Former Auglaize County Sheriff Larry R. Longsworth, 62, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus, surrounded by his loving family.
Larry was born on Feb. 18, 1950, in Mercer County, the son of Robert and Bernice (Nuss) Longsworth, and his mother preceded him in death. His father survives in Wapakoneta.
He is also survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Janice (Haehn) Longsworth; a son, Aaron (Alicia) Longsworth; a daughter, Missy Longsworth (Casey) Crisp; two grandchildren, Alden and Allison Longsworth; two brothers, Dennis (Gayla) Longsworth and Gary (Paula) Longsworth.
Larry honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
Larry dedicated 31 years of service, law enforcement and leadership to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, the last 16 years as sheriff.
He was instrumental in bringing the DARE program to all county schools, the building of the new sheriff’s office and jail and in the creation of the Grand Lake Task Force and the Special Response Team. Larry was a devoted and loving husband, father and papa. After retiring in 2005, Larry spent his time traveling with his wife Janice, tending to his wetlands area he created on his property and serving as a source of quiet strength for his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. He enjoyed waterfowl hunting and loved nature and the outdoors.
A 1968 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, his memberships included the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445, the American Legion Post 330, Moulton Gun Club and held life memberships in the AmvetsPost 333 and the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. He was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds and enjoyed watching the Weather Channel.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Joy Miller, Sheriff Allen Solomon and Deputy James Wachauf officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted.
The family will receive friends 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour before the service Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Auglaize County DARE Program.
Condolences may be expressed at BayliffAndEleyfh.com.