Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Colston Lawrence "Larry" Dine, 76, died at 1:55 p.m. Sept.. 5, 2009, at his home on Grand Lake St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 9, 1932, in St. Marys to Charles E. and Naomi Hughes Dine. On May 17, 1956, he married the former Leila Huber, who survives.
Other survivors are nine children, Maggie (Peter) Dine-Jergens, Cincinnati, Lori (Dan) Burke and Charlie (Suzanne) Dine, and Carla (Greg) Dine-Eaglowski, all of St. Marys, Dr. Cecilia (Dr. Ken) Jacobs, Beavercreek, Angela (Chuck) Molaskey, New Bremen, Dr. Katie (Dr. Skip) Dine Young, Hanover, Ind., Amanda (Jim) Gamble, Dublin, and Stacia (Scott) Dine-Axe, Celina; and 19 grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Frank William Dine, a brother, William "Bill" Dine; and three sisters, Mary Jo Dine, Betty Jean Dine and Virginia "Gussie" Snethkamp.
He worked for over 60 years at the St. Marys foundry originally started by his grandfather and relatives. In 1984, he and 32 freinds and fellow employees founded St. Marys Foundry, Inc., where he served as president and CEO for most of his career and later as chairman of the board. He was on the board of directors for the Minster Machine Company for many years, served as president of the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, St. Marys, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Oriental Order of Groundhogs, St. Marys Outing Club (Idlewild), and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, where he served as Mass server, CCD teacher, president of the finance committee, member of the choir, and as president of the PTO at Holy Rosary School. He was a scout master for the local Boy Scout troop and a member of Friends of Scouting and the Band Parents, St. Marys. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1950 and attended St. Joseph's College Rensselaer, Ind. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as second class petty officer and plane captain of an A.D. Skyraider during the Korean War. He completed tours of duty on both the U.S.S. WASP and U.S.S. Coral Sea aircraft carriers.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, the Rev. Tony Cutcher officiating. Burial is at Gethsemane Cemetery with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, St. Marys.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, St. Marys. The St. Marys VFW will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.
Contributions can be made to the church building improvement fund, Knights of Columbus, or The Heinzerling Memorial Foundation.
Condolences can be left at www.ciscofuneralhome.com.