Larry E. Musser, 75, EHS grad, propane gas industry leader, loved children, yardwork

By on October 10, 2018

Larry E. Musser, 75, of Hamburg, passed away on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2018, in his residence after a courageous 11-month battle with lung and colon cancer.

Born in Denver (Red Run), on June 19, 1943, he was a son of the late Dorothy M. (Buohl) Musser.

He was a 1961 graduate of Ephrata High School, where he was senior class president, and attended Millersville University.

Larry was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Hamburg and the Hamburg Rotary from 1973 to 1983. He enjoyed working outside and took a great deal of pride in his garden and yard. Larry loved all children. He especially looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren.

Larry was in the propane gas business for over 42 years. He worked at several gas companies, including: Nissley Bottled Gas, Inc., Ephrata, where he started his career in the industry; Suburban Propane, Lenhartsville, where he was a district manager and also, an instructor at their training facility in Charlotte, N.C.; Penn Fuel Gas, Inc., Oxford, where he was vice-president of the propane division; Coast Energy, where he was the manager of the NGL East Marketing; and Plains Marketing, where he worked in the sales division and from where he retired in 2005. He was president of the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association from June 1994 to July 1996. Larry was admired by his colleagues for his extensive knowledge of his profession. He was also a part-time locksmith for many years.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son: Mark Christopher Musser on June 13, 1983; sisters: Nancy Lesher, Patricia Clark, and Kathryn “Kay” Croft; and nephew: Brent Hertzog.

Larry is survived by his wife: Lorna (Weik), to whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage on July 6; daughter: Meredith Bixler, wife of Terry, of Hamburg; grandchildren: Cole Bixler, fiancé of April Allen, of Richmond, Ky.; Alexis Bixler, of Hamburg; great-granddaughters: Grace and Joanna; sisters: Janet Martin, widow of Robert; Doris Kuhns, wife of Paul; and Donna Bowman, widow of Gerald, all of Ephrata; many nieces and nephews; several grand-nieces and nephews; and his Mexican daughter: Gabriela Becerril, who first came into Larry’s family’s life as an exchange student in 1981, and had returned many times to visit with her American family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at The Bridge Church, 3561 Old 22, Hamburg. A viewing will be held in the church on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in Mellingers Cemetery, Schoeneck.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Pottsville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at lordbixler.com.

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