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Rev. Deacon Dwight T. Larcomb Jr.
Rev. Deacon Dwight T. Larcomb Jr.CrucifixHeaven welcomed home Rev. Deacon Dwight T. Larcomb Jr. on December 20, 2022 after fighting glioblastoma cancer for as long as he could.

Through it all, his incredible spirit and love for everyone he met neither waned nor faltered. He was so many things to so many people that no mere obituary could encapsulate the totality of his incredible life of service to others. He often told his children that priorities are to God, country and family in that order.

Dwight was born in a farmhouse west of Harpster on August 23, 1934. He grew up during the Depression, mostly in Upper Sandusky hunting and fishing every chance he got. He ran track in high school, worked part time for Lyon’s Grocery and drove truck for Neumeister Bakery. He even drove a milk delivery truck early mornings before school when he was 15 years old covering for his father’s back injury until it healed.

After graduating high school from Upper Sandusky in 1952, Dwight interrupted his college career joining the U.S. Army in 1954. He was trained as a German linguist in Monterey, CA before his assignment to an Army Intelligence Unit in Frankfort, Germany under the supervision of Army Security Agency (that later became part of the National Security Agency) during the Hungarian Uprising. He returned home three years later enrolling at Ohio Northern University under the G.I. Bill.

He married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Kear, in 1959 and graduated with his Pharmacy degree in 1961. His true-life partner in all things, his beloved Kathy preceded him in death on Christmas Eve day in 2005 after 46 years of marriage.

A lifelong thirst for knowledge drove him to read the entire encyclopedia from cover to cover, countless novels plus nonfiction materials on a multitude of subject areas. He furthered his studies at a master’s degree level through the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, leading to his ordination to the Deaconate in 1986.

As a Catholic Deacon, he was officiant at baptisms, weddings and numerous graveside interments serving as comforter, counselor and friend to all for the next thirty-five plus years. His smiling face, comforting words, encouragement and positive attitude were known to many through an unbelievable number of masses, hospital and nursing home visits, as well as taking communion to people no longer able to leave their homes.

He had a special love for education and the students and staff of St. Mary School in Marion. One parishioner recently told a story of a time where the school’s finance committee gave teachers well-deserved raises after the Deacon gave a sermon at Mass extolling the virtues of their hard work and dedication. Dwight also served as Chaplain of the Marion chapter of the Knights of Columbus where he was also a 4th Degree Knight. An avid outdoorsman since his youth, he served for two years as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 50 carving out time despite working 12-hour days as a pharmacist as he owned his own business. He also enjoyed bowling and golf participating in various leagues during the 1960s, 70s and early 1980s.

He maintained a large garden for many years giving away most of the produce that he harvested. He canned numerous items including jellies, jams, pickles, tomato juice, etc. He was an unbelievable baker of pies especially cherry, peach, Dutch apple and mincemeat, his favorite. As if all that was not enough, he and Kathy both attained the distinction of Life Master in Bridge making many friends while traveling to many tournaments throughout the United States.

Dwight loved to sing even though, according to his children, he could not carry a tune in a wheelbarrow. He would crank up the stereo and sing opera at the top of his lungs on Sunday mornings until the children were driven from their beds, dressed and ready for church. The rest of the day was always dedicated to the family leaving work for the other six days of the week.

He was the oldest son of Dwight T. Larcomb Sr. and Cora I. Swartz who predeceased him. Siblings Barbara (Irven) Kieffer and Dorothy (Lou) Edgar sisters from Dwight, Sr’s first marriage (Helen Lavely) also predeceased him. Surviving siblings are Anne (Bob) Sebenoler, David (Ruth) Larcomb and Linda (John) Schwarzell.

Raised in Trinity United Church of Christ in Upper Sandusky, Dwight converted to Catholicism before marrying Kathleen. They had two girls and three boys. Their children are Margaret (Michael) Maggio, St. Thomas, KY; Stephen (Sandra) Larcomb, Marion; Douglas Larcomb, Fredericksburg, MD; Christine (Douglas) Schiefer, Gahanna; and Phillip (Dana) Larcomb, Charles Town, WV. Dwight also had twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday December 26, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall 1232 E Center St, Marion, OH 43302, where there will be a rosary service at 7:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Church in Marion on Tuesday December 27th at 10:00 a.m., Father Thomas Buffer will officiate. Military Honors will be given by the Marion Area United Veterans Council. Burial will follow at the Wharton-Richland Union Cemetery.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

Memorial contributions may be made in Deacon Dwight’s name to St. Mary Elementary School and/or the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Marion.

The family wants to thank all those who welcomed Dwight into their lives as Deacon, Pharmacist and friend wherever they were in their own life journey. You enriched his life as much as he did yours.

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#1 from: Molly Balch
Marysville, OH
Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 9:04 PM

So sorry for the loss of such a great man. Hold tight to your memories. God Bless!

#2 from: Mark rutledge
Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 9:50 PM

Dwight was my first friend.  I have always treasured the memory of when we met.  I was walking down the sidewalk with my parents in Kenton, Ohio when I was about five years old.  We walked by Dwight's house and he was playing by himself on the front stoop of their house.  Something intrigued me so I recall breaking away from my father and running up to where Dwight was playing.  We immediately started playing together.  And we became fast friends, growing up together, hanging  out, going fishing in nearby Silver Creek, and getting into trouble together until he moved away to Upper Sandusky with his family when we got older.


 I saw Dwight only infrequently after that although as soon as I could drive I started going to Upper a few times, and we stayed friends for a long time even though we have not been together much.  I am very sad to hear of his death.  I have enjoyed reading how important he has been in so many people's lives but not surprised.  Let me now say goodbye Dwight, I have always treasured our friendship.  And always will.
Mark Rutledge
2 Biddle Ct. Durham, NC 27705

#3 from: Ken Welshhans
865 Oak Drive Marion,Ohio
Thu, Dec 22, 2022 at 9:59 AM

As I read the obituary to my wife we both agreed what a wonder person he was and we
Both agreed is there anything thing this man
Has not done ? What a wonderful man you
Should be very proud what a great father

#4 from: Kim (Kirts) Novatny
Glen Rock, PA
Thu, Dec 22, 2022 at 12:57 PM

Steve, Doug and Phil,
I am saddened to read of your Dad's passing. What a life he lived and now back together with your Mom!
Please know you're in my thoughts!

#5 from: Chris Owens
Fri, Dec 23, 2022 at 10:38 AM

It was an honor to know Dwight.  His thirst for knowledge was never ending.  He had so many great qualities.  I always looked forward to his visits. I knew I would learn something positive that day. You will be greatly missed.

#6 from: Barrett Richter
Columbus, OH
Mon, Dec 26, 2022 at 3:17 PM

I only know of Dwight through his daughter Christine, who has been a co-worker of mine for 10 years. I have heard about his health struggles and many of the ups and downs over the past year and wanted to pass my condolences along to the family. I could tell that he lived a full life and refused to let anything slow him down. He was clearly loved deeply by Christine, and from reading the posts of remembrance here, it sounds like he touched many lives. I am so sorry for this loss and send my prayers to the family.

#7 from: Mark and Karen Sabel
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 10:44 PM

To the Larcomb Family,

We were saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. He was a remarkable person, and has left you all with many wonderful memories now that he has been called home by God! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you!

Sun, Jan 1, 2023 at 12:39 PM

Deepest sympathy for Deacon Dwight’s family during this difficult time of great loss.
Deacon brought Communion to the hospital for me and was always a blessing to those around him.  May he rest in eternal peace.

#9 from: David Larcomb
The Villages, Florida
Tue, Jan 3, 2023 at 7:22 PM

Dwight was my brother and he taught me the value of being an American.  He was a paper boy, a shoe shiner, and worked in a grocery story and a bakery before he was 18.  I went hunting with him often and since I was 3 years younger, he taught me how to use a shot gun.  One time we were hunting and he said for me to sit under a tree and he would scare the game to me to shoot.  They never appeared, but he did, with the day's limit.  He went into the US Army in 1954 and let me use his car for the next four years.  I really liked that, as times were tough and I couldn't afford my own car until I went into the military in late 1959 and my dad had to co-sign for the car.  Dwight was smart in math and I think he came in first in Hardin County 8th Grade State Test.  I am proud to have him as my brother.

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