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Adventurer and prolific serviceman Larry Hugh Heister died on May 4th, 2018. He was 83 years old. Born in Wernersville, PA in the summer of 1934 his first moments were of the cool air coming off South Mountain and filling his lungs. The soul of the Commonwealth ran through him and set him on a lifelong journey of honoring his nation. Strong willed from the start, Larry was a boon to his parents Calvin and Frances Heister. An avid student he attended the University of Nebraska, Chapman University, and the University of Maryland all to quell the constant thirst for knowledge that drove him. Aside from the swell his heart always felt at the mention of family, Larry was most proud to call himself a patriot and lend his life and commitment to the country he held dear. A decorated veteran, having served in the Vietnam War, Larry always took pride in his countrymen and his record of service. He received several honors including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. The United States Air Force had continuously been a second home for Larry and after serving abroad he was an USAF Air Traffic Controller for thirty years. He also lent his expertise to the Department of Defense as an Aerospace Manager teaching others how to protect those slipping between the clouds towards their own adventures. After Retiring, Larry continued to mentor and be a beacon of understanding and guidance to those still pursuing their duty to country. He sought solace in gardening, mentoring others, and the occasional ice cream. Exceedingly generous both with his time and his heart, Larry was a source of fire and change in those around him. Each day will be less bright for those he leaves behind and have tasked with missing him.
Larry was preceded in death by his loving parents, Calvin and Frances, and an infant sister named Gaye. Known by many names; husband, father, and Chief, it was perhaps the last name he received, Pappy, that Larry was most honored to be called. Those fortunate to continue loving him are his wife of nearly 54 years Zoe; children Todd Heister and Elizabeth (Mark) Glasser; and the grandchildren he inspired to live wild and precious lives, Scott, Kira, Ashtyn, Cole, and Chase.
In recognition of his service to our country Larry will be inurned at Tahoma National Cemetery, and his well-lived life celebrated, at 11am on Tuesday July 24th, 2018.