bingerlarryLarry D. Binger, 74, died peacefully November 2, 2016, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay, surrounded by family. He was born in Fostoria, Ohio, on September 24, 1942, to Clyde Binger and Marilyn (Conine) Binger Miller, who preceded him in death. He married Jo Ellen (Simon) on October 25, 1969, at St. Mark’s Methodist Church, and she survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Kimberly (Steve) Ruffer, as well as two grandsons, Jake and Chase, and one granddaughter, Kate, all living in Portland, Oregon. His sisters, Sally (James) Hitchings, Arcadia, Ohio, Patricia Shiley, North Carolina, sister-in-law Jan Hanna Simon, Tucson, Arizona, and father-in-law George Simon, Findlay, also survive.
Larry served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers Battalion, Headquarters Company, from 1964 to 1966 and was stationed in Vietnam during his last year of duty.
He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1960 and then studied machine design at Cleveland Engineering Institute for two years. He earned his Associate’s Business Administration Degree from Tiffin University in 1977 and worked in the engineering department at Cooper Tire and Rubber for 40 years, during which time he was a member of various engineering organizations and Management Club.
One of his greatest joys was playing the game of golf, and he belonged to several golf leagues during his lifetime. He loved being outdoors, observing and studying nature and wildlife.
He was widely traveled throughout the world, as well as the United States, and enjoyed meeting people and exploring the cultures of different societies. Living part-time in Portland, Oregon, enabled him to be with his grandchildren and also gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion for skiing and exploring the great Northwest.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840. A Memorial Service for Larry will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) — Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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