He was born April 4, 1947, to Harry E. and Dolores R. (Rupp) Mesnard in Norwalk. Larry grew up in Monroeville, in what is known as the Octagon House in town, and he was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Monroeville High School in 1966 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Following graduation, Larry joined the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Va., and served during the Vietnam war. Larry worked as an inspector for Ford Motor Co., in Sandusky, and the City of Monroeville as a part-time auxiliary police officer for many years. During a brief lay-off from Ford, he served full-time as a police officer returning to Ford until his retirement in 2001 after 35 years of employment.
He was a laid-back and simple man who was very patient and had a wonderful sense of humor. Larry enjoyed woodworking and carving, fishing, playing games, playing cards, going out to dinner, visiting casinos, and he really loved cats. He was known by family and friends as a handyman and could make or fix almost anything, and he shared those skills with his daughter. He enjoyed attending activities for Amanda’s running events, Alex’s martial arts and Megan’s band.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Rebecca A. (Waits) Mesnard of Monroeville; daughter, Lisa M. (Chad) Wahl of Bellevue; grandchildren, Amanda, Alex, and Megan Wahl of Bellevue; siblings, Jan S. (Spider) Webb of Norwalk, Mary Ann “Annie” Mesnard of Livonia, Mich.; sister-in-law, Barbara Mesnard of Monroeville, brother-in-law, Ronald MacMurray of Milan; and his loving cat, Simon.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his siblings, Donald H. Mesnard and Jean M. MacMurray.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. A Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 66 Chapel St., Monroeville. The Rev. Ronald Schock will officiate. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Ave. Norwalk, OH 44857 or to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Condolences may be shared at walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.