LARRY VINCENT(1940 - 2013)

Larry C. Vincent

February 22, 2013

The world lost a good egg in Larry C. Vincent, 72, of Ft. Myers, Florida, on Friday, February 22, 2013, at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Florida. It was two o'clock in the morning, because he never did anything at a decent hour.

He arrived in West Frankfort, Illinois on November 12, 1940, and grew up among good working-class coal miners and other people whom he revered. He loved his college basketball (SIU Salukis, thank you very much) and his St. Louis Cardinals.

He relished a large steak, a margarita (with salt, as he was no Philistine), marshmallow shakes from the Dairy Queen, and anything that was all-you-can-eat, because Larry "Never Pay Retail" Vincent liked a good value for his dollar. He wiled away many an hour at Crab Orchard and Little Grassy running jugs, drinking Bud, and sitting around a fire swapping fish stories.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Susanne; his children Valerie McChesney, Nancy Vincent, and Justin Vincent; sons-in-law Bill McChesney and Drew Moore; grandchildren Heather (Jonathan) Manetta, Holly (Daniel) Ades, and Ryan McChesney; the three cutest great-grandchildren on the planet, Adrianna Manetta, Alex Manetta, and Aubrina Ades; his sister Connie (Vincent) Sieveking; his aunt Alberta (Vincent) Tabor; and hundreds of relatives and wonderful friends.

He was a teacher and administrator by trade and when he transitioned from working fool to retirement, he and Sue took to the camper and roamed the wilds of Florida. Never one to settle down to a life of leisure, he became a key character in Storage Wars long before A& E ever thought to film such adventures. It was his poker table. As he would tell his annoyed children before any task, "Busy hands are happy hands."

Upon being informed by Sue that they needed to become foster parents, he agreed on the condition he would not have to take any of the girls to the bathroom. He did, of course, and much more, but that was just his way: in for a penny, in for a pound.

He is now playing a wild game of pinochle with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and James Dean, and having a nice family dinner with his parents and grandparents. All he would want from us is to crack open a beer, head out in a jon boat, and catch a big fish while wondering what bait he would have used.

Memorial services will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Ft. Myers, Florida on March 4, 2013, at 6 p.m., and at St. John's Catholic Church in West Frankfort, Illinois at a later date. Larry "Never Pay Retail" would lament the waste of money on flowers, but he would be honored by gifts to your local hospice, to St. John's Catholic School in West Frankfort, or St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Ft. Myers.

Go Dawgs!

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 26, 2013