Public service was Highland man's hobby

2014-03-14T00:00:00Z Public service was Highland man's hobbyBY CHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 14, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Larry Vassar was the "ultimate servant to his Lord, his church, his family and his community," his obituary noted.

Vassar's daughter, Kimberly Cox, said he was very meticulous in and around his home and toward his town.

"He wanted Highland to look good," she said.

Lawrence M. “Larry” Vassar, 77, of Highland, died in his sleep on Nov. 7.

He served Highland for over three decades, including 32 years on the School Board until his death.

He also sat on the Park Board, Redevelopment Commission, was a Little League manager, scoutmaster of Cub Scout Pack 297 and girls softball coach.

He also served as president of the Region One School Board Association, Mended Hearts Chapter 268 and the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative board.

Last week, Vassar posthumously won the "Best of Highland" award in the school town category, Cox proudly noted.

Vassar was very proud of his 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

"We never missed any of their activities," said his wife of 58 years, Nancy.

Cox said her parents were both 19 when they married and started with very little. They soon bought the house that the family still lives in today.

"Dad worked really hard" with both a full and part-time job.

Cox recalled how kids often came to her parents with their problems and that many, as adults, still say hello.

Although he had many interests, Vassar had no particular hobby, largely because he was so busy.

"Public service was his hobby," Cox said.

He often reached into his pocket if a child needed money and gave money to parents if their kids needed help.

"He was a great example for all of us," his daughter said.

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