NORMAN — Lawrence Timothy “Larry” Iovan, 71, of Slaughterville, passed away at his home Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. He was born July 30, 1942, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. He was the oldest of three children born to Timothy Iovan and Helen Dorothy (Synutko).
Born in southeastern Michigan, Larry attended Highland Park Elementary School, a suburb of downtown Detroit. He spent his high school years in southern California, where he enjoyed playing baseball and tennis.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years before being honorably discharged in 1964. He then attended college for two years before spending five years as a journalist.
He later left southern California and moved back to Michigan, where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Fisher. They were married on June 6, 1971, in Detroit and together raised five children. Larry worked various jobs before going to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk. He later became a letter carrier, eventually working his way up to electronic technician, which moved him to Oklahoma City.
Before retiring, Larry became the maintenance craft director for the union, then won an appointment as a national arbitration advocate, representing the union. After retiring, he later went to work as a technical instructor at the postal service’s technical training center in Norman. He worked there six years before retiring for his second time.
Larry and Mary moved to Slaughterville in 1993 and, in 2010, he became a proud member of the Slaughterville Board of Trustees. He remained active in the affairs of the Slaughterville community until his health forced him to resign. Larry was a faithful Christian man and was a member of the St. Thomas More Parish in Norman.
Larry’s interest and hobbies include science and watching the international financial world, but mainly building and collecting electric trains and model trains.
He was preceded in death by his father, Timothy Iovan.
He is survived by his mother, Helen Iovan of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; his wife, Mary of the home; five children, Richard Iovan and wife Sarah of Belvidere, Ill., Keith Iovan of Lexington, Timothy Iovan and wife Fether of Noble, Sarah Evans and husband Chad of Oklahoma City and Theresa Iovan of Nashville, Tenn.; brother, Ron Iovan of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; sister, Cheryll Skinner and husband Rick of Lake Forest, Calif.; three grandchildren, David, Lana and Sylvie Iovan and one on the way; also many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
A Rosary will be 7 p.m. today at Wilson-Little Funeral Home chapel in Purcell, followed by a funeral Mass service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Norman. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norman.
Send online condolences at wilsonlittle.com.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Aug. 29 2013