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HOBART - Lawrence E. "Larry" Hillis, 72, of Hobart, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at A.O. Fox Hospital.
Born on Sept. 23, 1944, in Cambridge, Larry was the son of the late Harry O. and Ruth (Jackson) Hillis.
Mr. Hillis was married to Merrill J. (Keep) Hillis on Aug. 18, 1979.
In his earlier years, he worked in construction for Grohs in the Albany area. He then started with New York State Department of Transportation and worked there for more than 35 years, retiring in 2001 as highway maintenance supervisor in Stamford. Larry also drove school bus for the South Kortright School District for more than 20 years.
Larry enjoyed serving his community as a volunteer fireman, first serving with the Grand Gorge Fire Department then with Stamford Fire Department until moving and serving Hobart Fire Department for many years, where he was fire chief. He also was past president of the Delaware County Firefighters Association.
Mr. Hillis served on the Delaware County Fair Horse Show Committee. He enjoyed farm tractor pulling and for several years enjoyed racing stock cars in the late model division at Mid-State Speedway, Morris, and Fonda Speedway, Fonda.
Above all else, Larry was devoted to his family. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending sporting events and being there for them and their families. He was a loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Merrill J. Hillis of Hobart; children, Lori and Doug of East Meredith, Russell of Hobart, Cathy of Duanesburg, Steven and Angela of North Carolina and Scott and Leaha of Virginia; grandchildren, Leslie Ann and Josh, Catherine, Benjamin, Tamara, Bert, Steven Jr. and Sierra, Bradley and Andrea, Cathleen, Paige, Brady, Carter and Hayden; several great-grandchildren; brother, Roderick and Phyllis of South Kortright; sisters, Janet and Bill of Croton-on-Hudson and Audrey and Dave of Grand Gorge; many nieces, nephews and cousins and close friends.
He is predeceased by his grandson, David.
A celebration of Larry's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Hobart Presbyterian Church with a reception at the Grand Gorge Fire Department immediately following.
Arrangements are with MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.
Share condolences with the family online at www.macarthurfh.com.
Published on June 6, 2017
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