Lawrence Russell Gabriel (Larry) died on Saturday (Nov. 26, 2011) at Wooster Community Hospital.
Larry was born on April 8, 1924 in Marysville at the home of his parents, Fred and Alma (Russell) Gabriel. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1946. Larry received his B.A. from the College of Wooster and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He and Alice Louise Hudson of Cuyahoga Falls married on Feb. 25, 1950. They shared 60 happy years together. Alice preceded him in death in January 2010. Larry and Alice moved to Wooster in the fall of 1955 when Larry began working at Rubbermaid, where he continued working until his retirement 35 years later. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, where he was an elder, deacon and trustee and served on many committees. He was also very involved in a variety of civic organizations in Wooster.
He is survived by his sister, Alfreda Campbell of Wooster; his son, Frederick (Rick) of Wayne County; his son, Russell, and grandsons, Elijah Lincoln Gabriel and Fredrick Davis Gabriel all of Athens, Ga.; many loving nieces and nephews; and a large community of extended family and friends. All will miss him dearly.
Larry is predeceased by his sister, Catherine May Kipp.
A memorial service and a reception following will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wooster. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to People to People or the Viola Starzman Free Clinic in Wooster.