Larry F. Dotson
July 7, 1943 ~ December 13, 2020
Larry F. Dotson, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020. He was 77.
Larry was born on July 7, 1943, in Youngstown, OH, the youngest of four children born to Harry F. and Freda M. Turner Dotson.
Larry grew up in Weirton, WV, and went to Weir High School. Weir High School is where he first met Priscilla “Penny" Setlak.
In July of 1962, Larry enlisted in the United States Army. When he was home on leave in March of 1964 to attend to his father's illness, he and Penny Setlak went out on a date.
Larry and Penny were married on August 6, 1966. In their 54 years of marriage, they were blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
He worked at Weirton Steel, as the river pump house operator for 38 years. On the side, he was a private investigator and a member of the Weirton Police Reserves. A private airplane pilot, for twenty years. Larry was also a Major in the Civil Air Patrol in Ohio County, West Virginia.
Larry and Penny nourished their faith at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, where Larry served as an altar server, eucharistic minister, and church council member.
He was a member of the WSX 25 year club, Weirton Heights Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 10, Pilots for Christ, Couples for Christ, and the Weirton Jaycees. Always busy and never sitting still, he also served as president of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
For fun, Larry loved flying his airplane, but nothing compared to the times he cherished with his family.
He will always be remembered for his honesty and his generosity, always putting his family first.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Dotson, and his two sisters, Patricia Law, ad Gloria Alexander.
Larry will be remembered with love by his wife, Priscilla J. “Penny” Setlak Dotson; his son, Jeffrey J. (Jennifer) Dotson; his daughter, Julie Ann (Ron) Bricker; and his three grandchildren, William (Skyler) Kelly, Ryan Dotson, and Alanna Bricker.
Visitation will be on Monday, December 21, 2020 from 5 PM until 7 PM at the Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Tuesday at the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church.
Rev. Fr. Tony Thurston will preside.
Interment with military honors will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Weirton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church 200 Preston Avenue Weirton, WV 26062, or to any organization that benefits our veterans.
Larry’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers of Serra Village for all the love and care they gave to Larry while he was a resident of Serra Manor.
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My deepest sympathy for your loss.
My condolences on your loss, Jennie and I will be praying for you and Larry.
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Larry F. Dotson, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Larry F. Dotson, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
Dear Penny, Julie & Jeff and grandchildren, our hearts are deeply saddened over Larry’s passing; we will miss his smile, his friendliness and most of all his friendship. May he Rest in Peace, he has earned his angel wings. Love, Mike & Marlene Runkel
I have fond memories of Uncle Bink that I will carry with me in my heart for the rest of my life. My sincere condolences to Aunt Penny, Julie, Jeff and all of the family and friends he left behind. Joe
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Penny, so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. With warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Francine Brosky-Menendez
Penny & family, we are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. May his soul rest in peace. We will be unable to attend the visitation but please accept our sincere condolences. Chuck & Lori Ballato
Dear Penny,Jeffrey, & Julie It is with great sorrow that Heidi & I read about the passing of our friend & old neighbor. I still remember his smile when I last visited at Serra Village. Penny we know that you stood by him through those difficult years. I am sure he enjoyed those ice cream bar you took him. We know his was very active in our community and his deep love for the Sacred Heart of Mary church. May his memory be eternal. Steve & Heidi Psaros
Sending you and your family our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Penny so sorry to here of Larry Passing. My self and Mike Rizzo, and Eddie Rocknich play football with Larry and walk to High School together every day with him. But as we got older we all when different ways But we all Loved each other and lived in the best of times in Weirton. God Bless You Penny and Larry is now at rest in peace. Your Friend in Christ Harry Caldwell
Dear Jeff and family, my deepest condolences for your Dad’s passing. While the many memories of him will sometimes bring you sadness, they will always warm your heart and spirit and remind you of what a true blessing he was to not only your family but all who knew him. May he rest in peace, and may God bless you and keep in His loving care during this most difficult time.
So sorry Penny and family. May he Rest in Peace. Donna Zahn and family.
I’ve known Larry for years RIP
The neighborhood and church has lost a good man. Prayers for you Mrs. Dotson and for your children. May he RIP
Prayers for this wonderful family 🙏
Eternal Rest & Peace 🙏🏽
Penny this is Billy and Jeanette Dotson we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Binky we have many great memories from the family unions you will always be in our hearts
Penny & family, please accept our condolences for Binky’s death. He will truly be missed at the family reunions.
With deepest sympathy,
Condolences to his family!
Penny so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏❤️🙏
Jeff and family – I just heard about your father. I’m so sorry for your loss.