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Robert G. Larkin

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Robert G. "Bob" Larkin

91, from Plainfield, passed away on March 11, 2014. Born on October 9, 1922 in Greencastle, Indiana, he was the son of Vernie and Vanita (Collins) Larkin. He married Mary Carolyn Wren on September 23, 1945 in Greencastle and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2009. Robert was a 1944 graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (aka Rose Polytechnic Institute) in Terre Haute, Indiana. Upon graduation, he worked for NACA (now NASA) in Cleveland, OH. In 1947 he went to work for Allison Gas Turbine (aka Detroit Diesel Allison) in Indianapolis until his retirement in 1982, where he initially worked as a mechanical design engineer and eventually became a design supervisor. He made significant contributions in the design of many gas turbine engines during his 35 year career and was highly regarded by his peers. He was a member of the Plainfield Christian Church.

He is survived by a son, Thomas Robert Larkin and wife, Ruth, a daughter, Nancy (Larkin) Thomas and husband, Michael. Other survivors include 5 grandchildren, Amber (Larkin) Heerdt and husband, Brian, Andrew Larkin, Kelly Thomas, Carrie Thomas, Casey Thomas, and one great granddaughter, Edie Marie Heerdt.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17th at the Plainfield Christian Church with burial to follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16th in the Hall-Baker Funeral Home in Plainfield.

Contributions can be made to the Plainfield Christian Church, 800 N. Dan Jones Road, Plainfield Indiana 46168. Online condolences may be made at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 13, 2014
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