Larry Knox

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, June 3, 1947
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020

After a courageous 9 month fight against pancreatic cancer, Larry Knox went to be with Jesus On Thursday, March 12, 2020 at his home.  

Larry was born in Wooster June 3, 1947 to Ruth (Middleton) Osborne and later adopted by Kenneth E and Helen (Ritter) Knox. He graduated from Wooster High School in 1965 and entered the Air Force, serving as a mechanic at U-Tapao Air Field in Thailand. After returning home Larry first became a TV repairman for 10 years, then took a job with Ohio Edison Co as a communications technician where he worked for 36 years.

On August 5th, 1988 Larry married Bonnie (Lugenbeal) of Wooster and they spent many years working together on their family genealogies, at the Wayne County Library and then the Wayne County Chapter of OGS where they indexed local genealogy records. Larry & Bonnie were lifetime members of the Ohio Genealogy Society.

In 2001 Larry and Bonnie were instrumental in forming the Wayne County Cemetery Preservation Society of which both served as president for a number of years.  Together, with the help of a half dozen friends and co-volunteers, they completed the reading, recording and photography of all the cemeteries within the borders of Wayne County.

For many years Larry was the Assistant Radio operator on the US LST-325, a WWII Memorial ship. He and his wife enjoyed many tours and trips to towns on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers serving as volunteers aboard the ship. They both felt it was quite an honor to serve on a ship that was on many of the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and served our country well.

Larry also enjoyed Ham Radio as a hobby and had many friends locally and world-wide. He was licensed by the FCC in 1963 and was known by his call letters K8LK.

Traveling was the main "hobby" of the Knoxes. They visited most of the western and south western states, Hawaii twice, and a trip to France to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Bonnie. In their merged marriage they had three daughters and one son: Dr Michelle Knox of Wichita Falls, TX and her twins Ethan and Julie (Warunek); Lisa (Kevin) Woods of Wooster, Logan Erwin of Columbus, Cooper Erwin of Columbus and Meghan and Justin (Erwin) Neidig of Wooster; Linda (Aaron) Marcum and daughter Laura, of Wooster; Christopher (Sharyn) Wipert of Orrville, sons Dillon Of South Carolina, with Chase and Brendan of Orrville.

Thank you to Dr. William Lago, for giving us nine months together that we wouldn't have had without his wonderful "gut feeling" that led to an early diagnosis; also to Dr. Paul Masci for his expertise in the field of oncology. We feel blessed to have had them both.

Donations may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691.

Calling Hours have been CANCELLED. A Private Family Service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691


Calling Hours have been CANCELLED. A Private Family Service will be held at the convenience of the family.


Calling Hours have been CANCELLED. A Private Family Service will be held at the convenience of the family.


So sorry Lisa and Bonnie and kids for your loss prayers for you all

I met Larry in 1960.We both got our Novice license in 1963. His original call was WN8ICQ,followed by WA8ICQ and K8LK. He was a great friend. Herman Gibbs. KD8PD.

Michelle and Linda so sorry about your DAD love you girls MOM

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna and Rick McCoy

We are so sorry about Larry's passing! It came as a real shock to us. We will keep you in our prayers for sure. Sincerely,
Ken & Elaine

Our greatest condolences as you live through this trying time. Best wishes to you as you move forward. We considered Larry a true friend and will surely miss him in the future. I'm sorry I won't see you at calling hours (we're practicing "Social Distancing" at this time in our efforts to avoid contracting the coronavirus) but will be thinking about you.

Bonnie - I'm sorry to hear about Larry. Sending prayers to you and his family.

Teresa Hannum Backstrom

So very sorry for your loss!! We send loving sympathy and prayers to Larry's family!!

Deb and I wish to express our deepest sympathies at your loss of Larry. He was a true friend as we grew up togather on Vine St. We enjoyed Amateur radio togather since the mid sixties. His friendship and council well be sorely missed.

Dear Bonnie and family - So sorry for your huge loss of your beloved husband. We will keep you all in our prayers. May he rest in the arms of Jesus. Sending love and sympathy. Maureen and Dick Cannon

Dear Bonnie and family members, I am sorry to hear of Larry's Passing, I knew talking to Larry that he was prepared to
be with God. Larry and I have been friends since the days we met on the Night Owls Net in the 1960's with our new Amatuer
Radio licenses

Dear Bonnie
sorry to hear about Larry's passing, You and your family are in our prayers,,
Neil & Helen Brown ( WD8LLA )

Bonnie and Family,
Sorry for your loss. He will be deeply missed. Your in our Prayer and Thoughts.
Randy, Pat, Ryan and Nathan Agler

Rest in peace, brother. no more pain

Bonnie and Family,
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Larry's passing. We were classmates and friends. I will miss talking genealogy with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Bonnie may the white light of Jesus Christ wrap his arms around you as you go through this. You and Larry were meant to be and the love between you two was a shining light to all of us that knew you both. Hope to see you soon. Jeanette

I am sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a pleasure to work with when he was photographing the graves at Warner Pioneer Cemtery. He had also put a College of Wooster student in touch with me when the student was doing a non-tradtional archaeology project. His and Bonnie's work will long remain with future generations. God Bless the Knox Family.

So sorry to hear of your loss! I had the privilige of working with Larry for many years at OE. We just recently were shocked to hear that he was so sick. Jan and I will be keeping you in our prayers. Jim (WB8ZKC) and Jan

So sorry to hear of your loss! I would love to get in touch with you! I will keep you in my prayers, and I hope to see you sometime soon. Love, Marceil Steiner

Dearest Bonnie and family,
Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers and also know that God is with you.
He will give you peace, strength and courage in this sad time.

Much love,
Dave and Lorinda.Wolbaugh
Carrie and Jared

Dave and Lorinda Wolbaugh

Bonnie & family, Sympathy and prayers for you during this stressful time. May Gods love give you peace. Larry was a great guy and a friend to all.

So sorry to hear about Larry. I enjoyed knowing you and Larry every since meeting the two of you in Marietta aboard the LST-325 ten years ago in Marietta. Larry was one of my favorite members of the ship and I had always hoped he would return. He was and will be missed.


I have just learned of Larry's passing. I am sorry I never connected with him about our shared family -William, James, John, Thomas and David McConkey. My direct family is through David McConkey, his son Albert, and Albert's daughter, Eleanor "Nellie" [McConkey] Williams-Peck. My father, David, was Nellie's son. I do not know how we are related. Is it through the Knox family or the Middleton-Osborne family? I was always going to come back to Wooster when the Geneological society met at the Library. -- Glenna

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