LCDR Larry E. Whitmeyer, USN (ret), 49, of Bethesda, Md., died Tuesday, 14 March 2006. He was born March 30, 1956, in Bucyrus to Galen and Jeanice (Leuthold) Whitmeyer. He graduated from Wynford High School in Bucyrus in 1974. Mr. Whitmeyer was the first Bucyrus resident to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978. Mr. Whitmeyer also received Master of Science degrees in Public Administration from the University of West Florida and in Systems Technology (Space Systems Operations) from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Whitmeyer married Antoinette Alsheimer on June 27, 1981.
He is survived by his wife and his two sons, Alec Joseph and Kevin Anton; his parents, Galen and Jeanice Whitmeyer of Bucyrus; his brother, David Whitmeyer of Galion, Ohio; his brother and sister-in-law William and Robin Whitmeyer of Columbus, Ohio; and his sister and brother-in-law Linda (Whitmeyer) and Daniel Schwab of Chesterton, Ind.
Mr. Whitmeyer served as a Naval Flight Officer in P-3C (Orion) aircraft from 1978 through 1994. Following his Naval retirement, he held positions with Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems and Loral Orion, where he was the director for operations throughout the Americas region. He later served as Director of Business Development and Director of Satellite Correspondent Relations for Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications. Most recently, he served as Senior Business Development Manager for Intelsat General Corporation. He has also served on the Global VSAT Forum Board of Directors since 1999.
Mr. Whitmeyer was dedicated to community service both in his hometown and in his current residence. He spearheaded efforts for the City of Bucyrus to recognize the commissioning of the Maritime Prepositioning Ship (T-AK 3015) named in honor of Bucyrus native and World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Marine First Lieutenant Harry L. Martin. Mr. Whitmeyer also ensured that the decommissioned USS Bucyrus Victory (AK-234) was honored and remembered in the city for which it was named. In Bethesda, Mr. Whitmeyer coached local youth baseball and basketball teams for the past seven years.
A memorial service was held Friday, March 17 at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, 9701 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Md. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday is Epworth United Methodist Church, 216 Hopley Avenue. The Rev. Sue Chidley officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends honor Larry Whitmeyer’s memory through donations to St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda or Epworth United Methodist Church in Bucyrus.