Larry G. Sidley, 67, of Butler passed away suddenly at Butler Memorial Hospital on August 28, 2019. He was born October 12, 1951 in Butler, and was the son of the late George and Ruby (Rihel) Sidley.
Larry graduated from Moniteau High School in 1969, and then proudly served the U.S. Army as part of the 2d Armored Division during the Vietnam War. After his service, Larry worked for Nationwide Insurance for over 30 years before he retired and dedicated the rest of his life raising his children.
He married his wife, Kimberly (Kison) Sidley on October 11, 1980, who joked that she was “his birthday present.”
Larry is survived by his wife, his son Andrew Sidley of Butler, his daughter Shannon Sidley of Colorado, and his best furry friend Ziva of Butler. He is also survived by his sister Ella (Sidley) Ford and her husband Kenneth “Buzz” Ford Jr. from Kennerdell, PA, his nephew Chad Ford from Kennerdell, PA, niece Stephanie Ford, of Polk, PA, and great-nephews Crosby and Garrett Ford, of Polk, PA.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Alma (Bell) Sidley, his maternal grandparents, Frank and Laura Rihel, his nephew, Jay Ford, of Polk, PA and his life-long best friend David LaVan.
He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Pirates, Steelers, and UConn Women’s Basketball. He was a lifelong Penn State football fan and religiously watched or listened to the radio broadcast of every game. Larry also enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling, staying current on world events, and driving. He loved visiting his daughter in Colorado and was excited to go to the Grand Canyon this upcoming October.
Larry was the best story teller and told the funniest jokes. He was considered “The Calmer” of his family because he was patient, always knew the right words for comfort, and had a fix for every problem.
While God gained an amazing angel on August 28, Larry will be forever missed here on Earth.
Family and friends will gather at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham Street, Butler, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Saturday. A Blessing Service will follow at 12:00 noon at the Funeral Home. Deacon Mitch Natali, will officiate.
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