of 68 years; sister, Margaret, and brother, William; son, Richard, and daughter, Mary Ellen (Randy) Nelson.
He is survived by his sister, Marian Bickrey; brother, John Gagin, and sister-in-law, Verna Hannah. Larry and Marion were blessed with 6 children, Jean Brown, Paula (Dr. James) Hofmann, Larry Gagin, Jim (Cheryl) Gagin; grandchildren, Dr. Bart Brown, Paul (Denise) Nelson, Jennifer (Peter) Duckworth, Kristen Hepinstall, Terri (Brad) Campbell, Eric (fiancé Kate) Hepinstall, Kyle (Emily) Brown, L.C. (fiancé Jessica) Gagin, and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Open Heart Program at University of Toledo Medical College.
Open heart UTMC in memory of Lawrence Gagin.
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 28, 2013