Larry J. McDavitt passed on into the hands of our Lord on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
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Born June 28, 1942, in Kingston, he was the son of late Larry and Gertrude Janosky McDavitt. Larry was a 1960 graduate of Kingston High School and a member of Green Street Baptist Chapel, Edwardsville. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Frank Zeske Sr.
On Feb. 15, 1960, Larry married his high-school sweetheart, Sally Zeske McDavitt. Together they had three beautiful, wonderful children, daughter, Christine McDavitt Parker, and sons, Dwayne and Dean McDavitt.
He was a devoted loving husband, telling Sally everyday "you drive me silly, but I love you more each and every day." After all the years of raising his three children, he was blessed with his first grandson, Jeffrey Parker. Later he was also blessed with Amanda, Mary Jean and Sydney Elizabeth.
Larry enjoyed fishing, traveling to the ocean, classic cars, his many pets (especially Shelby, his faithful and beautiful dog) and watching football — especially the Cowboys. He was also on the reunion committee for his high school.
Larry had a long career (38 years) as manager of Turkey Hill Minit Markets, in many locations.
Larry was best known for his humor. He enjoyed joking and laughing with all his customers and vendors. He was especially funny when making announcements and jokes over the loudspeakers as clients were fueling up their cars. When Larry retired and took a security job at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, he enjoyed seeing everyone all over again. The security position allowed him to be close to the race horses and drivers. He was enjoying a new chapter of life.
In addition to his loving wife, Sally, he is survived by his daughter, Christine McDavitt Parker and her husband, Sean, Dallas; sons, Dwayne McDavitt and his wife, Dawn, Larksville; and Dean McDavitt and his wife, Melissa, Duryea; and grandchildren, Jeffrey, Amanda, Mary Jean, Sydney Elizabeth, Vince and Alicia.
He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Sarah Zeske; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Neyhard, Forty Fort; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zeske Jr., Lake Placid, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church followed by services at The Green Street Baptist Chapel, 25 Green St., Edwardsville. The Rev. David Miklas, pastor, will officiate. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for The Green Street Baptist Chapel.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted in the care of Edwards and Russin Funeral Home, Edwardsville.
Edwards and Russin Funeral Home
717 Main Street Edwardswille, PA 18704
Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013