Larry W. Kallmerten, 66, of Nitro, went home to be with the Lord on June 2, 2013, after a courageous battle with liver cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar W. and Louise F. Kallmerten; uncle, Newman and aunt, Lucille Harrouf; and aunt, Naomi Davis.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Burgess Kallmerten and children, Thomas W. Armstrong Jr. and wife, Libby, of Nitro, Linda Armstrong Pennington and husband, Jim, of St. Albans and Robert W. Kallmerten and wife, Holly, of Nitro. He is survived by five grandchildren, Chad Pennington, Dylan Shaw, Andrew Armstrong and Brooklyn and Dayton Kallmerten; one great-grandchild, Hunter Pennington; his sister, Karen Cavender of Gaffney, S.C.; and his aunt, Carolyn Kallmerten of Nitro. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Larry was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Nitro and enjoyed participating in their chancel choir. He served his country serving active duty in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era and also served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 170, Nitro, Scottish Rite Bodies in Charleston, Beni Kedem Shrine in Charleston and was a member of the Beni Kedem Gold Band. He also served his community as a volunteer fireman for the city of Nitro and also as the fire commissioner.
Larry was employed by Great Lakes Chemical, previously FMC, in Nitro with over 30 years of service. He worked at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home and Memory Gardens for a short time and retired from the state of West Virginia, where he was an environmental inspector with the Asbestos Compliance Program.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Nitro, with Pastor John Mason, Pastor Mark Smith, Pastor Nancy White and Pastor Tom McDowell officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rites will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Larry was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and will be missed by all whose lives he has touched.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2008 20th St., Nitro, WV 25143 or Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Kallmerten family. You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.