CHAMPION - Lawrence Gene Winans, 72, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Hospice House of Poland following a battle with cancer.
Mr. Winans was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Warren, the son of the late Francis and Roxie Yoxtheimer Winans.
Larry was a 1958 graduate of Fowler High School and was retired from GM Lordstown car plant. Some of Larry's greatest joys were golfing - he had two hole-in-ones; he loved to cook; and he was a very avid Ohio sports fan, especially the Cleveland Browns, Indians, Cavaliers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
He was a very active member in his church, Grace Fellowship in Niles, for the last two years and was an active member at his former church of 35 years at Assembly of God Church on Parkman Road.
He was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, serving during peacetime.
Survivors include his wife, the former JoAnn Pettit, whom he married Nov. 18, 1967; his children, Shelley R. (Don) Johnson of Bristolville and Steven Francis (Tracy) Winans of Howland; five grandchildren, Tamara Winans, Brittany (Steve) Douglas, Devon Johnson, Gabriella Winans and Jacey Winans; and one great-grandson, Brody Lawrence Douglas. Several siblings also survive, Donna (Bill) Connor of Stuart, Fla., Bessie Thorpe of Bazetta, Norma (Gene) Burns of Gustavus, Barbara Ann (Scott) Hopkins of Warren, Susie (Sam) Barricella of Youngstown, Rick (Kathy) Winans of Conway, S.C., Harold Winans of Warren and Lori Zuzolo of Bazetta.
Other than his parents, Lawrence was preceded in death by his siblings, Marie Lattimer, Robert, Raymond and Daniel Winans.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship in Niles, where Pastor Derek Boivin and the Rev. Matthew Lowe will celebrate Lawrence's life. Family and friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, in Cortland.