Larry Floyd Lynch was born February 24, 1940 in Attica, Indiana and passed away April 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd Jasper and Freda Wanita Lynch and his great grandchild Malachi Krier. Survived by wife of 60 years, JoAnn Lynch, sister Ellen Ahrens and husband Dean, Stratford, Iowa, daughters Pat Kimmel and husband Drew, Tulsa, OK, Teresa Chapman and husband Jon , Tulsa, OK, Michelle Bero and husband Billy Warner, Ponca City, OK, and Kathy Moriarty and husband Brian, Sperry, OK and nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
After working construction, Larry decided that he did not want to work that hard again and was the first one in his family to go to college. He received a BA in Mathematics with a minor in English from Southern Illinois University and went on to teach high school and coach football and basketball in Illinois. After teaching, Larry returned to school at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with his master’s in mathematics. After graduating, Larry joined the first wave of corporate computer programmers at the Conoco Oil Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He went on to serve as their Director of Information Systems, responsible for Europe. Later he led the Santa Clara, California and Sacramento, California school districts computer departments.
When Larry retired, Larry and Jo Ann moved to Claremore, Oklahoma, to be closer to, but not too close to family. They bought a pecan orchard and raised pecans for several years. After selling the pecan orchard, Larry and Jo Ann moved into Claremore and created a beautiful welcoming home for their extended family and friends.
Larry had a wide range of interests and often referred to himself as a jack of all trades and master of none. Larry began to explore weaving, joined the Tulsa Handweaver’s Guild, and eventually became president of the guild. He had the heart of a volunteer and worked with Habitat for Humanity for a time, the Church of St. Cecilia Food Bank, took communion to the Catholics at the VA Hospital and was on the Board of Shepherd’s Cross.
Larry had a way with youth and was a huge influence on his children and grandchildren. Larry and Jo Ann helped to mold many a grandchild. He was also adept in the art of conversation and although he was very opinionated, he was willing to listen to others and had been known to change his mind in the face of a compelling argument or facts.
Family was of paramount importance and he was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a good friend to many.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Rosary will be on FaceBook at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 30. Funeral Mass on Friday, May 1st, and posted on Larry’s Facebook page at a later date.
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