Lawrence “Larry” King, 98, of Birchwood Drive in St. Johnsbury, VT passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, at his home.
Larry was born in Center Harbor, NH on September 25, 1923, to Joseph and Sadie (Moore) King. At the age of 4, Larry’s family purchased a farm in South Wheelock and moved there in the summer of 1927. He attended Chandler Pond Elementary School followed by Lyndon Institute, graduating with the Class of 1940. Following high school, Larry immediately found work and began the corporate climb, first with Diamond Bronze, Inc in Lyndonville, then with VT Tap & Dye, and Wirthmore Feeds as a clerk and truck driver. Larry then married, secured a job with the Central Vermont Railway in St. Albans as an office clerk, and set up residence in St. Albans. In 2001, Larry married Alberta (Dion) Noyes King and moved to St. Johnsbury.
At the age of 20, in 1943, Larry was inducted in the US Navy. He finished training as was sent to Florida to await an assignment on a Navy minesweeper. With the rank of First Class Yeoman, Larry was tasked with the job of doing all the clerical work in the ship’s office. The ship became part of a convoy of around 5000 ships heading to France as a part of a flotilla of minesweepers to clear water of mines for the invasion. After the surrender of Germany, Larry was transferred through several stations to get back home and honorably discharged on in November 1945. Larry was a member of the Lyndonville VFW, the Lyndonville American Legion where he served as chaplain, and the Moose Lodge where he served as Governor for 3 terms.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years: Alberta King of St. Johnsbury; a daughter: Nancy Stone of Lyndonville; 4 step-sons: Wade Noyes and wife, Sandra, of Hyde Park, VT, Edwin Noyes of Lyndonville, Leonard LaVasser and wife, Cathy, of Randolph, VT, and Richard LaVassar and wife, Karen of Madison, ME; Many grandchildren, great-grands, brothers, sisters, etc.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 5-7PM at Guibord-Pearsons Funeral Home, 15 Main Street, Lyndonville, VT. A Funeral Service officiated by John Sleeper will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021, 11AM at Guibord-Pearsons Funeral Home. Burial will follow immediately with military honors at Lyndon Center Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Larry’s name to Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St, Bennington, VT 05201.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at guibordfh.com