---- — Larry Joe LeClerc, 78, of Lake Santee, passed from this life Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
Born March 24, 1935, in Shelbyville, he was the youngest of eight children of Elmer and Pearl (White) LeClerc.
His early life was spent in Shelby County. He first attended Addison Elementary, then Waldron. When Larry was in sixth grade, his family moved to Manilla, where he would spend most of his life.
An outstanding athlete, Larry was a 1953 graduate of Manilla High School and a four-year letterman in baseball and basketball. In his junior year, he led Rush County in scoring average. After graduation, he was spotted at a Major League tryout camp by a scout from the Washington Senators who sent him to an instructional league in Florida where he played for a while. He was to be sent to play next in South Carolina, but he decided instead to return home.
Larry could still recall the first time he saw Marty Miller as a blonde-haired fourth grader riding her bicycle in Manilla. After high school, they married June 5, 1955, and were married for more than 58 years.
Early in his career, Larry worked for Guarantee Auto and Nankivell Chevrolet in Shelbyville and also owned a Standard Oil station in Shelbyville. In 1964, he went to work at Allison Gas Turbine in Indianapolis and remained there until his retirement in 1993. After retirement, he worked several more years for GECOM in Greensburg as a layout inspector. He also farmed in both Shelby and Rush Counties.
Larry was an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and the Purdue Boilermakers. In the early 1960s, he drove race cars at the Indianapolis Speedrome. For a number of years, he was president of Rushville Babe Ruth baseball and also served as a coach for the Babe Ruth all-stars and the league’s 16 to 17-year-old team. He attended Manilla United Methodist Church and the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Rushville.
Larry is survived by his wife, Marty, daughter Pam (Bob) Waits of Rushville; son Dan (Tammie) of Columbus and son Mark (Betsy) of Indianapolis. He is also survived by five gransons: Jon (Abby) Waits, Jeremy Waits, Josh (Brook) Ratliff, Connor LeClerc and Adam LeClerc; one granddaughter, Mary LeClerc, and two great-granddaughters, Claire and Audrey Waits.
Also surviving are three older brothers: Earl (Jeane) LeClerc and Raymond (June) LeClerc of Shelbyville; Rex (Mae) LeClerc of Waldron, and sister-in-law Ruth LeClerc of Shelbyille, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dorman and James, and two sisters, Delores and Jean.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, care of the funeral home, 437 Amos Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176.