Larry Crable, 71

Larry “Hoss” Crable, 71, of Slippery Rock Twp. passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Born February 17, 1947 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Edgar and Leona Stewart Crable. He was married to Kathy Ritchey Crable for 46 years. She survives.

Larry played football and graduated from Shenango High School in 1965. He attended Clarion University. Larry worked for 30 years as a machinist at Billco in Zelienople and retired from ALCOA in Cranberry Twp. He was an accomplished ornamental blacksmith demonstrating at the Ellwood City Festival and the Portersville Steam Show for over 30 years. He was a Charter member of the Pittsburgh Area Artisan Blacksmith Association. Larry was an avid cyclist, having participated in the Tour de Cure, Watkins Glen NY (a 50 mile bike ride raising money for diabetes research). He enjoyed coaching amateur hockey for 8 years. Larry was a lifetime member of Ellwood City Saxon Club, Wampum Rod and Gun Club, National Muzzleloader Rifle Association, and an Endowment Member of the NRA. His hobbies also included hiking, hunting, fishing and extensive travel.

In addition to his wife, Kathy, survivors include a daughter, Laura (Brad) Goehring of Ellport; son, Bryan Crable of Scranton; sister, Joyce (Gary) Lindsey of Dayton, OH; brother, Donald (Mary Kunkle) Crable of Shenango Twp.; and two grandchildren, Jordyn and Finley Goehring.

He was preceded in death by a brother, David in infancy and a niece, Tami Lindsey.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday February 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 am. Rev. Elizabeth Wallace will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or the C3 Challenge to Conquer Cancer, PO Box 8232 Greenville SC 27604.

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10 thoughts on “Larry Crable, 71

  1. To the Crable family, and all those who loved Larry.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you..?
    Larry – i am sorry to hear that you have left us, you were one of the most wonderful and gentle people that i was ever fortunate to have met.
    Although i was never really able to spend much time with you, the times we did spend together will be cherished always. You taught me so many things, like waking up early in the morning to have breakfast at the local diner, how to shoot a shotgun at the range (something that is almost impossible to do here in Australia). Probably the most important thing you taught was to never smell fox attractant, even though it was your idea for to smell it in the first place hahahahaha…still a hard lesson well learnt.

    Anyhow mate…please know you were loved and respected, and i will continue to remember you.

    Forecer your mate from Down Under – Chris

  2. Sincere condolance to your lovely family. Much love from all of us here in Autralia. It was a privilege to have met that Gentleman..

  3. Their condolences to Hoss’s family and friends. Remembering the trip to Scotland with Allegheny and District pipe band. May peace be with you .
    Lillian Aston.
    Flourishing tenor drummer

  4. Very sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences to Bryan and Laura. Larry was always willing to discus blacksmithing with me when I was a teenager; I still use that knowledge today.

  5. Kathy & Family: I am so sorry to hear that Hoss lost his battle. I have been following his journey, short as it was, through my mom and Mike. I have fond memories of Hoss, always with a smile. I am sure you have a lot of wonderful memories, fall back on them and let each one of them help you through this very rough time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Ann Ritzert Frampton

  6. Laura, Brad & Family, Please accept our condolences on Larry’s passing. Bob knew him quite well. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and, we love you.
    Uncle Bob & Aunt Donna

  7. My brother Ray and I lived up the hill on Old Pittsburgh Road from the Crables. I have lots of growing up memories of adventures with Larry. During the ’60s he taught me how to skin a rabbit and re-load shotgun shells. He loaned me his vintage octagon barrel, 22 short, single-shot rifle. I remember him as a sophomore proudly and relentlessly defending the line while his junior and senior teammates got the glory. On a trip back to New Castle for a high-school reunion we re-connected and he took me with him to the Portersville Steam Show. What a talented and humble man he was … I’m sorry I never knew his wife and family … but, I know he was loved by many who were fortunate enough to become friends with him.

  8. My sincere condolences to Larry’s family. It was always a pleasure to meet him and see his artistic blacksmith skills. We have many common interests. He’ll be surely missed. May he rest in peace. God bless him and his family.
    Kenneth Hogue

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