Mr. Lawrence J. “Larry” Keerd, 88, passed away on Friday morning, September 3, 2010 at Massena Memorial Hospital, after being admitted on Thursday from the Highland Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the past four years.
Larry was born August 17, 1922 in Massena, the son of Michael and Grace Whitford Keerd. He attended schools in Massena. On February 27, 1943, he entered the US Army at Fort Niagara, NY. Serving during World War II as a Combat Infantryman with the GO Headquarters, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division, Larry saw action in Normandy, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes, and Northern France, where he was injured during action on September 5, 1944.
These injuries resulted in being awarded the Purple Heart on September 13, 1944. Along with the Purple Heart, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 5 bronze stars.
Larry received an honorable discharge from the Army on October 12, 1945.
Larry married Glenna F. Mousaw on April 18, 1947 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Massena. She predeceased him on December 13, 1987.
Larry was an inspector in the inspection department at Alcoa and also worked as a dispatcher in the shipping department at one time. He retired in 1983 after 42 years of service.
A proud veteran, he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Earl J. Santimaw VFW Post #1143, American Legion Post #79, and the Gerald R. Roy Amvets Post #4. He was also a life member of the Old Timers Club and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
He enjoyed doing body and fender work on cars, fishing and woodworking.
Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and his pets, especially his cat “Duster”.
Larry is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Phelix and her husband, Robert of Bedford, Ind., Mary Jane Wing and her husband, Hugh of Massena; two grandsons, Randal J. Phelix of Mitchell, Ind., and Hugh R. Wing of Massena; two great-grandchildren, Corinna and Brandon Phelix of Mitchell, Ind., a sister, Mary Carlson Way and husband John of Mineral Bluff, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by an infant daughter at birth, Cathy Ann; an infant grandson, Steven Wing, a brother, Ervy W. Keerd, and two sisters, Pearl Reger and Dorothy Decker.
Friends may call Tuesday 12 - 2 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joel T. Grigg, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Gerald R. Roy Amvets Post #4 Rifle Squad and the New York Military Honors Squad will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Area 2, Massena.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or the Massena Rescue Squad.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com