Larry V. Warner, 79, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at York Hospital as a result of a pedestrian automobile accident.
A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 45 First Avenue, Red Lion, with his Pastor, The Rev. Timothy A. Funk, officiating. Masonic rites will be provided by Red Lion Lodge 649 Free & Accepted Masons. A visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church. Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, is in charge of arrangements.
Larry was born at York Hospital on February 25, 1937 a son of the late Ernest and Esther Mae (Baker) Warner. He graduated with honors from Red Lion High School in 1955. Larry was an exceptional three sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. Baseball was his favorite and he was scouted and given invitations to training camps by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies.
A shoulder injury derailed any plans to play professional baseball. Larry instead earned his Associate Degree from Penn State York and graduated from West Lawn School of Yacht Design. He went to work for Trojan Yacht Co. in Lancaster of which Larry’s father was one of the founding partners. Larry was a skilled draftsman and worked his way from carrying lumber to become the Director of Engineering at the time of his retirement. He was knowledgeable in all things involving motor yachts and often called upon as an expert witness.
Larry was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Red Lion for 50 years and over the years has served as a youth Sunday school teacher, head usher and was chairman of many committees. He was a member of Red Lion Lodge 649 Free & Accepted Masons and served as Worshipful Master in 1996.
Larry was the beloved husband of Dawn (Helder) Warner, the love of his life for 65 years. They were high school sweethearts having met in ninth grade. In addition to his wife, Dawn, he is survived by two daughters, Lori A. Warner Barth and Melissa and husband, Dr. Kevin Fabbri all of York. Larry’s greatest pride was his two grandchildren, Matthew Barth of Hyde Park, NY and Kathryn Fabbri of York. Larry also has a brother, Gene and wife, Miriam Warner of Red Lion. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Glen, Wayne and Ernest Warner, Jr. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Connie and husband, Gene Dixon. Larry was a beloved uncle to Joel Warner, Bruce Warner, Julie Warner Daughtery, Susan Warner Conway, Lisa DiChiara, Cindy Mehrkam, and Byron Dixon, II.
Larry was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was much loved by his family and many friends. Anyone who knew him will never forget his smile, sense of humor, his gentle soul and generous spirit. They will always remember when interviewed by his granddaughter for a school project in 2013 Larry stated "I love to spend time with family and friends. I am a pretty lucky guy. Things don’t always go the way you want them to go. I have no regrets. Help people out and if you do that, then you’ve done the best you could."