Lawrence B. Sipe 1928-2014

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Lawrence B. “Larry” Sipe, 85, of New Middletown, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was born in New Middletown May 14, 1928, to Clara “Curly” and Lawrence B. Sipe Sr.

He was a 1946 graduate of Springfield Township High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was part of the peace-keeping force stationed in Tokyo.

He was attached to the First Calvary in the Eighth Regiment as a heavy weapons specialist. He attended the War Crimes Trials being conducted in Tokyo at the conclusion of World War II.

Larry worked for Automatic Sprinkler after his discharge from the Army, and then as a brakeman and engineer for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, and CSX from 1951 until his retirement in 1988.

Larry was an avid sports fan, especially for Youngstown State University football, where he could be found in the locker room after every home contest talking to players and coaches. He also enjoyed watching the Browns, Indians and Cavs, as well as The OSU Buckeyes and Miami Hurricanes.

He was married to the late Eleanor Manda Sipe, who passed away Feb. 21, 2013.

Besides his parents and wife, Eleanor, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Samuel Manda; brothers, Kenneth Sipe, John Sipe and Robert “Skippy” Sipe; and sisters, Doris Blower and Margaret Menn.

He is survived by his children, Janet (Jeff) Dyer of New Middletown and Gary (Kathy) Sipe of Canfield; stepson, Michael (Rina) Manda of Niles; his nieces, Lynnette (Wallace) Swanson of Boardman, who he raised as a daughter, and Jeanette (Steve) Collinsworth of Youngstown; and sisters, Ruth Rabovsky of New Middletown and Carol Reese of Sarasota, Fla. He also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests material contributions be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in New Middletown.

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