Joseph John Larry, 90, Fairmont died Saturday (Jan. 21, 2017).
He was born on Aug. 3, 1926, in McComas (Mercer County), son of the late Rocco and Mary Mancini Porcaro.
At an early age he was adopted and raised by his godparents, Isabella and Salvadore Loria.
He graduated from Northfork (McDowell County) High School. He played varsity football at West Virginia Tech in Montgomery and later graduated from West Virginia University School of Mines with a BSEM degree in mining engineering in March 1952.
After graduation, he joined Jeffrey Mining Machinery Co. in Columbus, Ohio, as a one-year administration trainee; then becoming a sales representative in Beckley. While in Columbus, Mr. Larry met and then married Louise Ridgely on June 13, 1953.
In April 1962 he joined the Lee-Norse Co. as Southern Appalachian regional manager, and later, new product manager in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. He attained his mining engineering license in 1963.
In 1972, he joined FMC Mining Machinery in Fairmont as chief sales officer. He traveled extensively in Poland, Russia, India and Germany to evaluate long-wall mining equipment and techniques. EIMCO Mining bought the division in 1986 and Mr. Larry retired from EIMCO in 1982.
He authored a pamphlet, "How To Market Mining Equipment" and after his retirement, published the book, "Roof Bolting Without Injury."
He was past chairman of the WVU School of Mines Alumni, past chairman of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and past treasurer of the Fairmont Field Club.
He was followed in death by his loving wife, Louise Ridgely Larry, on Jan. 24, 2017.
He is survived by his two sons, Joseph Arthur Ridgely "Jay" Larry and his wife Joy Kaye Lang of Bridgeport and Christopher "Chris" Larry and his wife Melissa Ann Larry of Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Emily Susan Larry and Matthew Ridgely Larry, Stephanie Elizabeth Larry Smetanick and her husband Jonathan Andrew Smetanick, and Trevor Christian Larry; and one great-granddaughter Lyla Grace Smetanick.
In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, there will be no viewing, and his body was cremated.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday March 4, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 407 Jackson St., Fairmont, with Father Robert A. Perriello as Celebrant. Inurnment, along with his wife, will be at the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 407 Jackson St., Fairmont, WV 26554, or the Department of Mining Engineering, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Arrangements are under the care of the Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont.
Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com.
Published on February 26, 2017