Lawrence Ostrye

Lawrence H. Ostrye, 92, of Martinsburg, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at home surrounded by family. He was also under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

He was born in Mercer, Pa. on July 26, 1920 and was a WWII veteran.

Larry is survived by one sister, Nancy O. Miner of Chadds Ford, Pa. ; daughters, Beth Jolles (Martin), of Ithaca, N.Y.; Sue Lilly (Tom) and Jane Ostrye, of Martinsburg and sons, Craig (Donna) of Geneva, Ill.; Jim (Mary) of Zionsville Ind.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and three nephews and eight nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Millie, on June 8, 2009.

Larry attended Wooster College of Wooster, Ohio, and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University. He and Millie were married in Spencer, W.Va., on Jan. 24, 1943. He served in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1946 and received an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain. He served 27 months in the European and Pacific theaters of WWII.

Larry began his career in 1947 as an employee of the Parkersburg Rig & Reel as a structural design engineer where he designed oil well derricks. He joined the Parkersburg-Aetna Construction Company in 1954 in sales and as a chief product engineer. He was a joint designer in patenting a metal panel in 1969 used in the construction of metal buildings. This company became Textron and then Walker/ Parkersburg. While employed, until retirement in 1983, he lived in Parkersburg; Charleston, W.Va.; Meadville, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C.

During his years in Parkersburg he participated in the community as a leader of various organizations and was a deacon, trustee and choir member at the First Baptist Church on Market Street.

Larry and Millie retired to Hendersonville, N.C., and he saw a dream come true when he designed and self-contracted their home from the first scoop of dirt to the last stained piece of trim.

Larry will be remembered by his family as a devoted, caring husband and good father. He was also a skilled woodworker, golfer, bridge player and had traveled the world. Living in Martinsburg since 1996 in 2003 he was able to care for Millie after a stroke, which included him becoming an accomplished cook – trying recipes he found in magazines and newspapers.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date with inurnment at the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery.

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