Lawrence R. Shinebarger, 79, North Hornell

Lawrence R. Shinebarger, 79, North Hornell

NORTH HORNELL – Lawrence R. Shinebarger, 79, of Cleveland Ave., passed away on Wednesday (January 8, 2014) at Rochester General Hospital after a brief illness. His family was by his side.

Born in Hornell on February 8, 1934, he was the late son of Roland and Alta Mae (Collins) Shinebarger. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his sister, Vera Garrett of Lehighton, PA; his two brothers, Robert Shinebarger and Ronald Shinebarger both of Hornell; and his wife Elizabeth (Kightlinger) Shinebarger.

Larry was a graduate of Hornell High School and married Elizabeth “Betty” Kightlinger on April 16, 1952. Following marriage and prior to attending college he worked at the Hornell Woodworking Company, Elmhurst Dairy, Metropolitan Life Insurance and ACME Supermarket. After attending Alfred State College and then SUNY Geneseo, he earned his master’s degree in English and taught high school at Alfred Almond Central School. He later became an Associate Professor of English and head of the English department at Alfred Agricultural and Technical College until he retired in 1990.

With his love of learning and teaching Larry spent many hours with students, family and friends discussing books, philosophy and politics and was a supporter and frequent visitor of the Hornell Library. Larry and Betty loved the outdoors and spent much of their leisure time planting and tending to flower gardens and bird watching. Their home was always a welcoming place for friends and neighbors to gather. Their special love of animals always included their beloved pet pugs. Larry touched many people throughout his life who will remember him as a special caring person.

His loving family includes his son Douglas (Michelle) Shinebarger of San Diego, CA, his daughter Debra (Gerry) Kusse of Rush, NY, his brother Harry (Donna) Shinebarger of Balston Spa, NY, his four grandchildren Kara (David) Goan and Derek Shinebarger both of San Diego, CA, Clayton Kusse and Katie Kusse both of Rush, NY and two great-grandchildren Faith Goan and Grant Shinebarger both of San Diego and several nephews and nieces.

To honor his wishes there will be no calling hours or services.

Those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee St., Hornell or to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843

Arrangements are with the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell.

Online condolences or remembrances of Larry are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.