Larry J. McDavitt

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Feb. 17, 2013

Larry J. McDavitt passed on into the hands of our Lord on Feb. 17, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Kingston on June 28, 1942, he was a 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.

On Feb. 15, 1960 Larry married his high school sweetheart, Sally Zeske McDavitt. Together they had three beautiful, wonderful children, a daughter, Christine McDavitt Parker, and sons, Dwayne and Dean McDavitt.

He was a devoted, loving husband, telling Sally every day "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 longtime career as manager of Turkey Hill Mini Markets, serving the company for 38 years 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. Once Larry retired and took a security job at Mohegan Sun, he enjoyed seeing everyone all over again. The security position allowed him to be close to the racehorses and drivers. He was enjoying a new chapter of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Frank Zeske Sr.

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; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Amanda, Mary Jean, Sydney Elizabeth, Vince and Alicia; mother-in-law, Sarah Zeske; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Neyhard, Forty Fort, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zeske Jr., Lake Placid, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by services at The Green Street Baptist Chapel, 25 Green St., Edwardsville. The Rev. David Miklas will officiate. Interment will be 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 the Edwards and Russin Funeral Home, Edwardsville.

Published in Times Leader on Feb. 20, 2013