Larry Lawlor, age 87, of Winona Lake and a longtime resident of Kosciusko County, passed away quietly in the early hours of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Grace Village in Winona Lake.

Born in Lehighton, Pa., on June 22, 1933, Lawrence Albert Lawlor was the son of George Lawrence Lawlor and Mildred Stuckley Rex Lawlor. In 1953, he married his sweetheart, Dolly, and they moved to Winona Lake. A 1955 graduate of Grace College, 1958 graduate of Grace Seminary and 1968 graduate of Ball State University, Larry was a social studies teacher at Warsaw Community Schools for 34 years; he is especially remembered for teaching government and economics classes to seniors. He taught logic and critical thinking courses at Grace College and served as vice principal at Warsaw Community High School for two years. He chaired the social studies department and was a member of Kosciusko County and Indiana State Teachers’ Associations. In 1981, he was semi-finalist for Indiana’s Teacher of the Year.

Upon retiring from public school teaching in 1996, Larry focused his love for teaching on leading Bible study groups as a way to share his genuine faith and thirst for the word of God. He was a longtime member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Warsaw. Larry was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping up with current events. He enjoyed gardening, collecting coins, stamps and postcards.

Above all, Larry valued time spent with those he loved.  His survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Dolly; and six children: Debbie (Gary) Sutton, of Carmel; David (Sally), of Warsaw; Stephen (Esther), of Warsaw; Becki (Scott) Holladay, of Warsaw; Larry (Cheryl), of Fishers; and Laurie (Joel), of Fort Wayne. Also surviving are his sister, Harriet (Doug) Thompson; brother, John (MaryEllen) Lawlor; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, is assisting the family. A private funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Visitation, though limited, is open to any who feel led to attend and wish to express their sympathy. Bryan Benjamin and Luke Holladay (grandson) will be officiating the service and burial. A private family graveside service will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

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Family suggests in lieu of flowers that a memorial contribution be sent to College Park Church (memo line write Marcel Fund Ministries) and send to College Park Church c/o Jevne Livengood, 2606 W. 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268; or Campus Outreach (memo line Luke Holladay), P.O. Box 17100, Indianapolis, IN 46217; or any mission agency of your choice.