Larry Markel

Larry E. Markel

Saturday, July 19th, 1947 - Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Larry E. Markel, beloved husband and father, 73, of Bellefonte, passed to life eternal on Monday, October 19, 2020, at UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA. Born on July 19, 1947 in Sewickley, PA, he was the son of the late Ken and Laoma Markel. On April 21, 1973, he married the love of his life, Barbara (Columbus) Markel, who survives him at home after sharing 47 years of marriage together.

Larry was a 1966 graduate of Ambridge High School. He went on to serve in the United States Army. He was a member of the 4th Infantry Division, Specialist 4th Class, during the Vietnam Conflict. After his service, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Penn State University in 1972.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by a son, Ben Markel, a brother, Donald Markel (Peg), and a sister, Peggy Ickley (Randy). Also surviving are nieces, Harmony Aungst (Greg), Erin Letrick (Mark), and Kim Zalta (Al), and nephews, Adam Markel (Amanda) and Brian Letrick.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Eric, and a sister, Bonnie Letrick.

Larry was an Eagle Scout and later a Scout Master for several years, including while his sons were in the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest. Loving the outdoors, he once was an avid hunter, but as time passed, his enthusiasm shifted mainly to fishing from his boat and always looked forward to winter to ice fish for perch and crappie. Larry found riding his side by side and reading trail maps fun and challenging. He was a member of the ATV Rails to Trails and Central Mountain ATV Clubs. Gardening was another hobby he dabbled in, anxiously waiting for red tomatoes and green peppers that he grew on his deck. Lathe projects filled his time in the winter when there was no ice. Other interests of his included canoeing, forging, woodworking, and building his cabin. Camping in his RV around the country made his bucket list.

There will be a public viewing held on Monday, October 26, 2020, from 10:00 am until noon, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will immediately follow at the funeral home with Chaplin Klavens Noel officiating. Full military honors will directly follow the service at the funeral home. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Keystone Elk Country Alliance, KECA, 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA 15821.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 26th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, October 26th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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  • Service

    Monday, October 26th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, October 26th, 2020 12:00pm
    Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc.
    206 N. Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Chaplin Klavens Noel
  • Interment

    Private at the convenience of the family
    206 N. Spring Street
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Erwin Dallmeyer

Posted at 11:25am
Larry was a friend I came to know in the Vietnam jungle; upbeat, positive, with good humor. A small guy, he made it a point to show us bigger soldiers how to could carry the heavier load, humping the extra 25 lbs. as an RTO without complaint. He did his job well.

Angelo Nick Nixon

Posted at 06:30pm
Larry was my friend from our days in Boy Scout Troop 402 in Ambridge, as was his brother Don. He taught me how to tie my first square knot and we learned so much from him during those great Boy Scout camping trips to Camp Baker and Tionesta. His dad Ken, along with our other scoutmasters, Mr. Moneypenny and Mr. Holletts, were great role models and teachers. We were so very lucky to have those men in our lives, and I'm sure that Larry was every bit the scoutmaster that his dad was.

I feel so blessed to have connected with Larry again on Facebook after so many years. It was good to see the things that are important to him. My brother Wally and I, along with our wives, extend our sincere condolences to all of the Markel family.

Angelo (Nick) Nixon

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Posted at 06:07am
In Loving Memory, from Paul Poyman, Megan Dye, Alex Stansbery, Josh Hutton, and Jessie Doherty
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Bob Butkins

Posted at 05:03pm
In memory of a good friend and co- worker.
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Robert Butkins

Posted at 04:58pm
I’m so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a great co-worker at NVO and an even better friend. May his family be consoled at this time of grieving and remember Larry forever as the patriot and community contributor he was.
Bob Butkins

Ben Markel Posted at 05:44pm

Thank you for your kind words.

Barb Markel Posted at 07:46pm

Thank you Bob. Larry also enjoyed working with you. It was so nice of you to have a tree planted in his memory. Where do they plant it at? He never liked destroying a live tree. As a matter of fact He had a collection of dead tree pictures he had taken on his many journeys. He found the gnarled looks and strange shapes interesting. Without foilage, each tree has its own story to share. You had a great idea! Thank you again.

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