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Lawrence "Larry" Lacock

January 17, 1925 ~ February 3, 2018 (age 93)

Lawrence "Larry" Lacock, 93, passed away with his wife, Doris Lacock and son, Mick McKelvey by his side in Bonney Lake, WA.  His parents were Charles and Olive Lacock.  He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Lacock.  He has a sister June Bowles (Art) in Montana.

Larry was born in Browning, Montana and raised in Plains, Montana.  As a 17 year old Larry was working at a Boeing plant in Seattle when he and some of workmates felt the call to defend our country and enlisted in the U.S. Army in Fort Lewis.  After basic training he was deployed to the Pacific Theater as a commander/gunner of a half track.  As a member of the 209th Battery "B" Aviation Support he participated in the invasion of New Guinea at Lea.  He was wounded in battle and received a purple heart, one of 6 various medals he received in service to our country.

Upon his return, Larry went back to Montana until 1960, when he returned to Seattle and worked for the Burien Sewer District. In 1967 Larry purchased the Seattle Welding Company a business he owned until 2013.  He was an accomplished welder and that took up much of his time.  His most recent project was the ticket booth at the Big Wheel.

On May 3, 1980, Larry married Doris Hilfiker.  They enjoyed a very happy and loving marriage.  Larry loved sports.  He sponsored many South Highline Little League teams over many years.  They took great joy in watching their granddaughter, Courtney, throughout her softball career and women's softball continued to be his favorite sport. He also loved Duke Blue Devil basketball.

He was preceded in death by stepson, Richard Hilfiker (Neva).  He is survived by daughters, Darlene Krzcunk (Jimmy) and Cindy Fritz (Richard); sons, Mick McKelvey (Rhonda), Stu Lacock (Leslie) and Gary Lacock (Patricia).  He is also survived by stepchildren, Jeffrey Hilfiker (Noella), Karen Weil (Duane) and Leslee Hilfiker (Lori).  Larry had 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  They rarely missed supporting them whether it was a swim meet, horse show, basket/soft/baseball game or school event.

Family requests memorials be made to:  The Wounded Warrior Project. A memorial service has not been set. He will be interned at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA at a later date.

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