Lawrence "Larry" Rooney
Lawrence “Larry” Rooney
Longtime Eagle River resident Lawrence Charles (Larry) Rooney died of complications from lung cancer Feb. 2, 2013 surrounded by family at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital. He was 83.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle River Ale House. A full military-honors memorial service and burial will be held at a later date.
Mr. Rooney was born June 24, 1929 in Philadelphia, Penn. He began his military career at Fort Dix, N.J. in July 1946. Technical Sergeant Rooney’s overseas duties included a tour with the 1st Calvary Division (infantry) during the Korean conflict, three years with the Caribbean Defense Command in Panama, tours of duty in France and Bermuda and four years with the Alaskan Air Command. Among the awards and decorations he received during his career were the Combat Infantry Badge, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
He met his wife, Ann, in New York and the couple was married in 1954. The military brought them to Alaska in 1965, and the family settled in Eagle River in 1971. He loved sports, was an avid bowler and coached his children’s baseball and softball teams. His favorite teams included the New York Yankees, San Francisco 49ers and Norte Dame. He was a supporter and fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. More recently, he enjoyed daily visits to Starbucks and ACS, where he formed many friendships.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Ann.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth Geoghan, of Bronx, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Sara Rooney, of Eagle River; daughters, Patty Day and Kathleen Hickey, of Eagle River; son, Tim Rooney, of Anchorage; grandchildren (and their spouses), Kristy Day, of Eagle River, Kamie and Noah Miller, of Eagle River, Korey and Erin Day, of Eagle River, Jon and Melanie Rooney, of Seattle, Jessica and Randy Ecker, of JBER, Jeni and Jamie Walker, of Anchorage, and Alison Hickey, of Anchorage; and ten great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.