Larry H. Dunlap, age 80, of Dover, born on June 12, 1943, in Twin City Hospital, Ohio, passed away on October 11, 2023, at the Community Hospice Truman House. Larry was a dedicated and hardworking husband, father and grandfather, who left a lasting impact on those around him.
Larry was the son of the late Kenneth and Beatrice (Timmerman) Dunlap. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Sam Dunlap.
After graduating from Conotton Valley High School in 1961, Larry was drafted by the Cleveland Indians to pursue a professional baseball career. However, he made the selfless decision to decline this opportunity in order to prioritize starting a family.
Larry's professional journey began at TRW/PCC, where he worked as an engineer for an impressive 43 years before retiring. His commitment and dedication to his work were truly commendable. Larry approached every task with diligence and enthusiasm, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Larry had many passions outside of work. He was an avid sports enthusiast and took great joy in following the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He coached Little League for many years and was inducted into the Conotton Valley Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tuscarawas County Baseball Hall of Fame. As an accomplished golfer, Larry even achieved the remarkable feat of shooting a hole-in-one.
Throughout his life, Larry also served as an influential figure in his community. For 25 years, he served as both Mayor and Councilman for Scio, Ohio. He was part of the first EMT group in Harrison County and was a volunteer firefighter. His proudest accomplishments included making positive changes and improving the lives of those around him through his dedicated public service. He was also a member of the Elks.
His strong work ethic and determination have left an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Even during challenging times, Larry remained positive and continued to treasure every moment with his loved ones.
Larry is survived by his beloved family, including his wife, Lynda (Lightner) whom he married on December 31, 1962. Larry insisted on having a second wedding and marriage celebration, which took place at the gardens at the Community Hospice Truman House on June 12, 2020.
He also leaves behind his son; Randy (Karla) Dunlap of Cincinnati, and their children, Colin (Sarah), Connor, Colby (Anya), his great-grandsons, Hudson and Weston; daughter, Tracy (Derek) Wheeler of Brunswick, Ohio, and their sons, Kyle and Ryan; his daughter, Kelly Little of Dover, and her sons, Javen, Nolan, and Tyler; along with his nephew, Doug Dunlap of Uhrichsville.
Friends are invited to gather at the Scio United Methodist Church in Scio, Ohio on Friday, October 20, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. A celebration of Larry's life will take place at 11:30 with Pastor Lu Ann Youngman officiating. Immediately following the service, a meal will be served at the church. A private burial will take place at Big Springs Cemetery in Mineral City. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory are handling the arranements. To sign an online guestbook for Larry, visit the obituary link on the funeral home's website.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Hospice Truman House, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or the Tuscora Park Foundation, 161 Tuscora Ave NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.