Lawrence (Larry) Huff Strayer, 79, died on Monday, December 31, 2012, at Penn Hall Nursing Center, following a lengthy illness. Born on June 13, 1933, in Hanover, he was the son of the late Melvin Paul and Esther Louise (Huff) Strayer. He was a 1952 graduate of the former Chambersburg High School. He was employed by the U.S. Government and held positions in Okinawa, South Korea and West Germany before retiring in 1990 from DESCOM, Chambersburg. Larry was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and Elder. He was a member of the George Washington Lodge #143, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction where he was a 32nd degree Mason, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and BPO Elks #600, where he was a past board President. He was also a PIAA basketball official for 25 years, and a former volunteer for the Chambersburg Salvation Army. Surviving are his wife, Lois Angle Strayer; daughter, Barbara Burns and her husband, Theodore of Chambersburg; son, Larry Strayer and his wife, Teresa of Orrstown; and son, Stephen Strayer and wife, Sallie of Blue Bell; six grandchildren, Daniel Strayer of Heywood, England, Jessica Warren of Chambersburg, Rita Johnson of Savannah, Ga., Bonita Strayer of Orrstown and Stacey and Stephen Strayer of Blue Bell; one great-granddaughter; and a brother, P. Sidney Strayer of Chambersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William A. Strayer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on January 12, 2013, in the Penn Hall Chapel, 1425 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. Brenda Doyle, Chaplain, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: The Salvation Army/ Chambersburg, 159, Lincoln Way W. Chambersburg, PA 17201; or the Benevolent Funds/Penn Hall, 1425 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201; or St. John's United Church of Christ, 1811 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg, PA 17201. The family wishes to publicly acknowledge all the years of Professional care and patience given to Larry by the Penn Hall Staff, as well as the kindness shared with his family.
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Published in Public Opinion on Jan. 4, 2013