Larry A. Marshall, 75, of Waynesburg, Pa., passed away on October 14, 2022 after battling cancer. He was born on November 30, 1946 in Waynesburg, a son of the late Amity “Red” and Marie Marshall. Larry resided in Waynesburg his entire life where he served his family and community with diligence, knowledge and guidance.
Larry graduated in 1968 from Waynesburg University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and earned a master’s equivalent in Mathematics and Physics from WVU and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He taught honors physics at Trinity High School in Washington, Pa. for 39 years.
Upon retirement from teaching, Larry returned to work as the Athletic Director of Waynesburg University for seven years and recently as the Special Assistant to the President for Community Relations for three years. For his many contributions to the University and the community, he was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award this past April.
Larry played on the Waynesburg University men’s basketball team, later serving as assistant coach under Head Basketball Coach Rudy Marisa for 24 years. He worked at the Tri-State Basketball Camp for 34 years during the month of July. He coached the Trinity High School boys’ basketball team for five years and the Waynesburg Central High School girls’ basketball team for seven years.
Serving his community, Larry was an active member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Fire Company for over 57 years. He served as Fire Chief for 25 years, Assistant Fire Chief for two years, Captain for four years, lieutenant for one year, and had been a trustee since 2011. He taught and trained hundreds of firefighters as a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor for 48 years through the Pennsylvania Fire Academy in Lewistown. He previously served with the Pennsylvania State Fire Safety Advisory Committee. He belonged to Keystone Chapter Fire Service Instructors, Greene County Fireman’s Association, (president for 29 years), and the Western Pa. Fireman’s Association. He was an honorary member of the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department in W.Va. where he also was a judge of fire and emergency apparatus for 38 years during the Buckwheat Festival.
Larry served as manager of the Greene County Fair for 42 years and as the Main Street Manager of Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful for 12 years. He was a member of the Waynesburg Borough Council for 19 years and served 7 years as President of the Council.
On December 10, 1982, Larry married Elizabeth A. Potraz who survives. Also surviving are five children, Jeffrey Marshall and his wife, Stacey of Waynesburg, Eric Marshall of Waynesburg, JoAnne Marshall of Carmichaels, Pa., Jennifer Schmidt of Belgium, and Julie Merry and husband Josh of Yukon, Ok; two grandchildren, Gabby and Ian; one brother, Edward (Sandee) Marshall; former wife, Frankie Marshall, and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sisters, Brenda Petrick and Karen Sue King.
Family and friends are welcome from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, October 21 at Milliken and Throckmorton FH, Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton Owner/Director 197 N. Maiden St., Waynesburg, PA 15370. The Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will conduct a memorial service at 6:30 PM on Friday at the funeral home. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 22 at Roberts Chapel, Waynesburg University, 51 W. College St., Waynesburg, PA 15370. Burial will be private at the Greene County Memorial Park at a later date. Information is on line at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Waynesburg Franklin Twp. Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 392, Waynesburg, PA 15370 or to Waynesburg University, 51 W. College St., Waynesburg, PA 15370.