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Larry C. Dunbar

November 30, 1940 ~ April 15, 2017 (age 76)
Larry C. Dunbar, 76, of Canton, PA passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on April 15, 2017.  He was at home surrounded by his family as he rejoined his childhood sweetheart in Heaven. Larry was born on November 30, 1940, at the family homestead in Ward Township, Canton, PA.  He was the eldest of three children in the family of the late Maxwell T. and Lealtha “Sally” (Woodward) Dunbar. On November 5, 1960, he married the love of his life, MaryLou Wesneski. Together they were blessed with 41 years together until her death in September 2001. Larry was a devoted brother, husband, father, grandfather, and “Poppy.”  He was always available with advice, usually adding in one of his famous idioms.  Although, he was very strong-willed and determined he was also a generous man and usually always had a sort of crooked smile on his face. He possessed an extremely strong work ethic all of his life.  He began work at the young age of nine, when he was a live-in farm hand for Russell Anderson.  He was always an outdoors kind of man and extremely knowledgeable about all species of trees.  Through the years, he worked various jobs dealing with wood including skidding logs with a horse named Fred and later as a log truck driver for Cummings Lumber.  He also worked for Lycoming Construction, in which he had a small hand in the formation of Route 15 in Steam Valley.  In 1976, he started a long and wary adventure into veal farming.  In later years, he drove bus for Krise’s Transportation and Endless Mountain Transportation Authority.  Upon his retirement, he joined his daughter’s family restaurant business, Moose’s Munchies, in Troy, PA.  He was known to all as “granpa.”  He was not only a dishwasher, he was also an apple and potato peeler, a box maker and stamper, a bucket opener, a meat slicer and a babysitter.  He will be deeply missed by everyone that ever called him “granpa.” He leaves behind his four children, Pam (Paul) Pidcoe of Granville Summit, LouAnn (Paul) Slater of Canton, PA, Larry (Ken) Dunbar Norman of Muncy, PA, Chuck (Georgeanna) Dunbar of Ogdensburg, PA; seven grandchildren, Lindsey (Nick) Bogaczyk, Jennifer (Jeremy) Balchikonis, Megan (Daniel) Frankenberger, Joshua (Tahani Metzger) Dunbar, Parker Dunbar and Karlind and Drake Dunbar; eight great grandchildren, Elias, Everly, Levi, Adalynn, Alyee, Aubrey, Hayden, Baxter and the 9th on the way; two sisters, Lila Wettlaufer of Ellenton Mountain, PA and Blanch Boyd of Shunk, PA; and a special friend Pat Landes-Dunbar. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart, MaryLou and recently his faithful companion Bud. Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton.  Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20 with Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Burial will be held in the Grover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed in Larry C. Dunbar’s name to; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital c/o 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please share memories and condolences at; www.pepperfuneralhomes.com
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