Kenneth Lawrence (Larry) Avery, Sr. passed away on April 26, 2022 at Good Shephard Village in Endwell, NY. He previously resided in both Ithaca, NY and Endicott, NY. Mr. Avery was born on March 19, 1927 in Berlin Township / Beach Lake, PA. His family moved to Endicott, NY in 1939.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janice (Lillian Snyder) Avery and three (3) children: Two Daughters – Denise (Carl B.) Jones Jr., Apalachin, NY, Lynn Heckathorn, Endwell, NY, and Son Dr. Kenneth L. (Deirdre) Avery Jr. – Merrimack, NH and Seven Grandchildren: Jonathan C.B.Jones, Christine (Joshua) Rollo, Danielle (Jerry) and Anthony (Chelsea) Heckathorn, Christopher and Noah Avery, and Shannon (Kolby) Arnold. Three Great Grandchildren – Arabella, Jaxon, Penelope Rollo. He is survived by Brother Robert E. Avery, Pittsford, NY and Sister Marilyn Swan, Uncasville, CT. In addition, he is survived by Brothers-in-Law/Sisters-in-Law, Robert (Bernadine) Wilcox, Johnson City, NY, Roger (Barbara Jean) Snyder, Raleigh, NC and Sister-in-Law, Eleanor Davies, Rockville, MD, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Avery was predeceased by his Parents: Kenneth E. and Alice R. Avery, In Laws: Russell and Gertrude Snyder, Sister-in-Law - Lillian Avery, Brothers-in-Law David B. Davies, Frank Swan Sr., Son-in-law David D. Heckathorn and Granddaughter Stephanie Heckathorn.
Mr. Avery graduated from Union Endicott High School and from the IBM Tool and Model Making Program and completed an Industrial Engineering Program with ICS, Scranton, PA. He also attended Broome Community College and Harpur College (Now SUNY Binghamton). He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was assigned to USS AJAX. During this phase of deployment, the ship assisted in the Bikini Atoll 'Atomic Bomb Tests' (Operation Cross Roads) in the Marshall Islands. Mr. Avery was recalled to duty during the Korean Conflict and was assigned to the USS Arcadia. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Free & Accepted Masons – Round Hill Lodge #533 – Endicott, NY, Otsiningo Bodies AASR-Valley of Binghamton and Kalurah Shriners.
During earlier years, he was a member of the Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. He was employed by IBM Corporation for 44 years. Larry enjoyed sports and coached Little League in Campville, NY for several years and obtained his Private Pilot's License. Larry loved his family and enjoyed many years of retirement with Jan at their home on the lake. He was a talented woodcarver and was a member of the Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers. He was also a member of Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY. We would like to thank the staff at Good Shepherd Health Care Center for their loving care given to Larry.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL – 33607 or the Memorial Fund of Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 2nd at 11 a.m. from the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 300 E. Main St., Endicott. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.