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Joseph John Larry

August 3, 1926 ~ January 21, 2017 (age 90)

Joseph John Larry, 90, Fairmont, WV died Saturday, January 21, 2017. He was born on August 3, 1926 in McComas (Mercer County), WV son of the late Rocco and Mary Mancini Porcaro. At an early age he was adopted and raised by his godparents, Isabella and Salvadore Loria.

He graduated from Northfork (McDowell County) High School. He played varsity football and West Virginia Tech in Montgomery and later graduated from West Virginia University School of Mines with a BSEM degree in Mining Engineering in March 1952.

After graduation, he joined Jeffrey Mining Machinery Co. in Columbus, Ohio as a one- year administration trainee; then becoming a sales representative in Beckley, West Virginia. While in Columbus, Mr. Larry met and then married Louise Ridgely on June 13, 1953.

In April, 1962 he joined the Lee-Norse Company as Southern Appalachian regional manager, and later, New Product manager in Upper St. Clair, PA. He attained his mining Engineering license in 1963.

Island Creek Coal Company asked the president of Lee-Norse (and others) to evaluate a new virgin Pocahontas #3 coal property in the Grundy, VA area. Mr. Larry was assigned to the project where he developed the pressure arch theory using sets of multiple entries with 200 ft. pillars between to carry the high gas content out of the mine. The three 1200 ft. deep shafts were properly located in strategic valley locations. Island Creek Coal Company constructed six large mines as part of this design. Mr. Larry initiated, negotiated and purchased the Taylorville (IL) Roof Bolting Co. for the Lee-Norse Company.

In 1972, he joined FNC Mining Machinery in Fairmont as chief sales officer. He traveled extensively in Poland, Russia, India and Germany to evaluate long-wall mining equipment and techniques. EIMCO Mining bought the Division in 1986 and Mr. Larry retired from EIMCO in 1982.

He authored a pamphlet, “How To Market Mining Equipment” and after his retirement, published the book, “Roof Bolting Without Injury”.

He was past chairman of the WVU School of Mines Alumni, past chairman of Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) and past treasurer of the Fairmont Field Club.

He was followed in death by his loving wife, Louise Ridgely Larry on January 24, 2017.

He is survived by his two sons, Joseph Arthur Ridgely “Jay” Larry and his wife Joy Kaye Lang of Bridgeport and Christopher “Chris” Larry and his wife Melissa Ann Larry of Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren Emily Susan Larry and Matthew Ridgely Larry, Stephanie Elizabeth Larry Smetanick and her husband Jonathan Andrew Smetanick, Trevor Christian Larry and one great granddaughter Lyla Grace Smetanick.

In keeping with the wishes of the deceased there will be no viewing, and his body was cremated.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday March 4, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church 407 Jackson St. Fairmont with Fr. Robert A. Perriello as Celebrant. Inurnment along with his wife, will be at the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church 407 Jackson Street Fairmont, WV 26554, or the Department of Mining Engineering, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Arrangements are under the care of the Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont. Condolences may be sent to

 Service Information

Memorial Mass
March 4, 2017

9:30 AM
St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church
407 Jackson Street
Fairmont, West Virginia 26554

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