Lawrence "Larry" Wasson was a Coast Guard, Army veteran

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 7:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Larry Wasson served his country, both as a veteran of World War II and Korea and as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. But outside of his professional life he was an avid bowler and a man who loved dancing.

Lawrence "Larry" Wasson of Columbia died Monday, March 10, 2014. He was 87.

He was born June 19, 1926, in St. Louis, to Roy and Alice (Wiley) Wasson. He married Amy R. Hicks.

Mr. Wasson was a veteran of two wars. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and during the Korean War and for many years after, he served in the U.S. Army as a warrant officer. He spent a great deal of his military service in the Aleutian Islands.

After retiring from the armed forces, he worked for, and retired from the Postal Service.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 202 and an avid bowler. In his free time, he enjoyed teaching young people in bowling leagues and Show-Me State Games. He was a member of the Columbia 50+ Club and enjoyed attending dances.

Mr. Wasson is survived by four children, Karen Wallace, David Wasson and his wife, Regeana, Brian Wasson and his wife, Lisa, and Brenda Devearux and her husband, Archie; six grandchildren, Matthew Hoppe, Keith Hoppe and his wife, Shannon, Chase Clay and his wife, Crystal, Brandon Wasson and his wife, Amanda Motz, Becky Wasson and her fiance, Ben Thelen, and Ashley Ray and her husband, Shane; eight great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Violet Canole, and her family.

His wife, Amy Hicks; his daughter, Deborah Hoppe; and his granddaughter, Tabitha Wright, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Suit 1-C, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203, and the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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